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Since When Is Autism A Competition?

Julie M Green | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Autism is not a competition. It's a spectrum, with challenges common enough to fall under the same diagnostic family tree, yet different enough for the grass to seem greener on the other side.

The Great Disclosure Debate: When Should You Tell Strangers Your Child Has Autism?

Julie M Green | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Julie M Green

Is it better to be upfront about your kid's disorder to bemused strangers, or to keep your private business private?

What Causes Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

One of the questions I am most commonly asked as a psychiatrist specializing in child psychiatry is, "What causes autism?" My answer often leaves the questioner feeling a little bit shortchanged, especially with the current surge of new reports linking yet another "risk factor" to autism.

If I Could Turn Back Time: The Top Regrets of Parents With Children Who Have Autism

Roy Dittmann | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Roy Dittmann

In the 21st century, many parents are slowing down, questioning what they've been told, and discovering that preparing themselves for having a baby can save them from a lifetime of regrets.

CDC: One in Every 50 Children Has Autism

Jay Gordon, MD | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jay Gordon, MD

Today the CDC announced a 72 percent increase in the diagnosis of autism over the past four years. One of every 50 children aged 6 years to 17 years has an autism spectrum diagnosis.

Ending Fear Over the New Autism Diagnosis

Catherine Lord, Ph.D. | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Catherine Lord, Ph.D.

In the DSM-5, we propose a new way of looking at these disorders, merging them into a single diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. We believe this will create more accurate diagnoses and improved access to services. It should also improve research into ASD.

Autism Sucks and Then We Die

Kim Stagliano | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Kim Stagliano

We have to petition a judge to take away Mia's rights as an adult so that we can make her medical, legal and financial decisions because thanks to her autism, she is not able to make safe choices for herself.

Catherine Pearson

Autism Meds Called Into Question | Catherine Pearson | Posted 04.24.2012 | Healthy Living

Scientific journals' tendency to favor studies with positive test results may have skewed the understanding of how effective antidepressants actually ...

Autism Not Diagnosed As Early In Minority Children: Study

AP | By LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 02.28.2012 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Early diagnosis is considered key for autism, but minority children tend to be diagnosed later than white children. Some new work is beg...

Nickels, Dimes and 'High-Functioning' Autism

Todd Drezner | Posted 03.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Todd Drezner

Why does the autism community continue to obsess over categorizing people as high or low functioning? It's true that the needs of one autistic person may be very different from the needs of another, but that doesn't mean that they have nothing in common.

Trauma and Joy: A Thanksgiving Story

Larry Strauss | Posted 01.23.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

Sometimes my students ask me why I became a teacher. No simple answer. It was a combination of things, probably starting when, though I am three-and-a-half years younger than my brother, I became the older brother.

7 Easy Ways to Help a Family Diagnosed With Autism

Elaine Hall | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elaine Hall

All too often, because folks don't know what to do, they do nothing! Even to the extent of avoiding the family out of fear.

Non-Verbal Autistic Teen Gives Commencement Address (VIDEO)

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Chantal Sicile-Kira

My son has worked so hard to not be "imprisoned in darkness" as he so eloquently put it in the commencement speech he gave at his high school graduation on Friday, June 18.

A Film of One's Own

Janet Grillo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janet Grillo

So here I am, in the middle of my life, filling up my own room. What took me so long?

Radiance and Chicken

Elaine Hall | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elaine Hall

This simple act of kindness at Koo Koo Roo made me come back again, and again. Why do I bring this up on a blog about autism? Just to say how important it is to go the extra mile for others.

Research suggests children can recover from autism

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CHICAGO — Leo Lytel was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. But by age 9 he had overcome the disorder. His progress is part of a growing body of...