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Dec 4, 2017  Editor’s note: This story was first published on Dec. 3, 2015. We are sharing it again because it’s delightful. Share your own stories of Santas who went the extra mile on our Facebook page. Sitting on Santa’s lap can be a horrifying experience for many children, but for someone with autism, it can be …
Dec 29, 2017  The tests eventually led to a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome — now simply known as high-functioning autism — when Katie was 7 years old. Though her future then seemed bleak and their family’s journey has been challenging, Katie will graduate from college with her Bachelor’s degree this February …
https://www.today.com/…/girl-autism-proves-experts-wrong-graduates- college-t120596
Feb 5, 2018  Kristian Shouse, a student with autism at a high school in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was an honorary captain and started for the girls’ basketball team at their big game. Right after tip-off, she nailed the first shot attempt of her high school career . TODAY’s Hoda Kotb has your Morning Boost.
https://www.today.com/…/watch-student-with-autism-sink-basket-on-her-very -first-shot-1153887811506
Apr 14, 2017  Parents and loved ones who have children with autism spoke to TODAY about what they wish they’d known earlier.
Oct 6, 2017  All 6-year-old Wyatt needed was a haircut, but for children with autism, that can be harder than it looks. Fortunately, Franz Jakob and his vintage barber shop were there to help. Pictures of Jakob lying on the ground of his Canadian barbershop while cutting Wyatt’s hair have quickly spread, but the boy’s …
Mar 27, 2017  A new Muppet named Julia is joining the diverse and inclusive “Sesame Street” crew that has been part of so many childhoods. TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager reports on how the new character was introduced to foster understanding of autismspectrum disorders, after which Julia joins TODAY live, along with …
Apr 28, 2017  When you have a child with special needs, so much goes into a simple trip to the grocery store that most people don’t even realize. TODAY Parenting Team contributor Carrie Cariello, author of “I Know What Causes Autism,” walks us through an afternoon with her son Jack.
Mar 6, 2017  Parents of children with autism take note. It may be possible to predict autism in infants as young as 6 months who have older siblings with the disorder, according to a new study by a national network of researchers. Infants in such families are at increased risk of developing autism, which is typically …
Nov 13, 2015  One in 45 U.S. kids has been diagnosed with autism, a new survey finds. The rise is due to a change in the questions parents are asked.
Apr 26, 2017  For most of the country, Blockbuster is a blast from the past, but for the Zuniga family, the video chain had been an important part of their routine for close to a decade. Hector and Rosa Zuniga visited the local Blockbuster in Mission, Texas, at least once a week with their oldest son, Hector Andres.
Jan 27, 2017  For families of older children with autism, the future can be scary. One couple in Texas is trying to change that for their son and others.
Jul 19, 2016  The “Pokemon Go” craze has been linked to car crashes, grim discoveries and even reports of people falling off a cliff. But the wildly popular mobile game has also led to a beautiful awakening in a 6-year-old boy named Ralphie. Ralphie Koppelman has autism spectrum disorder and hyperlexia.
Dec 9, 2015  Santa gave one 6-year-old boy with autism the best gift he could’ve asked for this year. While visiting RiverTown Crossings Mall in Grandville, Michigan, on Friday, Landon Johnson and his four cousins took turns sitting on Santa’s lap to tell him what they want for Christmas. After his turn, Landon was …
https://www.today.com/…/boy-autism-forever-connected-santa-who-told-him -its-ok-t60606
Aug 22, 2017  According to the CDC, one in 68 U.S. children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder. Judith Newman, author of the new book “To Siri with Love,” tells TODAY how Apple’s electronic personal assistant fostered the communication skills of her teenage son Gus, who has autism.
Jul 11, 2017  The intensive, 5-day program gives kids with autism and their families a foundation of skills for potty training success.
Apr 21, 2016  In a viral video, a young boy living with autism provides answers to questions others often ask about the disorder.
https://www.today.com/…/what-it-have-autism-watch-13-year-old-s-heartfelt- t87456
Nov 2, 2017  Autism. The word had been in the back of my mind for a while, but I still wasn’t ready to apply it to my daughter. We knew from the time Evelyn was a year and a half that something was wrong. The bright, chubby baby with the dark brown eyes just like mine had hit all of her milestones before her twin brother …
Jun 23, 2017  Joey Fatone may be the star of his family, but he has a little girl that’s ready to share the spotlight. The former boy-bander and daughter Kloey competed side- by-side this week on USA’s “Big Star Little Star,” and they did it all for a good cause — the advocacy, awareness and outreach organization Autism …
Sep 27, 2013  You may know her as Madison the mermaid in “Splash,” or for her roles in “Blade Runner” or “Steel Magnolias.” But actress Daryl Hannah, 52, has fought a private battle with autism for years, and tells People magazine that when she was a child , doctors wanted to put her in an institution.Her mother refused …
Mar 20, 2017  Elmo and Big Bird have a new friend on Sesame Street, a 4-year-old girl named Julia. She has red hair, loves her toy bunny and can come across as shy. She also has autism. Some viewers of the beloved children’s television program might recognize Julia from her introduction two years ago in an online …
Oct 21, 2015  She also has autism. Julia is the latest creation from the Sesame Workshop, and she offers children a relatable character they can understand, whether they’re living with autism or know someone who is. Marybeth Nelson / Sesame Workshop. Julia, new Sesame Street character with autism. On Wednesday …
Apr 21, 2016  I almost lost my marriage because of you. It was the year my son named Jack was born, and you were born right along with him.
https://www.today.com/…/dear-autism-mom-s-letter-shares-her-anguish-hope -t87651
Sep 16, 2017  As Jacob Wittman faced the completion of his high school years, his mother Shelly Henley met the milestone with an unexpected feeling: complete dread. That’s because the Indiana mother of two realized — like so many other parents of young adults with autism — that Jacob’s fate was uncertain. “You go …
https://www.today.com/…/mom-helps-son-autism-fulfill-his-dream-starting- bakery-t116128
Oct 26, 2016  After a two-year wait, a 5-year-old boy met his autism service dog. His mom was unprepared for the touching moment the pair bonded.
https://www.today.com/…/boy-autism-gets-service-dog-help-him-thrive- t104376
Mar 24, 2017  A video of a 6-year-old boy with autism zipping up his jacket has become a powerful symbol of the milestones achieved by special needs children.
https://www.today.com/…/why-video-boy-autism-zipping-his-jacket-so- powerful-t109596
Apr 15, 2016  Robert De Niro visited TODAY Wednesday morning to celebrate the 15th opening of the Tribeca Film Festival. During the interview, the esteemed actor commented on the controversy that sparked after “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Conspiracy,” was recently pulled from the festival’s lineup.
https://www.today.com/…/robert-deniro-debates-autism-s-link-vaccines-today -show-t86136
Apr 2, 2015  There’s no bond like the one between a boy and his dog, but 6-year-old Mark Fontana and his pup Echo have something even more special.
Apr 15, 2014  We know they mean well. Or at least we hope they do. All of the family, friends, co -workers and even strangers who approach parents of children on the autism spectrum with words that really should never have left their mouths in the first place. Words that often unintentionally hurt or upset family members …
Jan 8, 2017  Jory Fleming, who has autism, will be studying for his master’s degree at Oxford this fall after winning a Rhodes Scholarship. Reporting for Sunday TODAY, NBC’s Harry Smith meets the amazing student as he works to maintain his 4.0 GPA at the University of South Carolina.
