Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD found that girls may present less severe symptoms of autism spectrum disorder than boys, causing them to be diagnosed with the condition later.
“The researchers identified differences in symptoms between boys and girls. They found girls struggled more with the ability to interpret social cues, while boys were more likely to demonstrate “severe mannerisms,” including repetitive behaviors such as hand flapping. Boys were also more likely than girls to have limited interests.
Older boys aged 10-15 were more likely than girls of the same age to struggle with social cues, however, and have difficulties with language in social situations.”
Read the full article from Medical News Today HERE
Today the new Government delivered its first Queen’s Speech, an annual event where the Queen announces the Government’s legislative agenda for the forthcoming year.
Read what the NAS has to say about the Queen’s speech HERE.
We all have the right to say what’s in our minds. However, we should always carefully consider the repercussions of our words. Words can empower, but they can also hurt. Take for example the inconsiderate and vile tweets by Katie Hopkins – a British television personality and columnist:
I really wish Katie would think before she speaks/tweets! Nobody in their right mind should utter, much less appreciate, these kinds of comments. Sort yourself out, Katie!
Are kids born naughty or are they just spoiled?
Why do kids misbehave?
Is it nature or nurture?
Dr. Dawn Harper and Dr. Ravi Jayaram will explore these questions in a new documentary series called ‘Born Naughty?‘ on Channel 4 (UK only). The series will start tomorrow, 14 May 2015 at 8pm.
I really hope that this programme will give describe the complexity of the development of behaviours. I guess we shall see…
I am angry. VERY ANGRY. 1 in 88 people in America has a diagnosis of Autism and yet this still happens??? How could they do this?
I understand that not everyone would react in a similar way as these crew members, but I am horrified at their ignorance. I am also aware that the crew’s priority at times like this is to diffuse the situation (if it escalated) in a calm manner. One may argue that they did so by giving the girl some hot food, but they should have left it there. They should not have landed the plane and kicked the family out ‘just in case’ the girl had a meltdown. This is utterly disrespectful. The crew members should be punished for this.
This highlights the fact that people do need to be more aware of what Autism is, how it manifests and how to interact with people who are diagnosed with it.
Below is a video of Jake Barnett in 60 Minutes. He is a Maths and Science genius and he also has Asperger’s Syndrome. I first knew of Jake Barnett through reading his mother’s book, The Spark, which is about the ups and downs that their whole family experienced mainly due to Jake’s Asperger’s. Most of his first teachers did not understand him. His family, especially his mother, fought long and hard to get the best education for Jake. Kristine (Jake’s mother) knew what Jake needed. She knew that Jake’s ceiling is much higher than what professionals have told them. Through the family’s hard work, Jake has ‘come out of his shell’.