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High functioning autism

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High functioning autism

At the risk of explaining the obvious to the neurotypicals - people not on the autistic spectrum - in the audience, I know that I am not every autistic person. I can only speak of my experience as a thirtysomething white cis man who grew up in semirural Hertfordshire.

This is still an autistic experience and, while it is not the same autistic experience as those of people you might know or people you have yet to meet, it is still a story that might help you to understand your autistic...

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Autistic children

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Autistic children

Autistic children are increasingly being suspended or expelled from school, because of "behavioural problems" official figures show. Some regions in the UK have seen a 100% increase in these types of exclusions since 2011.

Research carried out by myself and colleagues at Sheffield Hallam University demonstrates the devastating consequences these exclusions have for disabled children and their families.

A landmark legal ruling in August stated that the exclusion of autistic...

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Autism and vaccines

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Autism and vaccines

One of the most frustrating misperceptions in our many studies on what people commonly get wrong is the enduring myth that vaccines pose a risk to healthy children. Itís particularly maddening because it has direct and long-lasting consequences.

Public Health England recently warned young people to look out for symptoms of measles before attending a music festival in Essex. This was in response to 12 cases being identified in the county since July, way up on usual numbers. The rise...

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Adult autism

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Adult autism

"He is wired differently to you and me, this child of mine. He doesnít like loud noises, or dark spaces, or strangers touching his head". These are the first lines from a poem a mother penned about her son 11-year-old son who has Aspergerís syndrome.

Sophie Billington goes on to explain how her son Tristanís brain works differently: "He can see in an instant the pattern, the layout, the solution to a puzzle", but that "the world judges" and "sees only the outbursts and...

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