Autistic Spectrum Digest (Autism) Issue 8, June 2014 - Page 2

I find it rather frightening to think that as Shan points out… it is summer. I think it was only last month we were waiting for spring! Summer has to be my favorite time of year, but it’s also the time of year when I find it quite stressful to choose where I’m going to take the kids on holiday. This is our biggest issue to date with 89 pages and a dozen new articles. I think it covers everyone’s tastes. My daughter is neurotypical and loves nature, my son has Aspergers and loves his computer. It’s a dilemma as most children’s clubs at resorts wouldn’t be able to cope with the one to one that my son requires, and he wouldn't play with the other children and take part in the activities. My rant this month is about the value of research and the perceived trade offs for other services. I support research but given the brouhaha this past week regarding an article loosely based on some recent research, I can’t help but be annoyed at such bad science. The problem is magnified by the abstract's poor choice of keywords: Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Serial killer; Mass murder; Brain injury; Psychosocial stressors and hence lumps all together. In conversation a friend told me about a few companies who specialize in Autism travelling which tweaked my interest. I’ve booked with one for July– watch this space for an article! I’ve written about a few of the companies I found here. Enjoy this edition!