Feb 5, 2015  Carrie Cariello, a mother of five from New Hampshire, writes a blog about her family’s experiences with autism. Her son, Jack, 10, was diagnosed when he was 18 months old. But Carrie’s post on Jan. 19, titled “I Know What Causes Autism,” offered a particularly poignant look at all of the scientific …
https://www.today.com/…/my-son-has-autism-i-am-not-anti-vaccine-t836
Feb 16, 2017  Doctors may have found a way to take some of the mystery out of autism: A new study finds it may be possible to predict autism within the first year of a child’s life, instead of the traditional window of between 2 and 4 years of age. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez reports for TODAY.
Feb 10, 2016  Since Bill Davis’ son, Chris, was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, the Pennsylvania dad has learned to modify his expectations, often making changes where needed in order to help his son succeed. Davis and his son are among the subjects of author Andrew Solomon’s book “Far From the Tree.
https://www.today.com/…/dad-who-fights-son-autism-says-he-never-gives- t72711
Nov 19, 2016  For members of the Massachusetts comedy troupe “Asperger’s Are Us,” autistic quirks and a tendency to take life literally bring on big laughs. Performing since 2010 in small venues around Boston, the best friends use their oddball humor to help others understand what it is like to be on the autism spectrum.
Mar 29, 2016  Former NBC chief executive Bob Wright created a non-profit organization from scratch into the world’s leading advocacy and research funding agency for autism . When he weighs in on the controversial topic of whether a link exists between vaccines and autism, people listen. “There’s no tie, direct tie, …
https://www.today.com/…/former-nbc-chief-autism-speaks-co-founder-no- direct-tie-t83061
May 19, 2015  Shawna Wingert is used to preparing for the worst when she flies with her 12- year-old son, who has autism, sensory processing issues and an anxiety disorder . But her experience with one particular airline was so surprisingly good that it led her to write a blog post that has been shared more than 8,000 …
https://www.today.com/…/flying-autism-moms-surprising-letter-jetblue- t21931
Nov 20, 2014  During a recent interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, funnyman Jerry Seinfeld made a comment about possibly being on the autism spectrum. But while his words were mere speculation, many on social media took him to task for what they considered a serious case of “self-diagnosis.”Now he wants to set …
https://www.today.com/…/jerry-seinfeld-clarifies-autism-comments-im-not- spectrum-1D80305538
Mar 29, 2016  Former NBC CEO Bob Wright sits down with Matt Lauer to talk about his new book, “The Wright Stuff,” which chronicles his NBC tenure as well as his co- founding of Autism Speaks, an organization to help families dealing with an autism diagnosis, as his has. He also candidly discusses his wife Suzanne’s …
https://www.today.com/…/bob-wright-co-founder-of-autism-speaks-on-battle -against-the-disease-654186051856
Feb 8, 2005  Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino is one of the most successful football players in NFL history. He says his most rewarding experience has been his life with his family: His wife, Claire, and six children, two of whom are adopted from China. He also managed to turn a family struggle into a …
Sep 19, 2016  Cause Cafe owner Stacey Wohl is on a mission to break down barriers and inspire others to do the same in the process.
Apr 26, 2016  A boy with autism was moved to tears by Coldplay’s concert performance of “Fix You,” and a video of that moment has evoked equally emotional reactions among its millions of viewers — including the band itself. In a video YouTube user Luis Vazquez posted to the video-sharing site last Tuesday, the dad …
Feb 21, 2005  What causes autism? While the condition is not new, doctors and scientists are unsure of its exact causes. Scientists say genes may play a role, although no single gene or genes have been discovered to definitively cause autism so far. Others blame the child’s pre- and postnatal environment. “Today” host …
http://www.today.com/news/autism-genes-or-environment-wbna7006980
Apr 14, 2016  During an interview on TODAY Wednesday, actor Robert De Niro said that he is not anti-vaccine, but he did raise a number of his own questions about the discredited connection between vaccines and autismwhile discussing the anti- vaccine movie “Vaxxed” that was pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival.
Jan 9, 2017  When stay-at-home mom Brandi Guillet, 42, first laid eyes on Ellie the dog, she knew she had found the perfect pet companion for her 6-year-old son. Connor is non-verbal and on the autism spectrum. Boxer breed Ellie, age 3, is deaf and has been trained to respond to sign language. While words and …
Sep 1, 2016  Travis Rudolph, a Florida State University football player, is being praised after eating lunch with an 11-year-old boy with autism who was seen eating alone. The boy’s mother says Rudolph is a hero in her eyes for sharing his kindness with her son.
May 20, 2016  Gordy Baylinson, a Maryland teen, wrote an eye-opening letter to a police officer, hoping to raise awareness about autism.
Oct 9, 2017  Mom of a boy with autism wins the TODAY and Jimmy Fallon ‘Everything is Mama ‘ contest with a video of her nonverbal son saying ‘mama.’
Jun 20, 2016  Florida police officers played real-life superheroes by coming to a birthday party for a young boy with autism.
https://www.today.com/…/police-surprise-boy-autism-his-birthday-party-after -no-one-t99581
Nov 15, 2017  A London father has too much gratitude to fit in 280 characters after he pleaded on Twitter to help locate a discontinued VHS tape for his son with severe autism. Professional musician James Dutton and his ex-wife, Cindy, asked their 19-year- old son, Thomas, for a Christmas wish list and found all the items …
Nov 29, 2012  The learning tools, made by French company Aldebaran Robotics, are being used to teach children with autism about the subtleties of human communication and emotion and to bring them out of their shells in the classroom. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.
May 23, 2016  Officer Tim Purdy saw a stressful scene; he followed his instinct and sat on the ground to talk to the autistic teen. The image went viral.
Aug 31, 2016  Single mom Leah Paske picked her son Bo’s middle school, Montford Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida, specifically because she knew he would be able to go there with his entire elementary school class. Because Bo, 11, was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old, it was particularly …
May 12, 2015  Colleges nationwide are expanding their special programs for students with autism. Along with academics, they offer life skills and emotional support.
Oct 26, 2017  Many children love costumes, haunted houses, candy, and the chaos of Halloween, but for children on the autism spectrum, the holiday can feel overwhelming. So their parents find creative solutions to make sure the day is a treat. Last year, 7-year-old Zachary wanted to be Darth Vader for Halloween.
https://www.today.com/…/how-parents-kids-autism-keep-halloween-treat- t117874
Jul 12, 2012  Logan has an autism spectrum disorder, and Barclay said she is unfortunately accustomed to such treatment. “Other parents look at you, like, ‘Oh my gosh, what is going on there?'” said Barclay, a 31-year old medical assistant. During trips to the grocery store, Logan will scream, curse and sometimes have …
https://www.today.com/…/parents-autistic-kids-say-stop-judging-us-878806
Apr 2, 2012  By Hannah BrownIf you are the single father of a child with autism who is raising that kid on his own, I apologize. But in the 12 years since my son was diagnosed with autism, I have yet to see a family in which the father stayed to raise the autistic child and the mother left.People ask whether my son Danny’s …
https://www.today.com/…/divorce-after-autism-going-it-alone-624517
Dec 4, 2015  TODAY’s Tamron Hall, Willie Geist, Natalie Morales and Al Roker look at sweet photos from North Carolina where a boy with autism wouldn’t sit on Santa’s lap for Christmas photos – so Santa took matters into his own hands and got down on the floor with the boy.
