This month, PNN has featured an "Awareness Spotlight" in honor of Autism Awareness month, sharing a news item on an autism-related topic each day of April. The decision to focus on this topic could not have come at a more important time for American families, as the month began with the CDC's announcement of new research that found 1 in 88 American children has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Looking over the full complement of posts as we wrap up the month, two major categories of issues rise to the top: new insights on both the causes and treatments of ASD, and bullying, depression, and suicide risks for autistic children. Clearly, autism is a topic that will not disappear from PNN just because we've turned the calendar to May.
In case you missed our spotlight, here are some of the most compelling, most-discussed PNN posts.
- School Debate: Does 'Inclusion' for Asperger's Kids Hurt Other Students?
- Father Alleges Teachers 'Bullied' Autistic Child
- Study: Ten Percent of Kids 'Bloom' Almost Out of Autism
- Two Kids with Asperger's Featured in Bullying Documentary
- Study Links Maternal Obesity to Autism
- Study: Fathers Four Times More Likely to Pass on Autism Gene
Image: Autism awareness ribbon, via Shutterstock.