September 23, 2022

There are many different types of assistive technology for speech and language disorders available on the market today. With the range of needs, the technology can help with communicating with others, hearing what others are saying, and emergencies. There are many other uses for this technology ranging from non verbal autism and ranging across all

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September 18, 2022

A lack of empathy is often erroneously described as a defining characteristic of autism spectrum disorder, leading to speculation about children on the spectrum developing antisocial personality disorders in adulthood. “Autistic people and psychopaths are almost the opposite of each other…” This remark, made by Professor Baron-Cohen during an interview for the Autism Parenting Summit

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September 15, 2022

I looked up at my grandmother from my place on the floor. I had been sitting next to a small table near the landing of the staircase that was covered in elephant figurines. “Where did you get all these elephants?” She smiled at me: “My friends gave them to me. One day I mentioned that

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September 12, 2022

Autism burnout is much more than exhaustion; overwhelm does not suffice to describe the depths many autistic adults mention when describing the sensory overload, stress and most concerning, the apparent loss of skills associated with autistic burnout. The first day at a new school or job is a sure way to experience stress, uncertainty, and

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September 9, 2022

Besides being cute and a major source of love, dogs are an extremely valuable resource for learning when it comes to compassion, taking care of another living thing, feeling supported, and feeling less anxious. The connection between a dog and a child is an incredibly powerful thing. Research suggests there are three types of dogs

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September 8, 2022

New research has shown that parent training in interventions markedly improves outcomes of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Brigham Young University (BYU) worked on Effects of Parent-Implemented Interventions on Outcomes of Children with Autism: A Meta-Analysis, which has been published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  The research shows training and empowering

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September 7, 2022

I’m standing in a room full of people who are cheering, laughing, and collectively enjoying an extremely noisy event. Suddenly, I feel very ill, and I know I am in danger. My attempts at getting the attention of the people around me fail, they are busy and it is too loud. In that moment it

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September 5, 2022

When it comes to being a parent of a child with autism, emotions can be challenging for both parties. There are many assumptions made when individuals think about people with autism spectrum disorders and their emotional responses. This article is going to key in on: Do autistic people feel different emotions? Alexithymia and how it

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September 2, 2022

A diagnosis of autism is often followed, or preceded by, other diagnosis. Many conditions mimic autism and vice versa. Some increase the risk for autism, some are common comorbid conditions with autism. Some children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders are also diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos syndrome. Today I want to discuss Ehlers Danlos and autism,

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September 2, 2022

About 50% of mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) had elevated levels of depressive symptoms over 18 months, while rates were much lower (6% to 13.6%) for mothers with neurotypical children in the same period, according to a new study from The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The report, which was published

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August 31, 2022

In this article, the differences between the symptoms of Tourette syndrome and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will be discussed, as well as whether there are possible links between the two conditions.  It is important to note that research is always being updated and different outcomes can present depending on different individuals. I hope though, that

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August 30, 2022

Research from Washington State University reveals an eye test has been developed which could help diagnose children with autism. Publishing their data in the Neurological Sciences Journal, Washington State University’s researchers believe the test could be a huge step forward for early diagnosis.  The process involves testing the speed at which a child’s eye dilates

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August 29, 2022

Are you considering homeschooling a child and wondering how to create an autism homeschool schedule? Are you intimidated because it seems that there is so much to learn and you wonder where you should start? Some good news is that there are more and more autism homeschool resources available for a quality home education that

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August 26, 2022

Bailey’s mother in law, Susan, opened her arms wide as soon as she saw her. As Bailey ran into them, Susan asked, “How is he doing?” Pulling back, Bailey shook her head in discouragement, “I can’t get through, I don’t know how to reach him”. Her son had been suffering through a bout of severe

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August 24, 2022

A look at context blindness and autism, how difficulty understanding context occurs and what can be done about it.

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August 22, 2022

As parents there are many questions we ask ourselves when it comes to our children with autism and, in this article, we will discuss one of those questions: how does autism affect social skills? We want what is best for our children, and with so many articles and books describing autism, ways to help improve

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August 19, 2022

Growing up Megan struggled with her relationship with her father. He was loving, hard working, and a musical genius. As far as relationships though, things were as complicated as the intricate melodies he composed. In order to have a productive conversation, it was as if she had to enter the all encompassing bubble he lived

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August 19, 2022

Research has shown for the first time that three sub-groups of autism can be identified from measuring brain activity. Birkbeck, University of London, conducted the research which also showed that brain activity can predict how social skills develop. It is thought by those involved that this new way of predicting how social skills might naturally

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August 17, 2022

Antecedent based interventions are used to figure out what the autistic person is trying to communicate through their behaviors.

