Autism News Tagged "autism"

The Positive Effects of Dogs on ASD: Ms. Claire’s Excellent Adventure

A Canine Assisted Educational Initiative

I think the ‘Claire Buron Project’, as we have come to call it, began years ago when I read about the positive effects of dog ownership. I began thinking that if owning a dog could lower a person’s stress level, and if just petting the dog could release pleasurable hormones, then maybe a dog could help calm highly anxious students with autism in a school setting.

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Voices of Those on the Spectrum

Some of our most powerful and insightful voices in the autism field are those on the spectrum themselves. Most people know Temple Grandin who has a powerful media presence, but there are many other excellent writers and speakers.

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Autism Awareness Centre Inc. Celebrates Ten Years of Service

This month marks Autism Awareness Centre’s 10th anniversary. Our past 10 years have been peppered with many memorable conferences, heartfelt letters, and projects all over the world. We’ve hosted 79 conferences since February 2004 – 9 in the UK and 70 all across Canada. AACI has hosted a conference in every province and the Northwest Territories. It’s been rewarding meeting…

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What in the World is Going On March 2013 Edition

It has long been thought that music therapy has a positive effect on children with autism. Pertanika Journal highlighted a study where improvements were seen, particularly in inattentive behaviours over a ten month period, in 41 children with autism. Music and movement therapy has been used to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. The researchers hope that their research will help children and young adults with autism to modify behaviour. To read the article, click here.

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Selling Hope

Can this Alberta woman fix the damaged brain? By John Nicol, CBC News If you listen to Claudie Gordon-Pomares, she has the cure for what ails your handicapped child. A self-described neuroscientist, Gordon-Pomares runs an organization called the Brain Repair Institute of Canada out of a modest home in Okotoks, Alta., and claims she can cure autism and help children…

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Speaking in Pattern, Theme and Feel

Speaking in sounds, movements, through the feel and theme of songs, jingles and advertisments was my first language. Affirmation was a structure that made sense, to use a jingle to affirm a feeling. So someone says, ‘we’re going’ out and I say ‘Gilligan’s Island’ to me this is an affirmation, just they are speaking interpretively and I’m speaking in theme and feel. Statements made sense because I was all self/no other, and all other/no self.

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What About the Kids?

Politicians are failing children, especially those with special needs. IMAGINE THE STRESSES of raising an autistic child. In the most severe cases of autism, children shut out the world around them, behave in ritualistic ways and communicate through shrieks and screams.

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