“Treating” Autism: Animal-Assisted Therapy

Although every case of autism is unique, many overarching therapies can be used to help autistic children anywhere on the spectrum. A fairly successful therapy called animal-assisted therapy can greatly aid autistic children in overcoming many autistic related obstacles. Animal-assisted therapy is a “treatment” in which autistic children interact with some form of animal which can be […]

“Treating” Autism: Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Diet

It is a universal truth that the food we eat has a direct effect on our bodies and, by extension, our behaviors. Everyone has a slightly different diet, which impacts the way they feel and behave. This leads to the idea that food and diet could also be used to help refine or improve our health, […]

“Treating” Autism: Music Therapy

Music is a powerful art form. It is something that is enjoyed universally regardless of what background a person comes from. The benefits of music are exceptional, so much so that it is often used as a form of therapy. What is music therapy? It is the therapeutic use of music to treat certain symptoms […]

“Treating” Autism: The Controversy of Applied Behavior Analysis

ABA: OVERVIEW AND PROS Applied behavior analysis (ABA), regarded by many to be the most effective evidence-based treatment for autism available, focuses on using techniques of learning that help promote positive behaviors and steer away from harmful or interfering ones. It has been endorsed by federal agencies as a safe and beneficial treatment, and there has […]

Global Perceptions of Autism: France

Though there have been numerous improvements in the recognition and awareness of autism across the globe in recent years, there are still many areas that are lagging behind in diagnosing the condition early on in childhood. Up until the last decade, France has been one of those areas, however, diagnoses have increased to a rate […]

Global Perceptions of Autism: Africa

Although the United States still has a way to go in how we perceive, treat, and accept autistic individuals, we are actually one of the most progressive countries when it comes to neurodiversity. This is likely due to the fact that autism is simply more well known and easily diagnosed in the U.S., whereas underdeveloped […]

Global Perceptions of Autism: Eastern Asia

Autism, though a well-known concept that has been around for about a century, is still a relatively new term for some regions of the world – namely, Eastern Asia. In fact, it was not recognized by researchers until the 1980s in China, merely 40 years ago. Today, there is still a gap between the understanding […]

Global Perceptions of Autism: Iran’s Cultural Understanding

When asked about autism in foreign countries, most people assume that autism is less prevalent in underdeveloped countries than in Western ones due to the lack of data available for developing countries. Furthermore, The cultural differences in these underdeveloped countries often cause a divide between countries on the view of autistic children. Iran, a developing […]