Nov 13, 2015  A new report shows that 1 in every 45 kids in the U.S. has autism. The new numbers come after the autism spectrum was widened to include a wider range of autism cases. TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie speaks with NBC’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Natalie Azar about the new report, and about new …
Aug 23, 2016  As most of you know, my daughter Cami has autism. For the past 4-5 years, she has been fixated on THIS shirt. She got her first one in kindergarten 5 years ago, and we have found 4 more since then, mostly on eBay. Her current one is almost unwearable, and eBay has gone dry. This shirt is a CIRCO …
Apr 27, 2015  Because of his autism, a teenage boy named Joey never hugged his mom — until a shelter dog named Roxy ‘opened up his heart.’
https://www.today.com/…/shelter-dog-helps-boy-autism-hug-his-mom-first- time-t17686
Apr 28, 2013  He adores his mom and dad, of course, and he loves his older brother. He also views some special ed teachers as rare, trusted allies. Still, none of those people could get many words out of him.It’s not that Jonny can’t talk. He knows how to speak, and he can read with proficiency. But autism left him closed …
Apr 2, 2014  Dr. Cecelia McCarton, along with Lois and Danny Molina, who have two children with autism, join TODAY on World Autism Awareness Day to chat about the disorder, and what’s driving the increase in statistics.
Jul 20, 2016  Mara Fineshriber remembers the first time her son mentioned having a friend. He was in fifth grade and made his mom cry tears of joy when he asked to go over to a classmate’s house after school. Ethan Fineshriber is now entering seventh grade with tons of friends — and even fans! The 11-year-old boy …
Oct 22, 2015  To increase autism awareness and help families who have children with autism, “ Sesame Street” is introducing a new character: A preschooler named Julia who “ does things a little differently” when playing with friends.
May 4, 2016  Carly Fleischmann proved that being “Speechless” wouldn’t stop her from conducting an inspiring and funny interview with Channing Tatum.
Jan 10, 2013  There are girls who spend their lives living out an episode of “Toddlers and Tiaras.” And then there’s Alexis Wineman, a Miss America contestant who entered the pageant world on a whim and now is the first-ever Miss America competitor who lives with autism.“Growing up, I never was really interested in …
http://www.today.com/…/miss-montana-first-autistic-contestant-miss-america- 1B7922351
Mar 28, 2017  Six-year-old Evan struggles daily with autism. He spent a month in a program training to zip up his jacket by himself. His mom recorded the moment he finally did it!
https://www.today.com/…/watch-the-triumphant-moment-this-boy-with- autism-zips-up-his-jacket-all-by-himself-908426307612
May 23, 2016  Jacob Tumalan has found a new way to practice his speaking skills: reading books to dogs at his local animal shelter.
https://www.today.com/…/6-year-old-with-autism-has-weekly-reading-date-at -animal-shelter-691098179992
Apr 22, 2016  For Max Miller, what started as a hobby and a way to get his emotions out is now helping kids with autism around the world.
https://www.today.com/…/teen-autism-creates-art-filled-book-help-others- disorder-t87951
Apr 15, 2016  The 10-year-old boy, who has Asperger’s syndrome — a form of autism — came home from Cumberland Head Elementary School in Plattsburgh, New York, on April 7 more excited than ever. To celebrate National Poetry Month, his fifth-grade teacher asked her students to write a poem about themselves, …
https://www.today.com/…/boy-autism-writes-i-am-odd-i-am-new-poem- t86651
Mar 24, 2016  College students at the University of Minnesota have launched the Nesel Pack, a backpack designed to bring comfort to kids with autism.
Feb 26, 2016  Mikal Bartosik surprised Jonathan Ramill in class with a cake asking if he’d go to prom with her.
Feb 23, 2018  Kate Swenson, creator of “Finding Cooper’s Voice” about parenting a child with autism, shares an emotional and raw vlog describing the moment her vision for her son’s future shifted dramatically. “I know that his joy should be enough,” she says. “It is a lot of the time, it really is. But last night I lay in bed and I …
Dec 7, 2015  They are the first things Will Haley looks for in the morning, and the last things on his mind before bed. He dips their tips in water when they run dry, and tries to squeeze out the last bit of ink. They are Crayola markers in a color called primrose, the purple shade the 12-year-old boy with autism is obsessed …
https://www.today.com/…/one-boy-autism-his-mom-color-kindness-primrose -t59446
Sep 15, 2016  Café owner Stacey Wohl opened the café to give her two children with autism the chance to be employed in a traditional setting.
Sep 6, 2016  After a mom’s plea on social media for birthday cards for her son , who has autism, went viral, he’s been busy opening the more than 20,000 cards he received from well-wishers from all over the world. “Things like this don’t happen to the likes of us … we are average people,” Karen Jones told TODAY via …
https://www.today.com/…/after-mom-asks-birthday-cards-son-autism– strangers-send-thousands-t102479
Dec 23, 2016  Watch this 10-year-old girl with autism and ADHD deliver an amazing version of ‘ Hallelujah’ at her school’s holiday choir performance.
https://www.today.com/…/10-year-old-girl-autism-sings-hallelujah-video- t106390
Jul 31, 2016  Suzanne Wright passed away last Friday at the age of 69. Wright founded Autism Speaks with her husband, former NBC President and CEO Bob Wright, after learning their grandson was diagnosed with the disorder. She was an advocate for people and families touched by autism, striving to get the world to …
https://www.today.com/…/life-well-lived-autism-speaks-co-founder-suzanne- wright-735517763590
Apr 22, 2015  A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at 95000 children, paying attention to children with older siblings who have autism. Researchers found no association between the MMR vaccine and autism.
https://www.today.com/…/new-study-no-link-between-autism-and-mmr- vaccine-432135747859
Apr 15, 2013  Like many fliers, 6-year-old Simon Frischling needs his iPad and some comfort food to make a journey go by faster. He loves watching videos of Julia Child cooking up a feast and “The Joy of Painting” with Bob Ross. He is a connoisseur of Swedish Fish candy.Figuring out the rest of air travel is still a …
https://www.today.com/…/special-program-lets-autistic-kids-fly-without- taking-1C9312610
Apr 1, 2015  A writer whose brother has autism explains why her marriage is about more than just her relationship with her husband.
https://www.today.com/…/autism-awareness-day-why-my-marriage-package- deal-caring-sibling-t12571
Dec 15, 2015  A new study links the use of a certain type of antidepressant to a dramatic increase in the risk for autism. NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar explains to TODAY what the research means for women.
Jun 21, 2016  None of Daniel Nicastro’s classmates showed up for his birthday, but the police certainly did.
https://www.today.com/…/police-surprise-boy-with-autism-after-no-one-rsvps -for-birthday-party-709669955582
Oct 24, 2012  With just 21 seconds to go, senior kicker Anthony Starego made the ultimate play of his high school football career, kicking a 22-yard field goal to beat the heavy favorite rival school. Anthony and his parents, Ray and Reylene, talk about that amazing moment.
https://www.today.com/…/high-school-kicker-with-autism-makes-winning- play-44494915950
Sep 25, 2015  Broadway actor Kelvin Moon Loh had barely left the stage after a performance of “The King and I” in New York City this week when he felt he had to speak out about a situation involving a boy with autism in the audience. During Wednesday’s matinee at Lincoln Center, Loh said a young boy with autism …
Jun 9, 2015  A study of more than 5 million kids in five countries finds higher autism rates in children with older parents, teen moms and those whose parents have a large age gap.
https://www.today.com/…/higher-autism-rates-found-in-kids-with-older- parents-teen-moms-460467267626
Feb 8, 2005  For parents, family members, individuals with autism, educators and caregivers is a new initiative devoted to educating the public about autism, facilitating and funding research, motivating private and governmental resources, and, ultimately , helping to find a cure for autism. works to promote lifelong access …
https://www.today.com/…/autism-resources-treatment-support-wbna6899179
Mar 8, 2016  In a revealing blog post, an Australian mom of four wrote about her husband being diagnosed with autism 7 years into their marriage.
