A study of autistic children and adolescents in Australia showed that those suffering from anxiety, depression or similar symptoms (apart from autism) showed a more pronounced tendency to try to mask their autistic traits in social situations. Adolescents were also more likely to camouflage their autistic traits than children. The study was published in Autism Research.
Autism is on the rise among young children.
Earlier this year, a new study in the journal Pediatrics looked at more than 4,000 8-year-olds in the New York and New Jersey areas and found that autism rates have tripled over the last 16 years.
Expressions of interest are now open for the National Autism Strategy’s Oversight Council and its Working Groups.
This is an exciting opportunity for autistic people and representatives from the autism community to make sure the voices of autistic people, their families, carers and those that work to support them are at the heart of the National Autism Strategy.
The Oversight Council and Working Group members will guide the co-design work to develop and implement the Strategy, with Working Groups to consider four key areas:
"Having our child diagnosed with autism was the biggest challenge for me and my husband. Our marriage was even on the verge of breaking down, had we not sought help from experts," mum-of-two Ghia Man reveals to SBS Filipino.
The development of South Australia’s autism strategy will help make the invisible “visible”, according to an occupational therapy lecturer.
The South Australian government closed submissions for its discussion paper on its first autism strategy earlier this week.
The fragmented nature of early childhood vision screening across Australia could be overcome if the eye health sector can implement a new nationwide program by 2030. The topic is close to the heart of PROF FRANK MARTIN, as outlined in his Council Lecture presentation.
Chris Edwards, Griffith University
Media personality Em Rusciano has expressed shock after another radio presenter accused her of “leaping on the bandwagon” by widely sharing her autism diagnosis and its impact on her daily life.
When Ashleigh Keating worked as a primary school teachers’ aide, she would very rarely tell the teachers she supported she was autistic, even though her students often had the same disability.
Her reluctance was based on widespread ignorance and stigma around autism. She observed teachers did not have high expectations of autistic students, bad behaviour was blamed on autism and if a staff member was a “little bit of an interesting character”, it was assumed they must be autistic.
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