Article: The Guardian: Is the NHS failing women with autism?

Autism, or ASD, is far more prevalent in women than previously thought but is still often untreated because the stereotype focuses on male behavior. Women, it is commonly believed, mask their symptoms by learning to imitate the behavior of their friends and family. Getting a diagnosis is difficult and experts say their difficulties with social interaction and attachment to routine are misunderstood at school and then work, leaving them at increased risk of mental health problems including depression, eating disorders and self harm. Often naive and fearful of displeasing people, women on the spectrum are also vulnerable to abuse.

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Article: My Aspergers Child: Insomnia in Children with Aspergers & High-Functioning Autism

Sleep problems are some of the most common problems moms and dads face with their Aspergers children. Most individuals on the autism spectrum, including adults have sleep difficulties, and many are actually going through their days sleep-deprived. This article gives several ideas on things to try to help get individuals to sleep.

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Article: Autism Daily News: The Positive Traits of Autism – Part 2 – Hardworking

People with autism can often be incredibly hardworking when they put their minds to a task. A lot of the time they don’t like to rest until the job is completely done, and often have a great eye for detail. Even though there are a lot of issues regarding people with autism and employment, in terms of not enough autistic people being in work, there are actually a lot of positive traits autistic workers can bring to any job. The simple fact of being hardworking is probably the most basic of these.

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Guide: Maths Doctor: Online child safety

This guide has been created to offer parents extensive information on how to keep your child safe online. It has information on implementing parental controls to practicing responsible social networking behaviors. This guide will give you some of the most effective ways to safeguard your child whilst they are online.

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Guide: Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI): A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety

While on-line computer exploration opens a world of possibilities for children, there are individuals who attempt to sexually exploit children through the use of on-line services and the Internet. Some of these individuals gradually seduce their targets through the use of attention, affection, kindness, and even gifts. This is a parent’s guide to internet safety and how to protect their children while still allowing them to explore the internet.

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Website: Banishing Bullying Behaviors

Our site is designed to be informative and open up conversations with people who are interested in helping children by banishing bullying behavior.

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Article: The rocking chair boy

Gerry would get up and begin pacing in the classroom. His teacher in his old school was frustrated with the child. She spent lots of time trying to get Gerry to sit down during instruction. He even had a FBA (functional behavior plan) addressing that “problem.” Gerry’s real challenge was that he had ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) which included extreme sensory issues. He also had limited verbal communication. This is a story about how a teacher figured out what to do to include a student with ASD into her classroom and get him to learn and do his work.

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Article: Autism after high school

Melanie Tyner-Wilson is facing one of her toughest battles yet. She wants nothing more than to help her son Jay Tyner-Wilson, who is a person with autism, land his first real job.

Public school provided opportunities for Jay to gain volunteer vocational experience. There, he discovered he enjoyed working with animals—and school offered a repetitive, structured and routine environment. But Jay is 21 years old now and aged out of the school system in May.
“The challenge is now finding a job,” says his mother. “That’s the golden ticket that I’m trying to figure out.”

Jay did not qualify for an official high school diploma, so the path to college or career is a tricky one. Melanie laments that many people with disabilities end up living in poverty unless they have families and other resources that can save and plan for them. With an ever-increasing number of students on the autism spectrum coming through the school pipeline, questions abound as to what they can do to build a life for themselves beyond school.

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Article: An autistic child’s (artificially intelligent) best friend

How Siri, Apple’s “intelligent personal assistant” on the iPhone, is seemingly changing the interface of childhood imaginary friends

This article is about Siri, Apple’s new personal assistant and how Siri became friends with an individual with an ASD. How Siri is able to have a conversation with someone and help them with their computer needs as well as solve a problem with friendship as well.

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Article: Flying under the radar: Girls and Women with Aspergers Syndrome

Aspergers Syndrome appears to be more common among boys than girls, when the research is reviewed. However, recent awareness of genetic differences between males and females, and the diagnostic criteria largely based on the characteristics of males, are currently thought to be responsible for females being less likely to be identified. Attwood (2000), Ehlers and Gillberg (1993) and Wing (1981) all acknowledge that many girls and women with Aspergers Syndrome are never referred for assessment and diagnosis for AS, or are misdiagnosed, and are therefore missed from statistics and research. Many girls and women do not meet diagnostic criteria, as the criteria are based on the behavioural phenotype of boys. There exists a critical need for diagnostic criteria to reflect the female phenotype.

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