Apr 9, 2015  Searching for a way to soothe her son’s anxiety, a South Carolina mom found a solution with a little help from a sewing machine, a few used military uniforms and rolls of pennies. Now, Crystal Lyons, whose son John was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at 2, is sharing her home-made weighted …
Apr 6, 2016  After her own son was diagnosed with autism, this photographer was inspired to create a special photo series for Autism Awareness Month.
Mar 20, 2013  A new government study that has come out this morning says one in 50 schoolchildren in the U.S. have autism. Previous estimates put the number at one in 88. The Center for Disease Control says the new number comes from an increase in diagnoses, not an increase in the amount of occurrences.
Feb 10, 2016  When 12-year-old cousins Jordan Fox and Makaylee Duhon decided to cover Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” they probably didn’t expect Swift to see the video. And when they sang, “We got a long list of donations/ But we don’t see your name / We got a blank space baby/ So donate today,” they probably …
Mar 1, 2012  Longtime firefighter Bill Canatta is committed to caring for his 21-year-old son Ted, who is living with autism. Bill teaches people across the country how to rescue other people with the condition, and his training helped one first responder save a boy’s life. TODAY’s Amy Robach reports.
Apr 20, 2016  Irish Snapchat star James Kavanagh featured his 13-year old nephew who has atypical autism in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Kavanagh asked him to explain his day-to-day life and some of the issues he faces because of the disorder.
Nov 18, 2016  Together, they comprise the “Asperger’s Are Us” comedy group, who uses offbeat humor to help others understand what it’s like to be on the autism spectrum.
https://www.today.com/…/meet-four-friends-who-have-autism-and-want-you -to-laugh-at-them-812680259809
Sep 9, 2014  A groundbreaking new study offers hope for parents of infants with autism, suggesting early treatment could reverse symptoms.
https://www.today.com/…/study-shows-treating-babies-for-autism-may- reduce-symptoms-327060547764
Apr 15, 2011  Living with an autistic child can leave an entire family walking on eggshells. Ten- year-old Alex Kline’s struggle with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome has consumed his entire family. His parents Tara Kennedy-Kline and Chris Kline decided to get help. A behavior consultant spent a week in their …
May 18, 2016  Students with autism at Park View High School in Sterling, Virginia, found comfort from an unexpected source — a horse. A miniature horse, to be precise, by the name of Fiona Fudge. When the pint-size equine hoofed it their classroom on Monday wearing flowered hair pieces and pink hoof guards, the …
Sep 9, 2014  Dr. Leigh Vinocur joins TODAY to talk about a just-released autism study that indicates positive results for autism treatment at a very early age. “Early intervention is the key,” she said.
Jan 11, 2017  Connor Guillet, 6, uses sign language to communicate with his new best friend.
https://www.today.com/…/see-the-special-bond-between-one-nonverbal-boy- with-autism-and-his-deaf-shelter-dog-852654659871
May 9, 2016  A 2-year-old boy with autism doesn’t interact much with strangers. But he fell in love with Snow White during a tender visit last fall.
https://www.today.com/…/snow-white-toddler-autism-share-tender-moment-s -melting-hearts-t91631
Mar 29, 2016  Former NBC CEO Bob Wright sits down with Matt Lauer to talk about his new book, “The Wright Stuff,” which chronicles his NBC tenure as well as his co- founding of Autism Speaks, an organization to help families dealing with an autism diagnosis, as his has. He also candidly discusses his wife Suzanne’s …
https://www.today.com/…/bob-wright-co-founder-of-autismspeaks-on-battle -against-the-disease-654186051856
Mar 29, 2016  The co-founder of Autism Speaks and former NBC chief speaks about his new book.
https://www.today.com/…/former-nbc-chief-autismspeaks-co-founder-no- direct-tie-t83061
Jul 31, 2016  Suzanne Wright passed away last Friday at the age of 69. Wright founded Autism Speaks with her husband, former NBC President and CEO Bob Wright, after learning their grandson was diagnosed with the disorder. She was an advocate for people and families touched by autism, striving to get the world to …
https://www.today.com/…/life-well-lived-autismspeaks-co-founder-suzanne- wright-735517763590
Dec 4, 2017  But thanks to the Caring Santa program, organized by the group Autism Speaks, Deely’s 6-year-old son was able to head to a mall in Charlotte, North Carolina, and spend some quality time with Father Christmas after the stores had closed. And he got to meet the man on his terms. Autism Speaks and …
Apr 15, 2016  The Institute of Medicine, an independent group that advises the U.S. government on health matters, has strongly advised that researchers stop wasting time looking at vaccines and search elsewhere for the causes of autism. When asked about De Niro’s comments, Autism Speaks gave a statement to NBC  …
https://www.today.com/…/robert-deniro-debates-autism-s-link-vaccines-today -show-t86136
Jun 23, 2017  The former boy-bander and daughter Kloey competed side-by-side this week on USA’s “Big Star Little Star,” and they did it all for a good cause — the advocacy, awareness and outreach organization Autism Speaks. It’s also a cause close to their hearts. Joey Fatone and daughter Kloey compete on “Big …
Nov 18, 2009  Here’s what Kathie Lee & Hoda discussed today:Is the Sarah Palin Newsweek cover sexist?Magazines airbrushing their baby photosHoda, Seinfeld, and Springsteen at Autism Speaks eventBacklash against new mammogram recommendationsAmbush Hits the Road: Columbus, IN.
https://www.today.com/…/todays-talk-airbrushed-baby-photos-autismspeaks– ambush-hits-road-1C9384623
Apr 9, 2008  The live, two-hour Comedy Central special (8 p.m. EST Sunday) will raise money for schools and education programs for autistic children and adults, with some of the money going to the advocacy group Autism Speaks. The last “Night of Too Many Stars” in October 2006 raised more than $2.6 million.
https://www.today.com/…/jon-stewart-wants-autism-benefit-be-funny- wbna24039069
Apr 15, 2016  Boy with autism writes ‘I am odd, I am new’ in poem celebrating differences … The 10-year-old boy, who has Asperger’s syndrome — a form of autism — came home from Cumberland Head Elementary School in Plattsburgh, New … Bob Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks, on battle against the disorder.
https://www.today.com/…/boy-autism-writes-i-am-odd-i-am-new-poem- t86651
May 23, 2016  Lindsay Naeder, autism response team director at Autism Speaks, says that Purdy did the exact right thing. “There was a lot of empathy and trying to meet him where he was at,” she says. Naeder trains first responders to understand how to work with people with autism. Parents often worry about the safety …
… CDC, one in 88 children is now coping with autism and related disorders, a 78 percent increase from a decade ago. Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s chief medical editor, and Geraldine Dawson, of Autism Speaks, discuss. 634687047000000000 http://www.nbcnews.com/default.cdnx/id/46902703/ displaymode/1157/?t=.flv …
Aug 20, 2015  In a recent post on Autism Speaks‘ blog, Jacob’s mother, Tina Velazquez, opened up about her son’s devotion to the pop star. “He is a gifted pianist and loves Taylor Swift. He listens to her album every day and is constantly watching her videos on YouTube,” she wrote. “I sometimes sit with him at the piano …
https://www.today.com/…/taylor-swift-invites-boy-autism-show-after-he- plays-awesome-t39861
Apr 2, 2013  Slatkin appeared on TODAY with Lisa Goring, vice president of family services at Autism Speaksand Eric Peacock, co-founder of MyAutismTeam.com on Tuesday, World Autism Awareness Day, to discuss their efforts to help families with autistic children and adults. Autism is one of the autism spectrum …
Feb 24, 2005  Autism Speaks is dedicated to helping families find answers. But neurological disorders are complex, and autism won’t yield its secrets without a struggle. One significant way Autism Speaks will help will be by spearheading the assembly of a large central database of children with autism that will provide, …
May 12, 2015  David Kearon, the director of adult services at the national advocacy group, Autism Speaks, agrees the growing numbers herald the need for greater educational and career support. “The best estimate we have is that 50,000 people on the autism spectrum are aging out of the school system each year,” said …
Jun 24, 2008  Higley and show staff have partnered with the advocacy group Autism Speaks to ensure the storyline contains realism and sensitivity. But Higley needs little coaching. She and husband Mark found out their son Connor suffered from autism — a brain disorder thwarting a person’s ability to communicate, and …
Apr 4, 2014  Savannah Guthrie has been documenting the perks of her pregnancy, Willard Scott tied the knot with girlfriend Paris Keena, and the TODAY plaza became a sea of blue in support of World Autism Awareness Month. Savannah spoke candidly about the bonuses attached to her new role as mommy-to-be.
