Joan Wickersham My friend Holly was never a dog person, until, suddenly, she was. His name was Zeus, and he was a Bernese mountain dog . She was crazy about him.
Lucy Carroll Oxytocin - the so-called ''love hormone'' - may not improve the symptoms of children with autism, a new study has found.
Nicole Rogerson There is no denying that we have seen an increase in the number of children being diagnosed with mental health disorders, but are there more children with these disorders – or are we just better at diagnosing them?
Kathryn Wicks, Dan Harrison The national disability insurance scheme will cover ''most'' people with autism and could pay the full cost of early intervention programs, Disability Reform Minister Jenny Macklin has declared in the latest clue as to what the $22 billion-a-year scheme will cover.
Natalie Nazzari Jo Russell has two children with autism. It hasn't always been the easiest of roads bringing them up, but she says she wouldn't change a thing.
Kathryn Wicks Having a child with high-functioning autism doesn't mean living with a genius. These children have their own unique challenges.
LINDY ALEXANDER Suzanne's arms bare the scars of her preschooler son's daily meltdowns but since she found the answer to his behavioural problems they now serve as a reminder of how far he has come.
MICHAEL SHORT Amanda Curtis is the author of a pioneering book about Asperger's syndrome. She wants to promote understanding and celebration by explaining to children why their classmate is different.
Brooke Tasovac When Chloe Maxwell and Mat Rogers welcomed their son Max in 2006, like all new parents, they were convinced he was a perfect baby.
Rachel Browne Some parents with autistic children are using a DIY hormone treatment to improve their learning, one of Australia's leading researchers has warned.
David Sygall and Katie Cuttriss Quiet moments are few for this mother in her 'cyclonic' life with four sons on the Asperger spectrum.
AMBER ROBINSON April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. Current statistics indicate that one child in every 160 is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Australia. Here, grandmother Pamela Maie Young shares the story of her grandson Ben, who was recently diagnosed with the disorder.
Without specialist school staff, these children will go under, writes one Sydney mother.
KIMBERLEY O'BRIEN Many parents experience disbelief, anger and typically a sense of grief and loss following an ASD diagnosis. This process often impacts on your desire to set limits with the child in question and consistency can also become an issue between parents who had previously been rock solid.
Ebru Yaman It's time to break the silence surrounding the autism spectrum tells Ebru Yaman, a former education journalist and the mother of two children, one of whom has Asperger's syndrome.