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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lurking Truth in Recent Studies

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 04.09.2014 | Science
David H. Newman, M.D.

Last month a study of siblings found that breastfeeding conferred no health advantages, while a second study declared older paternal age to be associated with psychiatric problems in children. A third study found no link between saturated fats and heart disease. It was a month of unexpected, and sometimes unsettling, science.

One Out of 68 Kids Is on the Autistic Spectrum, and Who Will Educate the Educators?

Laurie Levy | Posted 04.04.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

In a just and truly diverse classroom community, every child belongs. To reach this goal, teachers need to have up-to-date training, or retraining, in child development for both typical and atypical children.

Autism Acceptance: The Crucial String

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Disability seeps into all the cracks, the corners, of your life. It becomes the emotional center of the family. Sometimes I felt as if other, typical families were feasting in a great restaurant, while the four of us were standing outside, noses pressed to the glass.

April Is Autism Awareness Month -- Light It Up Blue!

Lisa Masters | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Lisa Masters

Autism Awareness month is here again. Puzzle pieces will be scattered everywhere to remind us of an unknown future for those whose world is somewhat different than most, and on April 2, the world will turn a lighter shade of blue.

1 in 68

Mary McLaughlin | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Mary McLaughlin

1 in 68 does not mean that autism is an enemy that needs to be conquered. 1 in 68 means that we need educational systems that truly meet the needs of a population that learns differently.

The Best Things You Can Do When Your Grandchild Has Autism

Carrie Cariello | Posted 03.29.2014 | Fifty
Carrie Cariello

I'm always struck at the number of grandparents who turn up at my readings. During the discussion afterwards, they usually ask similar questions; 'I have a granddaughter with autism. What should I do when she flaps her hands?' or, 'Why do the tags on his sweater bother him so much?'

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...

The Real Autism 'Epidemic'

William Stillman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
William Stillman

If the word epidemic is apt in describing an unaccountable experience that affects us in a widespread manner, it best applies to those adolescents and adults over the age of 21 who have "aged out."

How Do I Tell My Son Everything About His Autism?

Carrie Cariello | Posted 02.25.2014 | Parents
Carrie Cariello

It was a Sunday morning in late September -- the day after my birthday. I was fuzzily turning pancakes on the griddle while Jack perched at the counter flicking the top to the syrup open and closed and open and closed. Out of nowhere, he asked, "Why was I born with autism?"

Advocating for Your College Student With Autism

Emma Nicholson | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Emma Nicholson

Transitioning to a self-advocating adult takes time for any child. To expect students with autism to miraculously and suddenly be able to do this without extra support will guarantee the failure of many.

A Father's Perspective: Making A Difference For Our Son

Julian Hung | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living
Julian Hung

Julian Hung’s son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 2 ½. His son has since had three years of applied behavior analysis (AB...

The Year I Finally Realized I'm Not Alone

Courtney Alison | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Courtney Alison

The Internet can be a funny place. People can be ruthless behind an anonymous screen. They can also be incredibly generous and kind.

What Nonverbal Kids Can Gain From Technology

Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP

Technology is truly a beautiful thing. It gives voice, words and expression to an inner world that may otherwise lay dormant without the tools to access and express it.

Facing Off With Zak

Anthony Romeo | Posted 02.12.2014 | Good News
Anthony Romeo

The constraints of popular society, with its omni-present need to always say and do the right thing, didn't seem to apply. Zak was living a life that was authentic and honest to himself. When you treated Zak well, you were treated well in return. Love Zak, Zak will love you. That seemed too easy

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...

Getting Job-Ready With Autism

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

Recently, a friend of mine asked me how old her child should be before she starts working on job readiness. My answer? Now. Right now.

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.

Autism: A Whole Body Disorder?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

It does appear that there is growing evidence linking autism, an abnormally functioning immune system, and a variety of medical conditions. The exact associations, so far, elude our understanding.

How I Will Tell My Child About His Autism

Brenda Rothman | Posted 11.19.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

I've been thinking a lot about how and when to tell my child about autism. I didn't want to make autism sound like a disease. I didn't want to project any fears or prejudices on him. I didn't want him to feel anxious about it. I didn't want to make him feel less than. I thought I would mess it up. I was scared.

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.

How This Autism Mom Stays Married

Laura Shumaker | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Laura Shumaker

Yes, having a child with autism adds stress, in our case a *lot* of stress, but there is a secret to staying married, whether you have a child with autism or not, and it has worked for the Shumaker's. Here it is.

Puppy Power

Patrice E. Athanasidy | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Patrice E. Athanasidy

At 11, Peter still had a tremendous fear of animals. Live animals are unpredictable, have a definite scent, lick him without permission and in general test all of Peter's daily stresses that come with his autistic spectrum disorder.

Temple Grandin's Mother Hurls Autism Into Child Pornography

Brenda Rothman | Posted 10.19.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

Temple Grandin's mother Eustacia Cutler has issued a disturbingly harmful judgment of autism and autistic men in her article in the Daily Beast. Her article deals a serious blow to the push for more educated, informed opinions about autism and autistic people.

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.

Something's Not Right With Our Boy

Rachel Joyce | Posted 08.09.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

I guess I've always known something was maybe amiss but honestly, I didn't want to know. There. I said it. I didn't want to know.