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‘Lion King’ changes for autism: Broadway show accepts autistic audience

2014-10-18 20:27

The “Lion King” continues to be a popular Broadway production, but it was recently changed to meet the needs of a special audience. The show was adjusted for people with autism, so they could enjoy it at the Boston Opera House. More than 2,000 people attended the autism-friendly program, and other cities are considering the idea of holding similar productions.

Autism can sometimes limit the ability of families to enjoy events such as Broadway shows because they are worried about their autistic loved ones reacting to the sounds, smells and visuals in a ne

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Michael Jackson concert tribute will be performed by girl with Asperger’s syndrome

2014-10-17 20:36

The Michael Jackson concert in Nevada will feature a young girl with a special talent. Falynne Lewing has Asperger’s syndrome and had problems walking as a child, but these issues are not visible once she starts to dance. The 13-year-old will be a featured dancer at the tribute concert in Reno.

Fans of Michael Jackson will be fortunate to see a young girl perform the amazing moves at Grand Sierra Resort during the tribute concert.

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Autistic boy’s bicycle is stolen: Family wants help

2014-10-16 19:00

An autistic boy in Haverhill is missing the chance to enjoy his special bicycle after it was stolen from his family’s yard. Brenda Burns explains that the bike has a custom-made cart for her autistic son, and it is not possible to find another one in Massachusetts. The family hopes the thief will have a change of heart and return the bicycle.

Sawyer Burns loved using the custom-made cart attached to the bicycle because it let him enjoy the outdoors without reminding him of his inability to actually ride a regular bike.

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Wisconsin family wants special street signs for autistic child

2014-10-15 20:31

A family in Wisconsin wants special street signs for their autistic child, but the Autism Society of Southeast Wisconsin is not supporting them. The society believes the signs may actually lead to more problems and does not want them installed. The Krencisz family is asking the city of Racine to warn drivers that a child with autism lives on their street.

The Krencisz family believes their 5-year-old autistic son is a run-away risk based on his past behavior.

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Autism Birdhouse app helps families track children

2014-10-14 19:04

Autism can be overwhelming for some families, and it is not easy to keep track of every change that is happening to a loved one with the disorder. However, the Birdhouse app offers a solution with a digital journal specifically designed for people with autism. It can be used to take notes and keep a list of a child’s behavior.

The Birdhouse for Autism app has been able to secure funding as a startup, and the founders are busy making improvements to the app. It is available for Apple and Android devices for free.

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Pete Evans blames autism on modern diet: Chef offers Paleo solution

2014-10-13 20:41

Chef Pete Evans has started a controversy with his comments about autism, but he has provided a solution. The chef blames the modern diet for causing autism and believes a Paleo diet can help reverse symptoms. However, multiple researchers and medical professionals have denied his claims while reminding parents of autistic children to be careful about statements that have not been verified through studies.

Pete Evans wrote a long Facebook post to explain his views on autism and the role diet plays in the condition.

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Autistic teen dies on school bus after seizure: Family sues years later

2014-10-09 18:46

An autistic teenager died on a Miami-Dade County school bus after a seizure that was ignored by others near him. The family of Kenneth Pierre Louis claims he did not receive prompt medical care despite the obvious signs of a serious seizure. They are suing the school board, but their lawsuit has been filed two years after the death of the teenager.

Kenneth Pierre Louis had autism and seizure problems, but he was able to attend a local public school in Florida. As he returned home from school in the bus, he began to experience a seizure.

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Autism healthcare cuts coming for military families

2014-10-08 21:31
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Cuts are coming to TRICARE, and military families are worried that they will have an impact on their ability to afford autism services. It is possible for healthcare plans to be cut by as much as 50 percent. Families with autistic loved ones are concerned they will not be able to get therapy with the reduced rates.

The Pentagon’s decision to make healthcare cuts could have a negative impact on families with autistic children.

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Autism linked to prediction problems in the brain

2014-10-07 18:43

Researchers have discovered that autism is linked to problems making predictions, and this may help explain some of the common behavioral traits seen in autistic children. The lack or reduced function of a predictive ability in the brain causes children to have anxiety and other issues. The new study points out why change is difficult for people with autism.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studied the neurological symptoms of autism and discovered an unusual trait inside the mind of autistic children.

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Wanderers Database for autism expands too slowly for some families

2014-10-04 21:05

Linda Lee helped found the Wanderers Database in Maine with the help of police after becoming concerned her autistic son could run away again. The database is now being expanded to include more areas as agencies continue to use the valuable resource. However, this type of service is not available in every state or country, and families with autistic loved ones continue to suffer if they go missing.

Linda Lee helped found the Wanderers Database in Maine with the help of police after becoming concerned her autistic son could run away again.

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