Apr 15, 2013  Robtoy recently received a grant from Autism Speaks to take Wings for Autism national and hopes to bring it to airports in San Francisco, Orlando, New York and Detroit this year. The goal is to expand the program to 50 airports in the next five years, Robtoy said. Today. Simon Frischling, whose nickname is …
Jul 12, 2012  “Autism is a condition which is difficult for many to understand,” said study researcher Amanda Ludlow, a lecturer in psychology at the University of Birmingham. One reason is the great variation in the characteristics of people with autism — some children with an autism spectrum disorder barely speak, …
May 2, 2012  While Alison is not entirely sure how much autism plays a role in his unique abilities, the family is actively working to bring attention to the cause, currently fundraising for the charity, “Walk Now For Autism Speaks.” “He’s not just special needs, he’s special,” added Michael. Donations for Walk Now For …
Dec 9, 2013  “Most children are diagnosed in early childhood,” says Amy Daniels, assistant director of public health research for Autism Speaks. “But I think for adults and a number of older adults — so, probably Susan Boyle’s age and older — when they were kids there was a lot less known about autism. So it would’ve …
Jan 10, 2013  Since graduating, Wineman has been speaking at schools and autism conventions, and has formed partnerships with the autism groups Autism Speaks and Generation Rescue and the special needs support group AbilityPath. Her Miss America platform issue is “Normal is Just a Dryer Setting”- Living with …
Nov 13, 2015  … on 2011–2013 data to 3.57 percent based on 2014 data,” they wrote. “It’s a high number and it’s a scary number,” said Michael Rosanoff, director of public health for the advocacy group Autism Speaks. “It’s another piece of evidence suggesting we are under-reporting the prevalence of autism in the U.S.” …
Apr 2, 2014  Wednesday is World Autism Awareness Day, and there are more people living with an autismdiagnosis than have ever before been recognized. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found one in every 68 children diagnosed with the disorder. The CDC and doctors say the …
https://www.today.com/…/call-answers-world-autism-awareness-day-we-have -more-do-2D79473522
Apr 22, 2016  For Max Miller, what started as a hobby and a way to get his emotions out is now helping kids with autism around the world. The 14-year-old was told that he would never be able to speak when doctors diagnosed him with autism at the age of 5 — but boy were they wrong. Max Miller with his book ‘Hello, My …
https://www.today.com/…/teen-autism-creates-art-filled-book-help-others- disorder-t87951
Apr 27, 2015  “Over the past 10 years, we’ve seen a 100 percent increase of autism,” said Lisa Goring, an executive vice president with the advocacy organization Autism Speaks. Goring said one reason for the spike is growing awareness of the developmental disorder, which is resulting in more people being diagnosed.
https://www.today.com/…/shelter-dog-helps-boy-autism-hug-his-mom-first- time-t17686
Apr 27, 2015  Alas, he is only nearly perfect, as he proved over the weekend when he showed up at the 3rd Annual Light Up the Blues Concert in Hollywood, a benefit for Autism Speaks — with a banged-up face. Tommaso Boddi / WireImage. Brad Pitt. The cause? Careless flip-flop wearing. “This is what happens when …
Apr 7, 2014  Kristen Bell attends the 2nd Light Up The Blues Concert, an evening of music to benefit Autism Speaks, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on April 5. — David Livingston / Getty Images North America. Share. Christina Applegate. Christina Applegate attends the 2nd Light Up The Blues Concert, …
Jul 21, 2008  Wendy Fournier of the National Autism Association, a parents’ advocacy group, said she was invited to speak Monday on Savage’s three-hour program by Savage’s boss, Mark Masters of Talk Radio Network, which syndicates the show across the country. A spokeswoman from Talk Radio Network did not …
Wright founded Autism Speaks with her husband, former NBC President and CEO Bob Wright, after learning their grandson was diagnosed with the disorder. She was an advocate for people and families touched by autism, striving to get the world to think about the 70 million people with autism and funding for research.
Dec 12, 2013  One in 88 kids in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder and many have trouble processing and integrating sensory information, which makes sights and sounds painful, unpleasant or confusing, according to Autism Speaks. So all around the country, shopping centers and other venues are now hosting …
https://www.today.com/…/quiet-santas-help-kids-autism-make-christmas- wishes-2D11723567
Mar 14, 2013  The committee voted against giving Starego an extra season after hearing a presentation in which Ray Starego presented letters and testimony on Anthony’s behalf from 15 NFL kickers, a representative of Autism Speaks, Rutgers University athletic director Tim Pernetti, and the ESPN producer who did a …
http://www.today.com/…/high-school-football-star-autism-denied-extra-year- eligibility-1C8874212
Mar 16, 2016  You can think of 6-year-old Iris Grace Halmshaw’s life in two parts: before Thula and after Thula. The young girl from Leicestershire, England, has autism, and her parents worried she might never speak or enjoy social interactions — until she met Thula, a Maine coon. “Iris and Thula were like best buddies …
Mar 24, 2016  As far as the scientific benefit of using a Nesel Pack goes, Dr. Paul Wang, head of medical research at advocacy organization Autism Speaks, says there’s no research to back it up. “In order to know how beneficial their product is, they’d need to test it and provide data,” Wang told TODAY.com. Zach Bau …
Jun 8, 2009  Palin also walked with her family in Purchase, N.Y., for Autism Speaks, which she said was “really great” for her nephew Karcher to get to see that “there’s a whole lot of people out there who share with him some of the challenges he’s living with and overcoming.” Palin, in a black and white layered skirt and …
Oct 25, 2013  Dave Grohl. LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Musician Dave Grohl performs at Autism Speaks‘ Blue Jean Ball at Boulevard 3 on October 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images). — Kevin Winter / Getty Images North America. Share …
Jul 17, 2012  … join the judges’ panel on two conditions: 1) that FX, home of his new comedy series “Anger Management,” sign off on any deal and 2) that his salary be substantial enough and include a commitment that “Idol matches 20 percent of my weekly salary for Autism Speaks, JDRF, and the Boys and Girls Club.”.