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August 17, 2022

Improved treatment options for irritability and novel treatments for core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are the key unmet needs for the autism community, according to GlobalData. GlobalData, a data and analytics company, conducted a survey which revealed treatment options to target irritability and aggression associated with autism, and the core symptoms of ASD,

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August 15, 2022

There are different types of therapies available to choose from and animal assisted therapy for autism has so much potential, depending on the individual with autism spectrum disorder. Therapy dogs, autism service dogs, equine assisted activities, and more are among choices parents and caregivers can select if searching for an animal assisted therapy. According to

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August 15, 2022

The global Autism Parenting Summit is returning for September 2022 following three highly successful previous installments. Summit host Autism Parenting Magazine has announced that the virtual event will be back for four days on September 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th with a stellar lineup of expert speakers.  Doctors, therapists, educators, advocates, and people on the

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August 12, 2022

“Omg, he’s so weird!” Becky said to her friend Lane. They were watching Tommy across the school playground. He was walking on his tiptoes, and flapping his arms as he crossed the hard court to his group. One of the teachers, Mr Gordon, gave them a sharp look. “Girls”, he said sternly, “Be nice”. It

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August 10, 2022

Playing is one of the best and most important parts of being a child. The freedom to create and use your imagination using the toys around you or getting attached to a specific toy is something many of us have enjoyed growing up.  For your autistic child, this can be the same. Play is important

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August 8, 2022

Professor Ying-Chieh Tsai, PhD, Chief Founder at Bened Biomedical, discusses the benefits of neurologically active products for autism spectrum disorder.  In TV ads and on grocery store shelves, it seems probiotics are everywhere. Most people understand that probiotics are “good” bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms that live inside the intestines. They’re typically thought of as

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August 7, 2022

A look at how food texture sensitivity occurs in children with autism.

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August 4, 2022

Pain is a warranted worry for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Communication impairments could mean children struggle to put pain in words, meaning serious conditions and symptoms may be missed. With more autistic adults searching out advice about headache disorders, the association between autism and migraines deserves a closer look. My child banged

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July 4, 2022

Research shows that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are twice as likely to be regularly, and unlawfully, excluded from school for a fixed term than their neurotypical peers. The University of Birmingham’s Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) in the UK looked into the causes and implications of exclusions for autistic pupils, discovering

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June 23, 2022

You’ve researched and pored over every reputable autism resource to check symptoms and characteristics of the neurodevelopmental condition. So many things finally make sense, including a spectrum of social communication challenges traceable from your early childhood. Obtaining a formal diagnosis may seem like the next step but, for many autistic adults, it may feel like

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June 21, 2022

Picture books generally help kids give context and meaning to the world around them. For children with autism, this doesn’t change. Many children with autism tend to rely on visuals such as pictograms to help them understand and organize information. According to the study, Children with autism and picture books: extending the reading experiences of

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June 16, 2022

There are many different views and opinions about reinforcement strategies, negative punishment, and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and how they work together in applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy to improve behavior. Many parents, caregivers, and educators are unsure of what reinforcement strategies and negative punishment are and how they might benefit the person with autism.

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June 15, 2022

Kim attempted to open the door to her algebra class only to drop half of what was in her hands. Frustrated, she picked up her belongings, pushed her glasses back to her forehead, and tried again. School was a place where she could pour herself into her studies. She liked that, but she wished she

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June 14, 2022

Being an autism parent is no easy task and when planning routines, working on behavioral and communication skills, and preventing meltdowns is on the top of your agenda, a movie night might be just what the doctor ordered. In fact, it really is, with the National Library of Medicine revealing movies are not only a

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June 10, 2022

For parents of neurotypical children and neurodivergent children alike, some things are universal. We all want our kids to be happy, healthy, and loved, and we all worry—a lot. One of the biggest concerns we may have for our kids can be how they will handle romantic relationships, sex, and the social aspects of dating

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June 10, 2022

Discussions about the shared traits between children with autism spectrum disorders and their undiagnosed parents often lead to pondering the broader autism phenotype. Is it possible for relatives of autistic kids to have autism spectrum disorder…to a lesser degree? Autism spectrum disorder is a medical diagnosis but the broader autism phenotype is not. Rather, it

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June 9, 2022

Children with autistic siblings may be at high risk for developing socio-emotional difficulties, according to a recent study released from the Yale Child Study Center. Researchers at the center have been observing brain scans, tracking eye movement, and observing play to determine whether children with autistic siblings may be at high risk for developing socio-emotional

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June 6, 2022

Meet Stephanie Smith, a woman driven by her passion to create change in the autism community through education. Stephanie Smith is the recently appointed Deputy Headteacher at The Cavendish School, a state-maintained special free school for young people with autism in the UK—and the world’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) special autism school. Stephanie has been

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June 3, 2022

Autism guardianship is a decision with major repercussions; for some parents, however, it may seem like the only choice offering maximum protection for their almost adult child with developmental disabilities. In most countries around the world a child becomes a legal adult on their 18th birthday; this is a fact most parents find terrifying. Thinking

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June 1, 2022

For parents who may be wondering about the process of obtaining an autism diagnosis for their child and what follows after a diagnosis, this article could help. When parents first wonder if their child is on the autism spectrum, feelings of concern may arise along with questions as to what to do next. This review

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June 1, 2022

Ensuring your child has good sleep hygiene can seem daunting as a parent, but autism sleep problems can bring a whole new twist on what is considered a good night’s sleep. Children with autism are known to have different social and sensory behaviors compared to typically developing children, both of which can contribute to sleep

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