A Dad's Journey

Father of Autistic Twins Speaks Out

Browsing Posts published in March, 2013

latest in studies that indicate a much greater risk of having kids with autism:

The authors of the JAMA Psychiatry paper studied more than 50,000  women enrolled in the Nurse’s Health Study II, who were asked about any history  of abuse before they were 12. The questions delved into both physical and  emotional abuse, as the women evaluated whether they had been hit hard enough to  leave bruises, as well as whether adults or caregivers had insulted, screamed or  yelled at them. They also filled out questionnaires about whether their own  children were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. The scientists also had  access to the nurses’ health records, so they could adjust for other maternal  health factors known to influence autism risk, including nine pregnancy-related  conditions such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, alcohol consumption and smoking.

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Women who reported physical, emotional, or sexual abuse when they were young  were more likely to have a child with autism compared to women who were not  abused. The more severely the women were abused, the higher their chances of  having a child with autism; compared to women who weren’t abused, those who  endured the most serious mistreatment were 60% as likely to have an autistic  child.

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/03/21/study-women-abused-as-kids-are-more-likely-to-have-children-with-autism/#ixzz2OCJPAp4p

Was this really necessary?

High school football star with autism denied extra year of eligibility

“He was crying and screaming and yelling,” his father said. “He’s not very consolable right now.”

 

no wonder New Jersey has the highest autism rate in the US.

According to a new study by UCLA researchers, there’s a correlation with babies exposed to air pollution in the womb and autism—a spectrum of disorders ranging from a profound inability to communicate and mental disability to milder symptoms seen in Asperger’s syndrome that affects one in every 88 children born in the United States.

http://www.greenerideal.com/lifestyle/0314-new-study-links-pollution-and-autism/

Have you ever wondered what the world looks like to your autistic child?  This new sim will give you a glimpse into their world, providing you’re willing to take that trip.