Jun 23, 2011  The “Sober” singer says the money will go to children’s charities like the Ronald McDonald House and Autism Speaks. She explains that both her and Hart appreciate their fans and celebrity and that they know being famous has both upsides and downsides, but that there should be a clear line drawn when …
Dec 15, 2005  Pinkett managed a fund-raiser for Autism Speaks, sponsored by the Outback Steakhouse. He overcame a rained-out softball challenge to raise $11,000 by auction. Jarvis ran a comedy benefit for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, put on by Yahoo! Inc. Though her event was well conducted, …
Jul 16, 2012  “If the numbers move the needle and ‘Idol’ matches 20 percent of my weekly salary for Autism Speaks, [the diabetes charity] JDRF, and the Boys and Girls Club … then the hell with it. As w
Dec 30, 2015  When a child’s physical or emotional needs are unique due to autism, Down syndrome or other conditions, simple things like attending a high school …. However, thanks to a program organized by Autism Speaks, Deely was able to take Brayden to a “caring Santa,” who got down to the floor and made …
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May 20, 2016  Gordy Baylinson doesn’t speak. Until recently, the parents of the 16-year-old Maryland teen believed their son couldn’t understand anything they said to him. That changed early last year, when Gordy’s therapist taught him a new communication technique developed for people with severe autism. Slowly …
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Sep 20, 2007  I sometimes call him the autism whisperer. He speaks a language Evan understands, and Evan feels safe with him.” McCarthy and Carrey, 45, went public with their romance last year. Though she’s in love, McCarthy has no plans to marry the twice-divorced actor. “There will be no certificate,” she says.
May 4, 2016  Pink and Carey Hart attend an Autism Speaks gala in Santa Monica, California, on Oct. 8, 2015. Pink added that her relationship with Hart endured two “breaks” lasting a combined two years, but has remained intact since Willow was born in June 2011. Said DeGeneres of these breaks, “OK, you can’t do …
Jul 19, 2016  The “Pokemon Go” craze has been linked to car crashes, grim discoveries and even reports of people falling off a cliff. But the wildly popular mobile game has also led to a beautiful awakening in a 6-year-old boy named Ralphie. Ralphie Koppelman has autism spectrum disorder and hyperlexia.
Apr 21, 2016  ‘Just understand that they’re different’ – Se?n Mulligan, 13, speaks about what it’s like to live with autism in a video that has gone viral on Facebook. Courtesy of James Kavanagh/Ann Mulligan. Ann came up with the idea to film Seán speaking about his autism while attending an awareness conference.
https://www.today.com/…/what-it-have-autism-watch-13-year-old-s-heartfelt- t87456
Aug 1, 2008  Radio shock jock Michael Savage’s attack on autism angered parents of autistic children. Jenny McCarthy, whose son Evan is autistic, was deeply infuriated by Savage’s heartless words. Now, for the first time publicly, in an interview with “ Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell,” McCarthy speaks out. “I’ll tell you …
https://www.today.com/…/jenny-mccarthy-speaks-out-michael-savage- wbna25973434
Nov 13, 2015  A new report shows that 1 in every 45 kids in the U.S. has autism. The new numbers come after the autism spectrum was widened to include a wider range of autism cases. TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie speakswith NBC’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Natalie Azar about the new report, and about new …
Jun 2, 2016  Oliver cozied up with Sesame Street’s Elmo, Grover, Abby, Cookie Monster and the Count before hosting the Wednesday night gala to celebrate Sesame Workshop’s newest initiative, aimed at reducing stigma around autism and supporting families of children with autism. He spoke — or tried to speak …
May 4, 2016  “All right,” she replies, “I’ve got my lawyers working on your divorce papers as we speak!” Actor Channing Tatum attends Universal Pictures’ “Hail, Caesar!” premiere at Regency Village Theatre on February 1, 2016 in Westwood, California. Getty Images file. The first installment of “Speechless” had been …
Oct 26, 2016  After a two-year wait, a 5-year-old boy met his autism service dog. His mom was unprepared for the touching moment the pair bonded.
https://www.today.com/…/boy-autism-gets-service-dog-help-him-thrive- t104376
Feb 8, 2005  Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino is one of the most successful football players in NFL history. He says his most rewarding experience has been his life with his family: His wife, Claire, and six children, two of whom are adopted from China. He also managed to turn a family struggle into a …
Apr 6, 2008  … Wilkinson celebrated Hefner’s birthday at the Tower at the Palms Casino Resort. In L.A., Debra Messing was spotted wearing Gilles Montezin; Kim Kardashian hit Koi for dinner, then Il Sole later in the week; Kim Raver and Maria Menounos both participated in Barnes & Noble’s Autism Speaks Storytimes.
Apr 15, 2014  We know they mean well. Or at least we hope they do. All of the family, friends, co -workers and even strangers who approach parents of children on the autism spectrum with words that really should never have left their mouths in the first place. Words that often unintentionally hurt or upset family members …
Apr 15, 2013  Jack Black. Emcee Jack Black, front, jokes with fellow participants in Light Up The Blues Concert – An Evening of Music Benefitting Autism Speaks, at Club Nokia on April 13 in Los Angeles. — Chris Pizzello / Invision. Share …
Jul 6, 2005  “People with autism, I don’t like to think of it as a disability, I like to think of it as another way of thinking or perceiving. And I felt my job was to try to perceive everything on some level through her eyes so I could know what it was like to walk in her shoes.” And that means taking some big steps to speak out …
Jul 26, 2013  Four-year-old Greyson, who has autism, broke his silence recently to say “I want truck” – a milestone spurred by the arrival of the neighborhood garbage truck, something he looks forward to every week. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.
https://www.today.com/…/greyson-speaks-delighted-garbage-truck- 6C10761509
Mar 28, 2014  Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News’ chief medical editor, discusses the startling new Centers for Disease Control report that one in 68 children now has an autism spectrum disorder.
Apr 15, 2016  Actor Robert De Niro is the latest celebrity to say there might be a link between vaccines and autism. But decades of study have shown no link at all, and scientists are becoming increasingly impatient with the refusal to accept their findings.

e say, pour the smoke,” Sheen told TMZ. Last October, Forbes named Sheen the highest-paid actor on TV, noting that …

Aug 31, 2016  Carrie Cariello’s son Jack has autism, and this year she had to take him out of the public school that his brothers attend and enroll him in a school better suited to meet his needs. It broke his heart, and as she comforted him, Carrie wrote this essay for the TODAY Parenting Team to all his classmates who …
Mar 28, 2013  I mean just look at the numbers of children diagnosed with autism. All you can do is hope that people will be more aware and less judgmental.” For caregivers of autistic children, the pressure to keep things predictable, even something as small as an “unbroken” cheeseburger, is magnified. Parents of …
Apr 7, 2014  Celebrity Sightings. Robin Thicke sings at Dodger Stadium, Nic Cage gets honored, Cameron Diaz goes to Germany and more in Celeb Sightings. Image: Celebrity Sightings In New York City – April 04, 2014. Celebrity Sightings. 1 of 24. Ellie Kemper. Ellie Kemper films Tina Fey’s untitled TV pilot in New …
Feb 16, 2016  Hillary Clinton will deliver a major speech on race in New York City today, while her opponent Bernie Sanders heads to South Carolina and Georgia. Now eyes are turning to the Nevada caucus. NBC’s Kristen Welker reports, and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd says that the Clinton campaign seems …
https://www.today.com/…/hillary-clinton-speaks-in-nyc-sanders-heads-south- 623669315666
Apr 2, 2014  Dr. Cecelia McCarton, along with Lois and Danny Molina, who have two children with autism, join TODAY on World Autism Awareness Day to chat about the disorder, and what’s driving the increase in statistics.
Nov 20, 2014  During a recent interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, funnyman Jerry Seinfeld made a comment about possibly being on the autism spectrum. But while his words were mere speculation, many on social media took him to task for what they considered a serious case of “self-diagnosis.”Now he wants to set …
https://www.today.com/…/jerry-seinfeld-clarifies-autism-comments-im-not- spectrum-1D80305538
Oct 24, 2012  With just 21 seconds to go, senior kicker Anthony Starego made the ultimate play of his high school football career, kicking a 22-yard field goal to beat the heavy favorite rival school. Anthony and his parents, Ray and Reylene, talk about that amazing moment.
https://www.today.com/…/high-school-kicker-with-autism-makes-winning- play-44494915950
Oct 25, 2013  Celebrity Sightings. Leonardo DiCaprio at Armani’s One Night Only fashion show , Lady Gaga promotes her new album, Kim Kardashian shows off her engagement ring, and more. Image: Lady Gaga Sighting In Berlin. Celebrity Sightings. 1 of 41. Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga leaves Hotel Ritz in Berlin on Oct. 25.
