FDA acknowledges autism risk from Depakote use during pregnancy

by Jane Mundy – Over the past few years, a number of women who took Depakote while pregnant have filed complaints with LawyersandSettlements regarding a possible link to autism. The FDA has finally acknowledged that exposure to Depakote during pregnancy may increase the risk of autism spectrum disorders. In August 2014, AbbVie Inc. (formerly Abbott), […]

We should not accept autism insults

by Gretnablue – I was diagnosed as Autistic when I was 2 and re-diagnosed when I was 10. I was screwed over by the vaccination scare (I only got my MMR jab once I came of age that I could make an appointment myself and had to do it behind my parents back). This one […]

Service dog could prevent girl with autism from wandering

Service dogs have been used for years, most recently used by children diagnosed with autism; now one local family is in line to receive one for their 4-year-old daughter. Two years ago doctors diagnosed Gabriella Rushing with autism and sensory processing disorder. At about the same time as she began to walk, her parents noticed […]

Managing the sensory needs of students with autism

by Pamela Gross – Like any child, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have wide variety of academic abilities. They also happen to have sensory challenges too. Some children with autism are hypersensitive. Others are hyposensitive. Some children have extreme sensitivity to touch, sight, smells, hearing and taste while others have an extreme lack of sensory abilities. […]

Stem cells may be the way to individualize autism treatment

by Greg Miller – As common as it is, autism is a puzzling disorder. Scientists have found more than 500 genetic variants that increase the risk of autism, but most of these only raise the risk a tiny bit. And for the vast majority of them, it’s anybody’s guess how they contribute to repetitive behaviors, […]

Mice provide scientists with clues to potentially better ADHD and autism treatments

A darting mouse may hold an important clue in the development of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism and bipolar disorder, according to a study by a Vanderbilt University-led research team recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The transgenic mouse, into which was inserted a rare human genetic variation in […]

Parents of autistic children upset by Seinfeld comments

by Kim Rossi Stagliano – When Kim Stagliano saw an “NBC Nightly News” clip of Jerry Seinfeld saying he’s on the autism spectrum, the first thing she did was get angry. The next thing she did was get on Twitter. Some might label her reaction a “rage spiral,” but Stagliano, whose three teenage girls have […]

Families with disabilities suing Disney must file individually

by Sandra Pedicini – A group of families suing Walt Disney Parks and Resorts over its new policies for people with disabilities, such as autism, has suffered a setback. The plaintiffs must file individual lawsuits, a federal judge has ruled. The lawsuit was moved to Orlando federal court recently from California. Judge Anne Conway said […]