Some of us enjoy the occasional trip to the spa; not only is it a form of self-care but it also offers us the opportunity to relieve tension. Treatments offered can range from hot stones, to trigger point massages including vibration massages. It’s therefore hardly surprising that vibration therapy for autism is believed to soothe

in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

A look at the prevalence of autism in South Africa and the challenges affecting families in need of therapies and support. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects individuals regardless of culture, ethnicity, or economic status. Unfortunately, most of the research studies on the prevalence of autism, diagnostic traits of autism, and its impact on life and

in Autism Advocacy by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Just when you think you’ve read it all, here comes another condition that is said to be related to autism: catatonia. If you haven’t heard yet, autism and catatonia have been closely studied to understand their comorbid occurrence and, from what we currently know, unfortunately, it does appear to be true that there’s some crossover.

in Autism Health and Medical Info by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Discoveries about the biological treatment of autism symptoms are growing and are hot topics for parents seeking solutions to assist their children. One area scientists have been looking into for some years with limited success is secretin as a treatment for symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The first study into the use of secretin

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If you’re not scientifically minded, you might be unaware of the potential link between epigenetics and autism. From the moment children are conceived to the moment they begin to interact with the environment, they’re indirectly exposed to factors which could affect their development. In short, epigenetics is the study of how your behaviors and environment

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Genetic studies are evolving every day and now play a key part in identifying which genes could be the reason behind disorders and disabilities. Genetic testing is being used more and more in the medical community, but is there a form of genetic testing for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? This article should answer this big

in Autism Diagnosis by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Have you ever witnessed a child in a classroom who is constantly fidgeting? Or perhaps you’ve seen a child playing alone in the corner of a playground? Many children struggle to focus or have difficulty making friends at times, but when this becomes “normal” daily behavior, it could be a sign of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has a diverse array of markers and traits. So much so that every individual on the autism spectrum experiences a variety of symptoms different to the next person and many ASD symptoms can be found in other disorders similar to autism. Autism is categorized by symptoms such as social interaction and

in Autism Health and Medical Info by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex condition with symptoms varying from difficulties in communication and interaction, to special interests and repetitive behaviors, to sensory sensitivities. For this reason, new autism treatment methods are regularly unveiled and often focus on different elements of the spectrum. It is important to note that, while scientists drive research

in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Meet Helen Boden, the CEO of I AM—Celebrating Autism in Greater Manchester, UK. A love for people and change has been a motivator for Helen Boden, and now, at the height of her career, she is the newly appointed CEO of I AM—Celebrating Autism in Greater Manchester, UK. The charity organization focuses on supporting autistic

in Autism Advocacy by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Studies have discovered that some individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) also present with a form of personality disorder. Of the various forms of personality disorders, borderline personality disorder (BPD) and autism as a combination seem to be the most prevalent. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is not a personality disorder in itself. ASD is characterized

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When we consider the pathophysiology of autism, there is a lot of information to process. As a background, think about the fact our bodies function like an integrated system where each part and subpart plays a vital role in its overall functioning. When one part is affected, it may destabilize the system leading to disruptions

in Autism Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

The journey to attaining a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often comes with many hurdles and back-and-forth consultations. Some parents only receive a positive diagnosis after years of seeking answers for their children’s challenges, but tools such as the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale are designed to help.  Due to the spectrum of autism, diagnostic

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A poem about mirror-touch synesthesia. A clone to your touch. Innocently,  As if enslaved to you, I share what you feel. Behind this glass,  I am invisible to you, Yet somehow,  You tempt me with every touch. You limp, I limp. You scream, I am your echo,  As you melt into the hand of your

in Autism Poetry by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Have you ever washed your face and found the act of your hands touching your skin causes an involuntary painful sensation? This experience is known as tactile hyperesthesia. Hyperesthesia is defined by heightened sensory experience in any of the five senses causing pain stimulation, but what’s the connection between hyperesthesia and autism? The sensory experience

in Sensory Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Executive dysfunction in children with autism is a key issue. Executive function itself refers to planning, working memory, impulse control, inhibition, initiation, and monitoring of tasks or actions. All of these elements can be impacted by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Executive functioning is mediated by the frontal lobe, meaning any developmental delay that implicates the

in Autism Health and Medical Info by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Autism reading comprehension is a complicated topic as children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience a variety of associated symptoms, and attain language proficiency at different stages—some earlier than others. Reading comprehension requires the ability to understand language and literature. It isn’t enough to just read a text without understanding the meaning behind the words

in Education and Classroom by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Verbal operants break down language into different elements which collectively help us communicate in our everyday lives. The term itself may sound strange but, if you take a closer look, you’ll realize we use verbal operants every day without realizing it.  Verbal operants is a verbal behavior approach designed to assist in teaching language in

in Communication Skills by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Our brains are immense. Everyone’s ability to think, reason, relate, and engage with tasks is granted by their brain’s ability to process the information in their environment. Our brains store thousands of memories, but with many believing the autistic brain is differently wired, some people wonder what the connection is between autism and memory. The

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You may be chatting as a family and, suddenly, your autistic child reacts out of character and you simply can’t understand what triggered him/her. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is complex, with some individuals on the spectrum showing impulsive aggression as they struggle to express their needs. Some children with autism experience impulsive aggression where they

in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

The wonders of modern medicine have led to a greater understanding of how our bodies function from the cellular level and how these manifest in the physical. In turn, this has lead to the evolution of suramin for autism as well as other drugs for neurological conditions. Several drugs have been developed over recent years and,

in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

There are many famous people with autism as, although autism can create challenges with everyday life, it can also be seen as a gift which enables people to share talents with the world around them. There are many notable figures in today’s society who have received an autism diagnosis. Plus, with autism being a fairly

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Ever heard people talking about biomedical treatment for autism and wondered what it is? This article looks at physiological processes in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and highlights biological treatments which claim to improve underlying dysfunctions. Our body’s overall functioning relies on the biological processes carried in our tissues and organs; if a particular

in Autism Health and Medical Info by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

There are many different teaching strategies for ASD children. Often, it is worth taking a different approach to neurotypical teaching methods in order to support kids on the autism spectrum with their social skills, language, and communication. Because of the challenges that children with autism experience, which affect their ability to be independent, the TEACCH

in Education and Classroom by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

One way children can learn what types of behavior are appropriate is through discipline—it is part of educating your child to learn right from wrong and to understand socially acceptable and respectful behavior. Disciplining your autistic child is no easy task though, and requires a lot of patience. Implementing discipline strategies can be challenging and

in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

We all process the world using our senses. Whether we’re sitting, walking, talking, or eating, more than one of our senses is involved so that each action is coordinated and understood accordingly. So what happens if a child’s senses aren’t cross-functioning smoothly? Well, that’s when it might be worth considering sensory integration therapy (SIT). Some children

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The role of caregivers is just as important as therapists when providing supportive structure for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With this in mind, a key thing parents and professionals can collaborate on is managing challenging behaviors, and one way of doing so is through incidental teaching. Incidental teaching offers caregivers or parents a

in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc