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Autism Diagnosis

Autism: Early Intervention Makes A BIG Difference

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Recognizing more children with autism means more opportunity for intervention and a greater chance of a better future for these children.

A Letter To To The Doctor Who Diagnosed My Daughter

Shanell Mouland | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

How many people were crushed inside that room? How many times did a parent stare at the barren threads of this offensively antiquated carpet to avoid crying in front of you? How many succeeded?

Someone I'm With Has Autism

Carrie Cariello | Posted 09.13.2014 | Parents
Carrie Cariello

It could promote tolerance and acceptance. It could make the world love autism. Most of all, it could save my son from the embarrassment of an announcement.

5 Reasons My Daughter's Autism Diagnosis Was A Relief

Shanell Mouland | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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

The Promising Tools That Could Change How We Diagnose Autism

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents

As anyone who has struggled to get clear answers for their child knows, there is no single medical test to detect autism. And because autism spectrum ...

Why Are Children Losing Their Autism Diagnosis?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 05.03.2014 | 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...

Catherine Pearson

The Lonely World Of Raising A Girl With Autism

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.26.2013 | Parents

Suzanne Amara's daughter, Janey, was 3 years old when she was diagnosed with autism. These days, no one would mistake that her daughter has the ne...

Joy Resmovits

'We're Losing Our Little Boy': One Family's Fight For Their Son's Education

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

WASHINGTON -- Greg Masucci just wants to hear his little boy say his own name. That's what he tells developmental specialists as he sits in an offi...

What My Son's Diagnoses Won't Tell You

Jamie Krug | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

Figuring out what to do first, and who to call, and what meetings to set up, and where we go from here... We are in that mode again. And I can do that.

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.

Catherine Pearson

Can Children Grow Out Of Autism?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.16.2013 | Parents

Most children with autism become adults with autism, retaining the same relationship, school, work and communication issues, but a new study says some...

Will DSM-5 Reduce the Rates of Autism?

Allen Frances | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

The DSM-5 autism group has been blinded by an intellectual conflict of interest. Eager to introduce its concept of an autism spectrum, the group lost sight of a crucial and obvious fact: Its proposed criteria set is written so exclusively that it must inevitably reduce the diagnosis of autism.

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.

WATCH: Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman Opens Up About Son's Autism

Posted 05.03.2012 | Black Voices

Shortly after his first birthday, Shawn Stockman says his son Micah suddenly began to change. The R&B singer who earned accolades and world-renown as ...

An Autism Diagnosis Is Just The First -- But The Hardest -- Step

Amy Markoff Johnson | Posted 06.26.2012 | Parents
Amy Markoff Johnson

We'd come to see that this diagnosis wasn't a death sentence, or even a life sentence. It was an arrow pointing in the direction of understanding, of community, of information, and of resources to help individuals and families who need it.

A Full Life with Autism for 1 in 88 Children in the U.S.

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 06.02.2012 | Parents
Chantal Sicile-Kira

"All of us on the spectrum are different from one another and our wants and hopes are as well. It is important to recognize that when planning our lives."

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...

Diagnosis: The Day Everything, And Nothing Changed

Jenee Woodard | Posted 04.12.2012 | Religion
Jenee Woodard

In 1994, autism was not recognized or diagnosed "early." The attitude was "wait and see" because the diagnosis of "autism" invariably meant life-long severe disability, not the "spectrum" we recognize today.

Will New DSM-5 Criteria For Autism Spectrum Disorder Exclude Some People?

| Posted 01.30.2012 | Healthy Living

By Ferris Jabr (Click here for the original article) People have been arguing about autism for a long time—about what causes it, how to treat it...

Catherine Pearson

New Study Sheds Light On Why Autism Diagnosis Can Be So Difficult

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.23.2012 | Healthy Living

Medical diagnoses are rarely clear-cut, and that may be particularly true among children with autism. A new study finds that children with autism ...

How An Asperger Syndrome Diagnosis Saved My Marriage

David Finch | Posted 03.20.2012 | Books
David Finch

It was my wife Kristen, a speech therapist who had worked with autistic children, who was most suspicious about my behavior. After we were married and living together, she started noticing little "things" about me that were consistent with Asperger Syndrome, a mild form of autism.

Autism: Environmental Or Genetic?

Kim Stagliano | Posted 10.19.2011 | Healthy Living
Kim Stagliano

A new study in Pediatrics says the recurrence risk of autism in younger siblings is higher than previously thought. Hardly comforting to autism families who want a second or third child.

10 Myths About Autism

abcnews.com | Lara Salahi | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

As the number of Americans diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders climbs, so, too, does the number of questions surrounding this disorder. Namely, w...