Our Family And Autism: Viewers ‘Can’t Stop Crying’ At Christine McGuinness’s Reaction To Diagnosis

Viewers have heaped praised upon Paddy and Christine McGuinness for their emotional documentary about autism. The TV presenter and his wife released the programme, Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism, which gave an honest insight into their experience of having three neurodiverse children: eight-year-old twins Leo and Penelope, and five-year-old Felicity. The documentary also saw the pair trying to gain a greater understanding into the condition, speaking to other parents who have neurodiverse children, others who are on the autism spectrum and experts who could help provide insight. The one-off documentary also saw Christine diagnosed with autism, which left her blindsided. Christine was diagnosed during the programme (Credit: Alamy) After she received the news, the Real Housewives star said she had “faked a whole life” – a statement that left viewers at home feeling emotional, taking to Twitter to share their thoughts. “’I faked a whole life.’ Makes me so sad to hear this,” one person wrote. “This honesty is wonderful and sad.” “The raw emotion is powerful to see,” a second person said. “I love seeing Paddy and Christine being so open about their thoughts. Everyone is at different stages of their journey.” People were so […]

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Autistic Singer/Songwriter and Popular TikTok Influencer Cory Singer Releases Latest Single, “Somebody’s Heart”

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – South Plainfield native, singer/songwriter Cory Singer has nearly 400,000 followers and over 11 million “likes” on TikTok with numerous hit songs and starring roles in New York Theater musicals. Singer is using his popularity to advocate for the autistic. Diagnosed with autism at a young age, Singer’s humble, down-to-earth demeanor and humorous delivery of his mission to help bring greater understanding about autism to the world have enabled him to connect with millions on social media. “We have so many people speaking for the autism community instead of letting people from the community speak for ourselves,” said Singer. “Who better to learn from than the people who experienced having it? And I’ve never heard of someone writing about a disability like autism and putting it in a form of a song.” Parents gain insights about their autistic children and those with autism identify with his message as he uses his life experiences to bring understanding to what he calls, the “hidden disability,” through songs and TikTok videos. TAPinto South Plainfield visited Singer in his South Plainfield home to find out more about the young man behind the music. “My latest single is called “Somebody’s Heart’,” said […]

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Supporting Families With Autism Spectrum Disorder During the Holidays – Tips From Bluesprig Pediatri

For families with Autism Spectrum Disorder children, the holidays can be a complicated time. For many, the idea of gathering with friends and family is a welcome one, but they may worry about ensuring gatherings are comfortable for their ASD child. BlueSprig Pediatrics has compiled a list of thoughtful, helpful ways to support families with ASD children below. If you’re inviting a family over for a holiday meal, ask them in advance on how to make your environment more comfortable and fun for their family. Ideas include: •Help to prepare for change. If the family is traveling to your house, send photos of your home before their visit. For many children, seeing the house and decorations will help them know what to expect and may lessen anxiety. •Similarly, it is great to send photos of the other people who attend in advance; doing so will help ASD kids get familiar with people who will be there and learn names. •Determine what may distract your guest (i.e., scented candles or music) and offer to put away those items or lower music. •Food can be a challenge for many ASD kids. Ask their parent or guardian specifics about how best to […]

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Can a Child with Autism Be Denied SSI Benefits?

Parents of children with autism are inundated with questions while trying to provide the best care for their children. Many options exist for therapies, advocation, medical assistance, physicians, and the list goes on. Knowing which options will be best for their autistic children, and if they will have the financial resources to pay for them, sometimes leaves more questions than answers.

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Our Family and Autism review — honest and life-affirming

Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism BBC1 ★★★★☆ Positive Sky Documentaries ★★★★☆ “I feel I’ve faked a whole lifetime,” said Christine McGuinness, nailing in a sentence how exhausting having autism must be. She and her husband, the TV presenter Paddy McGuinness, had intended Our Family and Autism to be about parenting their three autistic children. However, during filming Christine was diagnosed with autism too , even though she had moderated her answers in the test they took, the way many of us do with alcohol units. She said her husband probably had no idea how much she “masked” in front of him and told the autism expert Professor Simon Baron-Cohen that she had few friends and in her twenties didn’t go out for Just £3 for 3 months.