Apr 21, 2016  I almost lost my marriage because of you. It was the year my son named Jack was born, and you were born right along with him.
https://www.today.com/…/dear-autism-mom-s-letter-shares-her-anguish-hope -t87651
Dec 23, 2016  Watch this 10-year-old girl with autism and ADHD deliver an amazing version of ‘ Hallelujah’ at her school’s holiday choir performance.
https://www.today.com/…/10-year-old-girl-autism-sings-hallelujah-video- t106390
Dec 29, 2017  Young woman with autism proves every expert wrong, graduates from college … She was diagnosed on the autism spectrum when she was 7 years old. … now speak at schools encouraging students and teachers to be kind to those with differences and not to underestimate children with special needs.
https://www.today.com/…/girl-autism-proves-experts-wrong-graduates- college-t120596
Feb 7, 2018  Author Dawn Davies’ son was diagnosed with autism at age 5, had seizures at 9, and began exhibiting troubling behavior in adolescence. She joins Megyn Kelly TODAY to talk about “Mothers of Sparta,” a collection of essays about parenthood and the challenges of raising a son with “a different brain” who …
Oct 18, 2016  Two-year-old Lucas, a boy with autism, finds comfort in the routine that comes with his stuffed bear. When the bear went missing, his mom, Jessica Hoffart, launched a search in her town and on social media. Thanks to her efforts, and the kindness of strangers, the bear made its way home to Lucas.
https://www.today.com/…/boy-with-autism-reunited-with-lost-teddy-bear- thanks-to-kind-strangers-788249155970
May 9, 2016  A shy boy who doesn’t interact with strangers, Jackson was diagnosed with nonverbal autism two weeks after the trip to Walt Disney World. Courtesy of Amanda Coley …. Because he doesn’t speak beyond a few words, it’s hard for his mother to know exactly why he loves it so much. “Maybe it’s a sense of …
https://www.today.com/…/snow-white-toddler-autism-share-tender-moment-s -melting-hearts-t91631
Jan 20, 2012  There’s a possible narrowing by medical authorities in the definition of autism, and it’s leading to controversy among doctors and parents of children currently labeled autistic. Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s chief medical editor, reports.
https://www.today.com/…/could-definition-of-autism-be-redefined- 44507203916
Apr 28, 2013  He knows how to speak, and he can read with proficiency. But autism left him closed off and isolated. Most of his social interactions result in painful awkwardness; unfamiliar situations can trigger terror, tantrums or both. Seeking comfort and predictability, he’d embrace solitary activities; on a typical day after …
May 2, 2017  Travis Rudolph, who made headlines for eating lunch with a boy who has autism, is now an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants.
Mar 10, 2014  The father of Newtown, Conn. school shooter Adam Lanza told a writer for The New Yorker that he and his ex-wife, Nancy, never suspected their son was dangerous. “Nancy Lanza had grown up a ‘live free or die’ New Hampshire gal, and she had a sense that guns were part of everyday life,” author and …
Jan 26, 2016  Lauren Nordberg is used to getting stared down while out and about with her son , Elliot, a 6-year-old boy with autism. On Jan. 18, Nordberg rewarded Elliot for good behavior at the dentist by treating him to pancakes at their favorite local restaurant, Madison Diner, in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
https://www.today.com/…/stranger-picks-bill-mother-boy-autism-includes- beautiful-note-t68931
Nov 17, 2015  NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson speaks onstage during ‘The Next Intersection For Hollywood with William Morris Endeavor’s Ari Emanuel, Patrick Whitesell and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’ at the Fast Company Innovation Festival on November 9, 2015 in New York …
Dec 4, 2015  Shariff Williams was never supposed to be able to walk or speak, yet every weekend this fall he could be found on a football field dashing for a touchdown, as his twin brother and teammates cheered him on. Shariff, 9, has autism and Tourette’s syndrome, but it hasn’t stopped him from playing the game he …
https://www.today.com/…/twin-autism-forms-special-bond-brother-football- field-t59691
Apr 28, 2015  Parents whose children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum understand that they often have to recalibrate their expectations for their children’s accomplishments. Yes, those kids can do wonderful things, but often on their own schedules. Comedian D.L. Hughley is one such parent. His son Kyle is now 26 …
Dec 7, 2015  Santa knows how to connect with children all over the world, in every different language. So it should come as no surprise he could speak with a young tyke who visited him at a British mall over the weekend, despite her mom’s apology that the little girl had a hard time talking. After asking if the young girl …
Mar 28, 2014  Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News’ chief medical editor, discusses the startling new Centers for Disease Control report that one in 68 children now has an autism spectrum disorder.
Jul 21, 2017  Study links antidepressants used during pregnancy to autism: What it means. 01: 28. But a more recent study, published in JAMA in April, found women taking antidepressants during the first-trimester weren’t at higher risk of giving birth to children with autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Apr 14, 2017  Parents and loved ones who have children with autism spoke to TODAY about what they wish they’d known earlier.
Dec 9, 2013  The parents of a toddler with autism are devastated and vowing to fight their community’s decision to ban residents from raising backyard chickens.Ashleigh and Joe Hart say their son J.J. used to stare off into space, barely speak and have temper tantrums. The boy had to undergo physical, occupational …
Feb 24, 2016  Although James does not speak, it was obvious his fears were eased because he had Mahe nearby. “Having him on the bed was really a calming thing for James when he came out of the anesthesia,” Isaac said. “He had his buddy there, and felt a bit more secure and less anxious.” Michelle Isaac said her …
https://www.today.com/…/service-dog-sticks-boy-autism-s-side-even-hospital -bed-t75736
Mar 1, 2012  Cannata knows about autism first-hand: His 21-year-old son, Ted, who has the disorder, is unable to speak and is highly sensitive to sight, sound and touch. “ They’re going to react differently,” Cannata told TODAY. “They’re going to resist rescue because of the confusion. They may have extreme behaviors …
https://www.today.com/…/autism-rescue-firefighter-teaches-how-help-autistic -people-emergencies-266319
Feb 16, 2016  Hillary Clinton will deliver a major speech on race in New York City today, while her opponent Bernie Sanders heads to South Carolina and Georgia. Now eyes are turning to the Nevada caucus. NBC’s Kristen Welker reports, and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd says that the Clinton campaign seems …
https://www.today.com/…/hillary-clinton-speaks-in-nyc-sanders-heads-south- 623669315666
Jan 20, 2012  There’s a possible narrowing by medical authorities in the definition of autism, and it’s leading to controversy among doctors and parents of children currently labeled autistic. Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s chief medical editor, reports.
https://www.today.com/…/could-definition-of-autism-be-redefined- 44507203916
Feb 16, 2011  Both walked at a ripe 17 months, my older son did not speak sentences until well after 3, my younger son, age 2, communicates exceedingly well with … Although the “delays” my sons displayed can be markers for autismautism-spectrum disorders or developmental delays, I trust my intuition and I trust our …
Feb 10, 2016  Since Bill Davis’ son, Chris, was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, the Pennsylvania dad has learned to modify his expectations, often making changes where needed in order to help his son succeed …. It was 24 hours a day of him hurting himself, biting me, refusing to wear clothes or go outside or speak.
