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Radiotimes.com: The Autistic Gardener on his first trip to America: “I fell totally in love with New York”

Tonight Alan Gardner returns to Channel 4 to work his horticultural magic on suburban wastelands.

In the second series of The Autistic Gardener, he also does something he thought he never would: he boards a plane to the US and visits gardens in New York, California and Texas.

He tells us why he’s never flown long-haul before, how he coped and what he loved about New York.

Have you travelled much?

This was the

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Sfgate.com: Not Enough Resources For Autistic Children With Mood Disorders

A new study found that if a young autistic person also has a mood disorder they are way more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric care. Especially when their behavior becomes too much for their caregivers to handle. Unfortunately, this scenario is extremely common, but their aren’t enough resources to help every family and child that is in need. Media: WochIt Media

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Thestar.com: Gifted children must be nurtured

Re: What it truly means to be gifted, Opinion, June 12

What it truly means to be gifted, Opinion, June 12

I’m writing in response to professor Richard Hoshino’s ill-informed piece regarding giftedness, which seems to be predicated upon his viewing of one recent Hollywood film.

As the father of a gifted learner, I’ve had a very steep learning curve since my daughter’s assessment. This has brought to light not only the neural anatomical differences present in gifted

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Stuff.co.nz: Dr Lance O'Sullivan: It was when my daughter got sick that I realised how important immunisation is

Stuff.co.nz: Dr Lance O'Sullivan: It was when my daughter got sick that I realised how important immunisation is

Dr Lance O’Sullivan speaks and performs a haka at a screening of the anti vaccination film Vaxxed in Kaitaia.

It was 1996 and we were young parents. I was at medical school when I came upon an anti-immunisation pamphlet left in one of our lecture theatres.

I was suspicious of the establishment at the time. You need to understand, I had grown up a welfare-dependent “half-caste” (I hate that term) boy living with his mother, escaping from

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Lohud.com: Rockland BOCES Kaplan graduates are en route to next challenge

Lohud.com: Rockland BOCES Kaplan graduates are en route to next challenge

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The 2017 Graduation ceremony for the BOCES Kaplan School in West Nyack. Ricky Flores/lohud

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The BOCES Jesse J. Kaplan School in West Nyack celebrated the graduation of 18 students who participated in their program on Jun. 16, 2017. The school works with special need individuals facing a host of physical and mental disabilities.(Photo: Ricky Flores/The Journal News)Buy Photo

It was a morning of cheers, along with some tears, at Rockland BOCES

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Onthebox.com: Preview – The Autistic Gardener

Returning for a second series, Alan Gardner comes to provide some landscape makeovers, with his autistic mind giving him a unique take on shapes, patterns and textures of gardens.

In this opening episode, Gardner helps a couple in Lancashire who need help with their garden, which has an odd triangular plot shape. However, he only has a budget of £10,000.

Gardner also travels abroad in this programme. Tonight he visits a garden in the middle

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Jrsusa.org: A Father's Persistence

Jrsusa.org: A Father's Persistence

A Father’s Persistence

June 17, 2017 David Bulambo and his three children who currently live in Hamilton, Ontario

 “To be a father is a lifetime responsibility. You aren’t living on your own anymore. You are living a life which is also connected to your other family members. Especially when you have a family member with a special need, the responsibility is even much higher,” says David Bulambo a Congolese refugee who was resettled in Canada

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Durangoherald.com: “Awesome” Annie McKonly celebrates 10 years at the Rec Center

Durangoherald.com: “Awesome” Annie McKonly celebrates 10 years at the Rec Center

Annie McKonly was diagnosed with high-functioning autism when she was about 3 years old. She moved with her family to Durango 17 years ago from Kansas City, Kansas.

“Early intervention with autism is key. It was hard for her at first and she was bullied a lot at school, but she overcame that. She just has a different learning style than others,” said her mother, Pamela, a special education teacher.

