World Autism Awareness Day: Assistive Technologies

Today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD)! The goal of WAAD is to raise public awareness and acceptance of people with ASD, and to promote research and treatment measures. The initiative to have an international day of autism came from the UN representative of Qatar, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, and it... Continue Reading →

11th Meeting of Patholinguistics in Potsdam

Last Saturday 18th November I attended again the Autumn Meeting of Patholinguistics in Potsdam, in a wonderful new location Am Neuen Palais. The theme of this edition was "Diagnosis and treatment of dysphonia" (also known as hoarseness), a condition of the vocal chords or the larynx which makes the voice sound breathy, strained, raspy, or... Continue Reading →

Books written by autists

There are hundreds of books about ASD and the personality of people on the spectrum, mainly written by psychologists, doctors, scientists, or parents. But the most insightful experiences can only be described by autists themselves. Their compelling accounts, in the form of autobiographies, poems, or fictional stories, reveal creative minds, but also struggles with relationships,... Continue Reading →

Sensory-friendly screenings @ Filmcasino

Going to the cinema is a common leisure activity, where we get to forget about the world and immerse ourselves in stories told in flashy lights and explosive sounds. Yet for some people this experience can be overwhelming, so they can't enjoy a movie night out. That's because they have sensory sensitivity, which means they are... Continue Reading →

10th Meeting of Patholinguistics in Potsdam

Waking up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday, dressing up to step out in a freezing morning of November, grabbing quickly a double espresso and hopping on a train... only motivated to attend the 10. Herbsttreffen Patholinguistik, an annual event about research on neurology, methods, and therapy of various speech-language impairments (e.g., dyslexia, aphasia, dysphagia, specific language... Continue Reading →

„Cvasi-autism” în orfelinate din România

Charles Nelson este profesor de pediatrie si neuroștiinte la Harvard Medical School și director de cercetare la Boston Children’s Hospital’s Developmental Medicine Center. A investigat autismul. El consideră că dintre numeroșii factori de risc implicați în TSA, cel mai intrigant este deprivarea psihosocială în copilărie, adică lipsa îngrijirii și a atenției asupra copilului, care des întâlnită în special... Continue Reading →

Descoperirile anului 2016 în autism

În 2016, majoritatea cercetărilor s-au axat pe factorii genetici ai autismului. Iată câteva descoperiri importante din domeniul geneticii și neuroștiinței: Cercetătorii au identificat o anormalitate cerebrală, ce poate fi observată încă de la vârsta de 2 ani și poate fi detectată de tomograf: o canelură mai puțin adâncă decât normal, aflată în zona Broca, responsabilă pentru... Continue Reading →

Dimensiunea etică a intervențiilor în autism

Ilina Singh este profesoară de neuroștiință și societate la Centrul de Neuroetică al Universității Oxford din Marea Britanie, și cercetează implicațiile sociale și etice ale inovațiilor în neuroștiință, psihiatrie și biomedicină asupra copiilor și a familiilor. În acest sens, ea dorește să aducă în prim-plan experiențe personale ale copiilor/tinerilor, oferind perspective locale și globale. Printre... Continue Reading →

10th Scientific Meeting for Autism Spectrum Conditions

The Scientific Meeting for Autism Spectrum Conditions (WTAS) is organized by the Society for Research in Autism Spectrum Conditions (WGAS) and is the largest research meeting on ASD in the German-speaking world. This 10th edition was held in Berlin, Germany from 30 to 31 March on the special theme "Language and Communication". For two days, researchers, clinicians,... Continue Reading →

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