Category: Autism News

Autistic man can’t speak but you have to listen to his song

This is the amazing moment a man who can’t speak takes to the stage to sing this Christmas song perfectly.

Kyle Coleman, 25, was diagnosed with ‘Classic Autism’ when he was three-years-old.

Over time Kyle retreated from the world, leaving him unable to communicate with anyone.

But amazingly, he finds his voice when he sings.

Dressed in a Christmas jumper and a festive hat, Kyle took to the stage in his local pub in Gwithian, Cornwall, to sing Shakin’ Stevens’ classic hit Merry Christmas Everyone.

But spectators were stunned when Kyle opened his mouth and belted out the tune in perfect key.

Over 115,000 people have now watched the video on Facebook after it was posted on December 22.

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FINALIST to the The 2015 USA Best Book Awards

Finalist of The 2015 USA Best Book Awards!

Christmas came early to John and our family. My book, Living Autism Day by Day: Daily Reflections and Strategies to Give You Hope and Courage, made it as a FINALIST to the The 2015 USA Best Book Awards (Parenting and Family)!
With this, I would like to send out my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who had made this happen.

Autism in itself is a huge challenge and your constant support truly touched me and my family particularly John. All my book’s awards, I offer them in gratitude to everyone who continually motivate me to go the mile in raising Autism awareness and acceptance.

This award is for you.

For those who wish to know about my book, you can check out my website for a sneak peek:

To order, simply go to (for Amazon deliveries)

Once again, from the bottom of my heart—THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Tsunami of teens with autism’ reaching adulthood in coming years

autism-housing-care-20151108The question of who will eventually care for their autistic son, Adam, weighed heavily on Deborah Pugh and her husband until their daughter stepped forward to lift the burden.

Adam Elsharkawi, 24, will live with his parents in North Vancouver, B.C., working part-time in a bakery, and will eventually move in with his sister, Jemana, and her husband.

Adam hasn’t been told yet that he will one day have to move. Pugh knows parents of children with autism who aren’t as lucky.

“It makes me feel incredibly fortunate that my daughter is actually prepared to do this, incredibly fortunate,” she said. Pugh said a “tsunami of teens with autism” will soon reach adulthood, and many families are struggling to plan for their children’s future care.

One in 68 children live with the complex neurobiological condition that affects their ability to communicate and interact with others and often results in repetitive behaviour and attachment to routines or objects, said the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Some will be able to live independently but others won’t, as the symptoms range from mild to severe.

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2016 “Soul Walking” Calendar by Autistic Savant Artist Michael Tolleson

Calendar by Autistic Savant Artist Michael Tolleson
Calendar by Autistic Savant Artist Michael Tolleson

Examining my ability to paint; every stroke is instinctual since I have no training, and I rely on the use of the huge amount of stored information my Aspergers mind has observed and retained. Each painting a now create, regardless of size, is painted in less than 1 hour. When photographed during the process of creating a finished piece of artwork, my hand appears as a blur due to the movement of my hand and quickness of the application of paint to the canvas. This is the genius of a mind with Aspergers. In many ways I feel possessed during the actual act of painting, and I am reluctant to take credit for the finished work resting on the easel when I am done. What I do know is that the exploration of using a palette knife last year released me, and my use of brushes has now become less calculated and exact which allows the results to be much more impressionistic. I can now freely use both a palette knife and a brush while painting to get the desired results. The finished outcome is always a surprise to me.

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Autism or Autistic? A label is too small for a human being’s magnificence

autism or autistic

A label is too small for a human being’s magnificence.

Am I Autistic or Do I Have Autism?

The National Autistic Society (NAS) has recently conducted a study on what to call people on the spectrum. You can read about it here. There seems to be a lot of debate as to whether one should say, “He or she has autism” or “He or she is autistic.” I’m on the autistic spectrum myself, and people have sometimes asked me, “Do you want me to say you’re autistic or do you want me to say that you have autism?”

