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Autism Spectrum Disorder

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 04.28.2014 | 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 04.27.2014 | 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 09.29.2014 | 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.

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...

The Sky Is Blue Every Day

Areva Martin | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Areva Martin

As I mother, I desperately want to protect him. I want his struggles to go away. I don't want the world to view him as being different or abnormal. I want him to be just like every other child, but the reality is that his disorder is here to stay. The reality is we live in the world of autism.

What It Also Means to Raise an Autistic Child

Brenda Rothman | Posted 06.09.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

For many years, we didn't travel or attend gatherings. It was too exhausting for Jack. He had to process new environments, decipher voices talking at the same time, recognize faces, absorb emotions and respond to unexpected sounds, lights and movements. It cost him too much energy.

LOOK: 10 Families Living With Autism

Posted 04.05.2013 | Parents

Just days before the start of National Autism Awareness Month, a new parental survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed...

Discovering Perfection in Autistic Boy's Smile

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Marjoriet T. Matute

Autism has become incredibly common over the years and has answered many questions pertaining to childhood developmental issues. Studies have proven t...

What Does It Mean to Raise a Child With Autism

Priyanka Kher | Posted 06.04.2013 | Parents
Priyanka Kher

It means spending sleepless night worrying whether your child will ever be able to say a three-word sentence independently. It means wondering whether he or she will ever experience things like friendship, love and companionship in their lives.