October 19, 2015 |
Five-year-old Amber Hinkle really took to Sebastian, a miniature therapy horse whose job is to stand quietly and soak up attention from children like her. Amber, who has autism, kissed and hugged him and brushed his soft coat, an activity some autistic children find calming. Her parents had driven an hour from their Northampton County home for this, and they were thrilled. "This is the first place that she's done this well," Melody Hinkle said. It's been hard for the family to go out. Amber has meltdowns and makes loud noises when she's upset.
May 6, 2015 |
A YOUNG DRAGON master quietly dwells in one of the redbrick rowhouses of South Philadelphia. The dragon master was born with superhuman hearing and with special vision, for when he sees objects, he sees them like puzzle pieces, not as other little 10-year-old boys do. He's never felt like other little boys, either. He finds it difficult to look people in the eye, he doesn't like it when others sing him "Happy Birthday" and he never understood the point of hugs. But he's always understood dragons.
November 8, 2014 |
Seinfeld on autism spectrum Jerry Seinfeld 's sitcom character isn't the most socially adept person, but was he really autistic? The comedian tells NBC's Brian Williams that in real life he may suffer from a mild form of autism. "I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I'm on the [autism disorders] spectrum. " For one thing, he says, "basic social engagement is really a struggle. " Seinfeld, 60, who stars in the Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee , says, "I'm very literal.
March 29, 2014 |
A new federal report shows yet another unexplained increase in the percentage of children with autism, with New Jersey having the highest rate of 11 states studied. The report, released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that 1 in 68 children had autism in the regions examined, which were not representative of the country as a whole. In New Jersey, long a hotbed of the diagnosis, the rate was 1 in 46. The disorder is almost five times more common in boys than in girls.
February 8, 2013 |
WHETHER you're interested in celebrity silliness or a career in public relations, the following is a perfectly planted gossip item. According to Life & Style magazine - in an exclusive conversation with an unnamed friend of Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber - the reason Selena broke up with the Beebs is because he cheated on her. Duh. With Rihanna . Huh? That's right, Rihanna. You can stop laughing now. It has "devastated" Selena, the friend tells Life & Style . "It really cut like a knife because it happened in February of 2011, when Selena and Justin had been dating for months and were falling in love.
July 27, 2012 |
Showing off your talent isn't the point of the student showcase Thursday morning at Neil A. Armstrong Middle School in Fairless Hills. The star turn bringing a parent to tears might be Jordan Perry standing before the crowd as master of ceremonies. Not long ago, the 12-year-old was so withdrawn that he couldn't look his teacher in the eye. Or it might be Leila Kelley, 7, banging a bucket with a drumstick. Only a few days ago, she was so anxiety-ridden that she hid behind a curtain.
May 28, 2012 |
If you have ever traveled with a child with autism, you know you must bring along the obsession. For my son, 14, it is Legos. But rather than just carry them (though we did), we made it our destination — we traveled to Billund, Denmark, home of the Lego company and source of all things Lego. Our journey of seven days included four in Denmark and three in London, since Lego is designing a Big Ben kit. Traveling for a child on the autism spectrum isn't impossible, but even for a high-functioning child, the issues must be considered, teased apart, and reimagined in a foreign setting.
February 20, 2012
The behavioral symptoms that define disorders on the autism spectrum sometimes start to emerge as early as 12 months of age. But often, a firm diagnosis is not made until a child is 2 or older. What if you could predict autism when a child was just 6 months old? New research using sophisticated brain scans suggests this may one day be possible, enabling high-risk infants to be targeted for early intervention and treatment. The research, conducted by scientists at seven institutions, including Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, was published online last week in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
January 25, 2012
* TOUCH. 9 tonight, Fox 29. THERE ARE people who will be incredibly touched by "Touch," the story of a small mute boy (David Mazouz) whose mind grasps patterns in numbers he can't communicate but that could change our world, one connection at a time. How I wish I were one of them. Not only because I happen to like Kiefer Sutherland, whose portrayal of a single father struggling with a profoundly disabled son is touching and who, after Jack Bauer's relentless stoicism on "24," deserves to move his face.