Autism & ASD

Sometimes one WTF? is not nearly enough

This is a very depressing example of a journalist being entirely taken in by an anti-vaccination crank, Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, spruiking his snake-oil at the U.S. Autism & Asperger Association’s regional conference on Saturday in Cherry Hill, Jersey.

Sunday Science links

Image Source: National Geographic: Best Science Images of 2008 Announced (Honorable Mention, Photography: “Squid Suckers: The Little Monsters That Feed the Beast” by Jessica Schiffman) Ig Nobels The Annals of Improbable Research has just had its annual big night out:… Read More ›

Michael Savage is a drongo

I could have used many harsher terms, but I was exhausted from outrage and despair after reading his latest, and couldn’t really give him my best invective. Apparently, despite decades of study from medical and childhood health professions, Michael Savage… Read More ›

Ghouls

I haven’t posted here about the Virginia Tech massacre, because I had nothing adequate to say. I got in an argument about guns over at LP, and that was one reason I didn’t write on it here either. Sadly No!… Read More ›

Social skills: over-rated?

(Updated: forgot the damn link) Twisty thinks so, after describing her own lack of compliance with social conformity: It is an asset, not to mention a joy and a relief, to be unencumbered by social skills. What are they, after… Read More ›

So, my kids really are mutants

From Newsweek – Autism: New Findings in from Big Gene Study So what are the preliminary findings? What this shows is that there are rare chromosomal changes, what we call copy number variations, [associated with autism] rather than a single… Read More ›

Growing Up Different: Temple Grandin’s experiences with autism (and mine)

The whole article speaks to me about my experiences raising my autistic son, but this section especially:

AUTISTIC TACTILE PROBLEMS

I pulled away when people tried to hug me, because being touched sent an overwhelming tidal wave of stimulation through my body. I wanted to feel the comforting feeling of being held, but then when somebody held me, the effect on my nervous system was overwhelming.

Small itches and scratches that most people ignored were torture. A scratchy petticoat was like sandpaper rubbing my skin raw.