https://www.today.com/…/dad-who-fights-son-autism-says-he-never-gives- t72711
Mar 31, 2010  The symptoms of mercury poisoning look an awful lot like what children with autism suffer: rocking, circling, flapping arms, walking on toes, difficulty with swallowing or chewing, digestive problems, oversensitivity to sound and touch, loss of speech or failure to speak, mild to severe hearing loss, staring and …
https://www.today.com/…/facing-trauma-autism-diagnosis-wbna36120715
Oct 18, 2016  Two-year-old Lucas, a boy with autism, finds comfort in the routine that comes with his stuffed bear. When the bear went missing, his mom, Jessica Hoffart, launched a search in her town and on social media. Thanks to her efforts, and the kindness of strangers, the bear made its way home to Lucas.
https://www.today.com/…/boy-with-autism-reunited-with-lost-teddy-bear- thanks-to-kind-strangers-788249155970
Jun 4, 2015  Preston Lillis was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in the second grade, and sometimes struggles with physical activities. During field day at Grandville South Elementary in Grandville, Michigan, on May 28, Preston won a race for the first time while his 29 classmates cheered him on.
https://www.today.com/…/boy-autism-wins-field-day-race-thanks-classmates- t24666
Jul 19, 2017  One of Rachel Lindsay’s suitors on “The Bachelorette” says he has been the target of death threats, all because of how his hometown date with Lindsay unfolded on Monday night’s episode. When Lindsay pressed Peter Kraus on whether he was ready to propose to her should he reach the final two, he was …
Jan 26, 2016  Lauren Nordberg is used to getting stared down while out and about with her son , Elliot, a 6-year-old boy with autism. On Jan. 18, Nordberg rewarded Elliot for good behavior at the dentist by treating him to pancakes at their favorite local restaurant, Madison Diner, in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
https://www.today.com/…/stranger-picks-bill-mother-boy-autism-includes- beautiful-note-t68931
Aug 23, 2016  Who says the internet is full of meanies and trolls? Not this Utah mom, who turned to social media to find a replacement for her daughter’s favorite shirt — and got dozens in response. “My count is up to 178,” Deborah Skouson told TODAY about the number of shirts she was expecting. She’s already …

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Apr 14, 2017  Parents and loved ones who have children with autism spoke to TODAY about what they wish they’d known earlier.
Dec 9, 2015  Santa gave one 6-year-old boy with autism the best gift he could’ve asked for this year. While visiting RiverTown Crossings Mall in Grandville, Michigan, on Friday, Landon Johnson and his four cousins took turns sitting on Santa’s lap to tell him what they want for Christmas. After his turn, Landon was …
https://www.today.com/…/boy-autism-forever-connected-santa-who-told-him -its-ok-t60606
Apr 26, 2017  For most of the country, Blockbuster is a blast from the past, but for the Zuniga family, the video chain had been an important part of their routine for close to a decade. Hector and Rosa Zuniga visited the local Blockbuster in Mission, Texas, at least once a week with their oldest son, Hector Andres.
Jul 11, 2017  The intensive, 5-day program gives kids with autism and their families a foundation of skills for potty training success.
Mar 27, 2017  A new Muppet named Julia is joining the diverse and inclusive “Sesame Street” crew that has been part of so many childhoods. TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager reports on how the new character was introduced to foster understanding of autism spectrum disorders, after which Julia joins TODAY live, along with …
Apr 21, 2016  In a viral video, a young boy living with autism provides answers to questions others often ask about the disorder.
https://www.today.com/…/what-it-have-autism-watch-13-year-old-s-heartfelt- t87456
Oct 6, 2017  All 6-year-old Wyatt needed was a haircut, but for children with autism, that can be harder than it looks. Fortunately, Franz Jakob and his vintage barber shop were there to help. Pictures of Jakob lying on the ground of his Canadian barbershop while cutting Wyatt’s hair have quickly spread, but the boy’s …
Oct 26, 2016  After a two-year wait, a 5-year-old boy met his autism service dog. His mom was unprepared for the touching moment the pair bonded.
https://www.today.com/…/boy-autism-gets-service-dog-help-him-thrive- t104376
May 23, 2016  Officer Tim Purdy saw a stressful scene; he followed his instinct and sat on the ground to talk to the autistic teen. The image went viral.
Sep 27, 2013  You may know her as Madison the mermaid in “Splash,” or for her roles in “Blade Runner” or “Steel Magnolias.” But actress Daryl Hannah, 52, has fought a private battle with autism for years, and tells People magazine that when she was a child , doctors wanted to put her in an institution.Her mother refused …
May 19, 2015  Shawna Wingert is used to preparing for the worst when she flies with her 12- year-old son, who has autism, sensory processing issues and an anxiety disorder . But her experience with one particular airline was so surprisingly good that it led her to write a blog post that has been shared more than 8,000 …
https://www.today.com/…/flying-autism-moms-surprising-letter-jetblue- t21931
Apr 1, 2015  A writer whose brother has autism explains why her marriage is about more than just her relationship with her husband.
https://www.today.com/…/autism-awareness-day-why-my-marriage-package- deal-caring-sibling-t12571
Feb 5, 2018  Kristian Shouse, a student with autism at a high school in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was an honorary captain and started for the girls’ basketball team at their big game. Right after tip-off, she nailed the first shot attempt of her high school career . TODAY’s Hoda Kotb has your Morning Boost.
https://www.today.com/…/watch-student-with-autism-sink-basket-on-her-very -first-shot-1153887811506
Mar 28, 2013  Anna MacLean’s outings with her little sister, Arianna Hill, aren’t always easy. Sometimes the 7-year-old, who is autistic, will throw herself onto the ground in the middle of the mall or eat her food too loudly at a restaurant, causing fellow patrons to move tables. It’s not often, but when it does happen, Anna, …
https://www.today.com/…/autistic-girls-broken-cheeseburger-goes-viral-after- kind-waitress-saves-1C9124679
May 9, 2016  A 2-year-old boy with autism doesn’t interact much with strangers. But he fell in love with Snow White during a tender visit last fall.
https://www.today.com/…/snow-white-toddler-autism-share-tender-moment-s -melting-hearts-t91631
Apr 26, 2016  A boy with autism was moved to tears by Coldplay’s concert performance of “Fix You,” and a video of that moment has evoked equally emotional reactions among its millions of viewers — including the band itself. In a video YouTube user Luis Vazquez posted to the video-sharing site last Tuesday, the dad …
Nov 20, 2014  During a recent interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, funnyman Jerry Seinfeld made a comment about possibly being on the autism spectrum. But while his words were mere speculation, many on social media took him to task for what they considered a serious case of “self-diagnosis.”Now he wants to set …
https://www.today.com/…/jerry-seinfeld-clarifies-autism-comments-im-not- spectrum-1D80305538
Apr 15, 2014  We know they mean well. Or at least we hope they do. All of the family, friends, co -workers and even strangers who approach parents of children on the autism spectrum with words that really should never have left their mouths in the first place. Words that often unintentionally hurt or upset family members …
Jul 12, 2012  By Karen RowanMyHealthNewsDaily.comWhen Selena Barclay took her three sons to watch the Fourth of July fireworks in their small Missouri town last week, her son Logan quickly became upset by the noises and crowds. Feeling agitated and anxious, Logan sought comfort in his mother’s arms and …
https://www.today.com/…/parents-autistic-kids-say-stop-judging-us-878806
Sep 6, 2016  After a mom’s plea on social media for birthday cards for her son , who has autism, went viral, he’s been busy opening the more than 20,000 cards he received from well-wishers from all over the world. “Things like this don’t happen to the likes of us … we are average people,” Karen Jones told TODAY via …
https://www.today.com/…/after-mom-asks-birthday-cards-son-autism– strangers-send-thousands-t102479

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