After graduating from high school,

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Theage.com.au: Bringing the outsiders in: autistic pride

Theage.com.au: Bringing the outsiders in: autistic pride

In a brightly lit space in one of the school’s newer buildings a group of teenage boys is sitting in a rough circle playing a get-to-know you game that’s a mix of musical chairs and guess who. There’s the usual jokey exchanges and awkward adolescent shuffling, but nothing that sets this group apart from the norm.

In fact, the boys gathered together before the bell starts the day at St James College, Bentleigh, are all

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Scroll.in: How to navigate a children's party when your child has autism

Scroll.in: How to navigate a children's party when your child has autism

My son’s 1st birthday was a grand affair – magicians, balloon makers, face painting, clowns, mascots – the whole nine yards. From then on, we have celebrated each of his birthdays with just as much enthusiasm, expecting that in time our son would start dictating how he wants his birthday to be celebrated. Autism changed that plan a little.

Over time, we realised he had no clue what a birthday is, what parties are, or

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Ktva.com: Autistic boy, 8, missing in Eagle River

Ktva.com: Autistic boy, 8, missing in Eagle River

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By KTVA Web Staff 6:29 PM June 16, 2017

Alaska State Troopers and FBI say the missing 8-year-old boy from Eagle River has been found.

A spokesperson for the FBI says he was found inside a neighbor’s home just after 1 a.m. Saturday. Once he was spotted, they immediately called police.

“I could drop to my knees and thank God right now,” one volunteer said as soon as she heard the news.

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Healthable.org: Autism Pride Day 2017

Healthable.org: Autism Pride Day 2017

Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome is a neural development disorder that can be identified by characteristics like an inability to dwell among crowds and a lack of sense of communication. People with autism rarely maintain eye contact while interacting with others. They also behave unusually and stand out in a social setting because of this.

Understanding Autism

There are a number of genetic and environmental factors that lead to a person becoming autistic. It

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Thealpenanews.com: Damage to your body can last generations

Thealpenanews.com: Damage to your body can last generations

Understanding autism leapt forward this year with University of Bristol’s 14,500 person study in Scientific Reports, showing a 53 percent increased risk of autism if the child’s maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy. Similarly, granddaughters experienced a 67 percent increased risk of displaying traits associated with autism, like sensory sensitivities or poor social communication.

Previous studies have pointed toward a genetic link and autism. In 2013 Danish researchers showed autism risk of 7 percent in all

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Westerntelegraph.co.uk: Huge support for Milford Haven autism awareness scheme

Westerntelegraph.co.uk: Huge support for Milford Haven autism awareness scheme

DYFED-Powys Police officers and staff are on track to make Milford Haven the first autism-friendly community in Wales.

For the past three months the team has been out and about in the town raising awareness of autism, and helping shops and businesses learn how they can become more supportive and welcoming of autistic people.

The town’s Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) is leading the bid to become an autism friendly community, and so far a sergeant,

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Fstribune.com: Bingo is his name-o, helping Jayden is his job

Fstribune.com: Bingo is his name-o, helping Jayden is his job

Jason E. Silvers/Tribune photo Jayden Witt and his service dog companion, Bingo, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever.

Jayden Witt and his new friend, Bingo, a 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, are in the process of creating a bond while the 6-year-old Jayden and his family deal with the child’s autism.

Jayden’s parents, Matt and Cherie Witt of Fort Scott, got the service dog a few months ago as they searched for help for Jayden, who was

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Sandiegoreader.com: Autism Accessibility Mornings at the Fleet

Sandiegoreader.com: Autism Accessibility Mornings at the Fleet

On the third Saturday of every month, the Fleet invites adults and families with children with autism to enjoy the Fleet’s exhibit galleries in a quieter setting, an hour before regular open hours to the general public and with access to a special cool-off space. Admission includes a special IMAX film screening at 10 a.m. with the house lights on and a lower soundtrack volume. Regular admission rates apply. Visitors are welcome to stay

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