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Biometric wristbands predict outbursts in people with ‪#‎autism‬ – ‪#‎safety‬ ‪#‎livingautismdaybyday‬

Biometric wristbands predict outburst in people with autism

Wristbands that measure surface skin temperature and heart rate could transform the lives of people with autism by predicting big behavioural shifts

Biometric wristbands that can “see inside” the bodies of people with autism and predict dramatic behaviour changes could be commercially available within two to five years.
Dr Matthew Goodwin, an expert on wearable bio sensors in autistic patients, claims that the ability to measure minute physiological changes such as surface skin temperature and heart rate could transform the lives of people with autism.
Together with his team at Boston’s Northeastern University, Dr Goodwin is working with a lightweight wristband, similar to a watch, which measures four physiological signals – heart rate, surface skin temperature, sweating, and three dimensional movements of the limb that is wearing the sensor.
The team is also exploring ways to stream information from wristbands live to mobile phones, via an app. This would enable a family member or teacher to closely monitor the person they are caring for.
People with severe autism, who are often unable to communicate through words or body language, are apt to dramatic behavioural changes that include self injury, aggression and running away.
Through ten years of research in America, Dr Goodwin and his team have established that body signals may be able to predict these sometimes violent changes before they happen, giving carers the opportunity to take appropriate action.
“The autistic children we’re working with can’t tell us what’s going on. They can’t say they have a headache, or ‘it’s too loud in here’ or ‘I don’t like this teacher’,” he said.
“If we want to understand them, we need to look at what their body is telling us – and we need to do this in a gentle, unobtrusive way.”

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Model With Down Syndrome Makes Stunning Debut At New York Fashion…

Model With Down Syndrome Makes Stunning Debut At New York Fash…

Meet the model with Down syndrome who's changing perceptions everywhere

Posted by NowThis on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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kudos to both mom and daughter.

Bonaire girl with ‪#‎autism‬ overcomes early hardships on way to ‪#‎pageant‬ prowess

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Kelsey, who has also been diagnosed with autism, was 11 months old when the two met, and she weighed just 11 pounds.

“When I walked into the room, there were 20 or so babies and toddlers,” Norris remembered. “One of them said, ‘Momma,’ and it was this one.”

From that time, Norris recalled a day when she could visit Kelsey but couldn’t bring her home yet. Always among the smallest of the group, Kelsey — along with other small children — was a target when meal time came around.

Others lost their bread, but Kelsey clinched hers in a fist and covered it with her body, taking a few kicks and pushes from older children but keeping her food.

“I think that tenacity, that will to live, kept her alive long enough until I found her,” Norris said.

In the years since, the two have bonded while Kelsey developed a variety of interests. She does gymnastics, dance and even cheerleading, and her mother has been there every step of the way.

“I always kiss her,” Kelsey said.

Through her gymnastics and dance classes at KidsAmerica in Perry, Kelsey became interested in pageants. In the last year, she’s competed in 40 pageants and won 35 titles, and just two of those were specifically for special needs children.

The others had Kelsey working with and competing against the general population of participants, and that has been a good experience for her, Norris said.

“Since she’s started pageants, eye contact, the ability to walk up to peers she doesn’t know … has improved,” she said.

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Finally a Place Where You Never Have to Say I’m Sorry is Not Just a Slogan!

Gym for all!

The gym hopes to eliminate that stigma. Their slogan is, “Finally a place where you never have to say ‘I’m sorry’.” Green said, “It’s just nice to be in a place where he can be himself. Where he can yell, and he can jump and he can climb.”

The gym has 31 locations in 10 different states. CEO, Dina Kimmel whose own son has autism, started it 5 years ago. She says 1 out of 5 kids are affected by a sensory processing disorder and says the gym is needed for those kids to grow.

The gym has swings, a zipline, a trampoline and monkey bars. Visitors will also find a calming room and a therapy room and classes such as yoga and dance. It’s the only program of its kind like in Western New York. Kimmel said, “Those numbers are high and they are not going anywhere. This is a neurological disorder so it’s not like the other indoor play gyms. It is for fun, but it also serves a bigger purpose.”

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A study shows people with autism may have better creative problem solving capabilities

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A study by researchers in UK has found that people with autism may have better creative problem solving capabilities than those without and generate more original and creative ideas, breaking the myth that they lack creativity.

The results were confirmed by a survey that involved 312 people online who were given a questionnaire asking if they had autism. The questions also assessed if they might have some traits of the autism even if there was no formal declaration of the disorder.

Researchers were able to test the creativity of these participants by seeking interpretations of images that were supposed to be deeper than they seemed.

Secondly they gave participants one minute to list out maximum uses for simple objects like a brick or a paper clip.

The results of the research show that people who said that they have autistic traits and those who suffered from autism usually came up with lesser options but interesting responses than normal people.

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