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Eating disorders potentially hiding autism diagnosis

Submitted by bobb on Thu, 3/2/2022 - 08:06

Young people with eating disorders may also have underlying and undiagnosed autism spectrum disorder, according to Flinders University researchers.

Led by Professor Robyn Young from the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, a new study has set out to further understand the link between autism and problematic eating behaviour.

“Research has shown that eating disorders and autism may co-occur, with persons with eating disorders being referred for consideration of an autism diagnosis with increasing frequency,” says Professor Young.

NSW: ‘Unacceptable’ wait to screen children for developmental delays, autism

Submitted by bobb on Mon, 31/1/2022 - 10:15

Caitlin Fitzsimmons

The average waiting time for a child neurodevelopmental assessment in the public system has blown out beyond two years at several services across Greater Sydney, while other services have slashed their waiting lists by tightening the eligibility criteria.

The long waiting times mean children miss out on crucial early intervention for developmental delays or neurodivergent conditions such as autism, or that paediatricians “fudge” a diagnosis to get the child the help they need.

Expecting Grace Tame To Smile Is Not Only Sexist, It’s Ableist

Submitted by bobb on Mon, 31/1/2022 - 07:14

In late 2019, about a year after I was diagnosed with autism, a media storm descended on then 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, accusing her of not smiling enough during an impassioned speech at the UN climate action summit. She was there, tirelessly campaigning against fossil fuel profiteers who are actively destroying the planet, which, of course, would’ve been a hoot. Most famously, conservative commentator Andrew Bolt labelled her “mentally ill” and “deeply disturbed”.

Discovering the 'hidden histories' of late-diagnosed autistic adults

Submitted by bobb on Thu, 27/1/2022 - 06:56

These days, Dani Croaker lives in Melbourne with her two kids and three dogs.

But growing up, she loved the space and freedom of living in the country. She mostly remembers it as a happy childhood — being out in nature and the wide-open paddocks with her sister and two brothers.

Yet when it came to things like school and friendships outside of her family, Dani always felt something wasn't quite right.

"I was too much. I got things wrong, like I didn't know how to temper my excitement or enthusiasm for things.

Gut bacteria don’t cause autism. Autistic kids’ microbiome differences are due to picky eating

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 22/1/2022 - 17:22

Chloe Yap, The University of Queensland; Andrew Whitehouse, The University of Western Australia, and Jake Gratten, The University of Queensland

There has been much speculation that the community of bacteria living in the gut – known as the microbiome – may be different among people on the autism spectrum than the wider population. This has led some researchers and clinicians to speculate that gut bacteria could cause autism.

COVID vaccinations, PCR and rapid tests particularly challenging for autistic children

Submitted by bobb on Tue, 18/1/2022 - 18:36

Hannah Neale

Myth Busting: NDIS won't fund that

Submitted by bobb on Wed, 12/1/2022 - 09:55

Chris Coombes

When chatting with colleagues, planners, or even looking at NDIS resources such as the “Would we fund it” page, you might come away with the impression that the NDIS doesn’t fund a specific support, that it’s forbidden. For example, someone might tell you, “the NDIS does not fund chiropractic”, or “the NDIS does not fund support worker hours for anyone under seven, or psychology for someone in prison without a release date, or yachts, yoga, spaceships, sex toys,” or… whatever. But the NDIS Act is silent on the specific supports that it won’t fund.

The 'autism advantage' at work and how it's giving firms a competitive edge

Submitted by bobb on Mon, 10/1/2022 - 21:46

Craig Allen

Gordon Douglas spent most of his 20s on welfare, struggling to find an employer who would look past his "differences" and give him a break.

The 34-year-old battled his way through job application after job application but, despite being highly qualified and intelligent, he often fell out of contention when it came to face-to-face interviews.

Being neurodiverse is not a barrier to success, but traditional job interviews might be

Submitted by bobb on Wed, 5/1/2022 - 20:11

Antonia O'Flaherty

When applying for jobs, Emma did not reveal she is neurodiverse because she was concerned prospective employers might judge her.  

"I can relate to the insecurity, to insecurities about revealing your neurodiversity, and about whether or not you would be judged on that," Ms Sellars said. 

"Or if you feel your job would be secure if you made a mistake.