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Stories About Bullying: Personal Accounts from Autistic Individuals

Anti-Bullying Week is a great opportunity to share stories and open conversation about a very sensitive topic. For individuals on the spectrum, bullying can be more prevalent, more severe and, due to communication challenges, even harder to talk about. This article shares personal stories about bullying to inspire change… Wanting to raise awareness of some of the challenges faced by autistic individuals, I spoke with neurodivergent advocates for this article to hear personal stories about bullying, with the hope it will help drive positive change. I started my journey by speaking with Dr. Emily Lovegrove (AKA “The Bullying Doctor”) during the Autism Parenting Summit (April, 2021). “Yes they are more likely to get picked on,” was the answer she gave when I asked whether autistic children are easily targeted by bullies. She explained how we’re all conditioned to search out and identify that which is different. When we get on a bus, we’re most likely to sit next to someone not too different from how we view ourselves. Dr. Lovegrove says kids do the exact same thing. They look for difference, and they often find it in autistic kids who think differently and act differently. The way they act […]

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Autistic boy, 8, who used to be ‘freaked out’ by Christmas now helping other kids enjoy it

Logan Doyle is helping other autistic children to have a merry Christmas For eight-year-old Logan Doyle – Christmas was not always a fun time of year. “It used to completely freak him out,” his mum Clodagh said. “I have a wee video of him saying he didn’t want anything from Santa,” Clodagh said, “it was heartbreaking.” Logan, from Co Tyrone , has autism, which means his brain works in a different way from other peoples’ as the NHS explains. He also has hyperlexia, which is when a child can read at levels far beyond those expected for their age. Logan could read and write at the age of two-and-a-half years old. He began teaching himself Japanese, aged five. But Logan struggled with speech, and even had difficulty understanding what his parents were saying to him. Clodagh, 33, said: “If you can’t understand what someone’s saying to you, you get frustrated and his wee mind just couldn’t handle it.” “That would bring on frustrations. His biggest issue was meltdowns. He would have had about three or four every day. It was like he would turn into a completely different child.” Some people with autism find things like loud noises overwhelming, […]

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Hopebridge Shares 2021 Guide to Make the Holiday Season Merrier for Children with Autism

GlobeNewswire Indianapolis, Dec. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Family, friends and other members of the community can make the holidays merrier for their loved ones with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) this year, as Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers shares its 2021 Autism-Friendly Holiday Guide . Though many children love the sights and sounds of the holiday season, some children with autism, sensory processing disorders or other developmental delays can find it overwhelming. Traveling, visitors, new décor and a “stranger” in a red suit can add additional stressors for those who have a tough time with sensory overload, changes in routine or social challenges. In an effort to make this time of year easier and entertaining for them and those close to them, Hopebridge team members developed easy-to-use resources for those looking to spread a little extra holiday cheer to the autism community. “Our Hopebridge Heroes swapped their superhero capes for elf hats this season to come up with the best tips for families and friends to give their children a holiday to remember for all the right reasons,” said Hopebridge Founder and Chief Clinical Officer Kim Strunk. “There is more than one way to celebrate the holidays, and we aim […]

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Two Americas: Adults living with autism reflect on daily challenges

Autism spectrum disorder affects about one in 54 children today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is a developmental disability that can cause social, communication and behavioral challenges. KANSAS CITY, Mo — Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects about one in 54 children today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is a developmental disability that can cause social, communication and behavioral challenges. Autism is often called an “invisible disability” as those on the spectrum may not always show any outward characteristics. Instead, the disorder affects how the brain processes and perceives information. Patrina Dixon, a high-functioning woman with autism in her 40s, explained what it is like to be on the spectrum. “It’s like, maybe everybody has a book that they’ve read, and everybody has decided this is how it is. Maybe I didn’t get that book, or I lost that book or I didn’t read that book,” Dixon said. “It’s like an inner dialogue. ‘Hmm, if everybody is laughing, am I supposed to be laughing too? How funny is this?’” Dixon also lives with attention deficit disorder (ADD). She said she struggled for decades without a proper diagnosis. In […]

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