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A Little Girl Answers Your Questions About Autism

Shanell Mouland | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Dear Concerned, Rather than looking critically at the number of diagnoses surrounding us, use that analytical mind of yours and do some serious autism research for me.

5 Reasons My Daughter's Autism Diagnosis Was A Relief

Shanell Mouland | Posted 04.04.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

I suspect I am not the only parent who found some level of comfort in hearing those words. The unknown can be so much more consuming than the truth.

Catherine Pearson

Autism Rate Has Increased -- 1 In 68 Kids Now Identified With The Disorder

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 03.27.2014 | Parents

One in 68 children in the United States have now been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Pr...

Why Are Children Losing Their Autism Diagnosis?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 03.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

I understand, and many researchers have pointed out to me, that grandfathering these autism diagnoses is scientifically messy at best. It may take decades to "clean up" the science; in the meantime, it's my duty to advocate for my patients.

Why The Number Of Kids With Autism Is About To Decline

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

By: By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 01/22/2014 06:09 PM EST on LiveScience The number of U.S. children estimated to have autism cou...

Autism Gags

Katie Chodosh | Posted 03.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Katie Chodosh

As a sibling of autism, it is safe to assume that Suzanne Wright is talking about me, and in response, I will say that yes, the challenges of autism are real. But so are the joys.

Autism Conference in Washington Highlights Hope

Jim Luce | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Jim Luce

Having written about being wowed by youth leader Joey Lowenstein (HuffPo), a teen living with and conquering autism, and preparing to award him the 20...

Why I Finally Stopped Worrying About My Child's 'Interests'

Brenda Rothman | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

We are told that autistic children get "locked" in their own world. The very metaphor trips us up. It leads us to think that our children are suffering and need us to pull them out of their world. This belief needs to change.

Is There a Link Between Autism and Gender Dysphoria?

Kyle Simon | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Kyle Simon

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) occur at a higher rate in transgender people than in the general population. Moreover, female-to-male (FTM) transgender people have higher rates of autistic features than do male-to-female (MTF) transgender people or cisgender males and females.

The Most Inspiring Use For Google Glass We've Seen So Far

Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.15.2013 | Technology

Penicillin, X-rays, Viagra: Some of man's greatest discoveries were made by accident. And though one California teen's software was meant for educ...

PHOTO: Why This Simple Message Means So Much

Posted 09.03.2013 | Parents

Today's cute kid note is, put simply, everything. Title: Three Little Words From A Boy With Autism Author: Redditor EFCFrost's son who is on th...

Dad Of 6-Year-Old With Asperger's: "There Was Not A Lot Of Guidance"

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.17.2013 | Parents

It took Brian and his wife, Susanna, a lot of research and trial and error before they got their daughter, Arizona, help that really worked. Their 6-y...

Traumatic Stress Disorder

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Trauma is ubiquitous in our world. Sometimes, however, its magnitude is so profound or persistent that, while recovery is possible, a person's life is forever changed.

Autism and First Words

Marge Blanc | Posted 04.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Marge Blanc

ASD language processors are no different from other gestalt processors except that their timeline is much longer. And because of that, their sources of language input include much more media than natural language of a household.

Vaccine Court Awards Millions to Two Children With Autism

David Kirby | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

The federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, better known as "vaccine court," has just awarded millions of dollars to two children with autism for "pain and suffering" and lifelong care of their injuries, which together could cost tens of millions of dollars.

A Conversation Between Mother Seal and Baby Seal

Dafna Maor | Posted 03.09.2013 | Parents
Dafna Maor

It wasn't about control of me over him, or him over me. It was something that we both had to get used to; Tal's mom is a person who does things that do not always relate to Tal.

Guess What's on a Child's Mind

Dafna Maor | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
Dafna Maor

When children are very young, they have a hard time seeing a different point of view than their own. Most young children seem like that for the first years of their lives. It takes a long time for them to realize their view of the world is different than others.'

Making the Ride a Little Smoother

Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP | Posted 02.09.2013 | Parents
Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP

In my present work with middle school-aged students on the spectrum, we prepare students days in advance for even the slightest alterations in their schedules. Everything from a class trip, to a planned teacher absence, to a haircut is discussed, practiced and given a social story.

Mercury, Vaccines Hot Topics at Autism Hearing

David Kirby | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
David Kirby

You probably didn't know it, but Congress recently held a major hearing on the government's response to autism, grilling two key federal officials on everything from prevalence studies to services for adults with the disorder.

Financial Planning For the Future of Your Special Children

Dafna Maor | Posted 02.04.2013 | Parents
Dafna Maor

This is a lesson for any person, any parent, but especially for parents with special children: Take good care of your health, not just the physical one, but the financial one.

So, You Think Your Child Is Normal?

Dafna Maor | Posted 01.14.2013 | Parents
Dafna Maor

What I would really like to tell you about is not my son's progress, but of the lessons I've learned from his experience.

Catherine Pearson

Study: Autism Linked To Fever And Flu During Pregnancy

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.12.2012 | Parents

Perhaps the single biggest question among parents concerned about autism is what causes the developmental disorder, which now affects one in 88 childr...

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.

Pride and Prejudice: Why Parenting Is Different for Me

Dafna Maor | Posted 12.18.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

As the parent of a child with autism, I discovered a peculiar thing: Many things that cause stress, or at least some annoyance, to other parents are causes for joy or at least satisfaction for me.

Happy Start to the School Year

Dafna Maor | Posted 11.13.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

I cannot think of a better gift for the coming Jewish year than knowing that your child is a caring, helpful friend.