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Katherine G. Hobbs

Katherine G. Hobbs is a researcher and journalist for Autism Parenting Magazine dedicated to bringing awareness of resources to families affected by autism spectrum disorder. She lives in Florida where she teaches preschool and elementary-aged children of all abilities. Her passion for autism awareness began as a child in grade school with a dear friend. . You can find her online at katherineghobbs.com.

How Does Autism Affect Sleep In Some Children?

How Does Autism Affect Sleep In Some Children? http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-and-sleep/

Sleep disruptions in children with autism studied This week, a new study has been published in the Journal of Developmental Disorders that examines why children with neurodevelopmental disorders experience higher levels of sleep disturbance. Researchers at the Universities of Leicester and Birmingham studied children ages 2-15 years old with a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders including […]

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Can DIR Floortime Help Kids With Autism Develop Communication Skills?

Can DIR Floortime Help Kids With Autism Develop Communication Skills? http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/floortime-therapy/

Is your child with autism passive or sensory seeking? Are there developmental delays? Floortime therapy, an evidence-based intervention for autism, may strengthen basic communication skills and relationship skills for your child. What is DIR Floortime? Developmental Individual-difference Relationship-based model (DIR) Floortime was developed by the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan to help children with autism spectrum […]

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Assistive Communication Devices for Children with Autism

Assistive Communication Devices for Children with Autism http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/assistive-technology-autism/

If you are wondering, “How can assistive technology help a child with autism?” you are not alone. Using different types of alternative forms of communication for autism has been proven to improve communication outcomes in children with language delays. The benefits of assistive technology for autism are widely recognized by speech-language pathologists. This article will […]

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Weighted Blankets for Autism: Reducing Anxiety and Providing a Good Night’s Sleep

Weighted Blankets: Reducing Anxiety and Providing a Good Night’s Sleep https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/weighted-blankets-reducing-anxiety-providing-good-sleep

Is it a struggle for your child with autism to relax and fall asleep? A therapeutic weighted blanket, also known as a sensory blanket, may be what your child needs to help reduce anxiety. Weighted blankets can help bring a sense of calm. Learn how anxiety and sleep dysregulation can affect children with autism. Find […]

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The Benefits of Medical Marijuana and CBD Oil for Autism

Benefits of Medical Marijuana and Autism to Be Studied https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/benefits-of-medical-marijuana-and-autism-to-be-studied

Children’s Hospital will study medical marijuana’s effect on children with autism An upcoming study at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will be the first of its kind in the United States to examine the benefits of medical marijuana in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study is in partnership with an Australian biopharmaceutical company called […]

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Are Girls with Autism Not Being Diagnosed?

Are Girls with Autism Not Being Diagnosed? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-girls-not-diagnosed

Autism diagnostic tests When a child is sent for diagnostic testing to determine an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the tests, traditionally, are the same for both males and females. Depending on the age of the child being screened for ASD, markers will vary, but generally speaking, doctors test a child’s developmental and social skills as […]

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First Responder Training to Include Autism Awareness

First Responder Training to Include Autism Awareness https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/first-responder-training-include-autism-awareness

Disability awareness training needed Since 2014, there has been an increased national awareness regarding how police interact with the public during arrests and emergency situations. The autism community is no exception. During search and rescue missions, crime scene investigation, medical emergencies, and human services investigations, the way in which police and other first responders serve […]

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How You Can Promote Autism Awareness This April

Autism awareness month In April 1970, the Autism Society celebrated the first Autism Awareness Month. During this month, the American public is encouraged to further educate themselves on autism, how to recognize the early warning signs, and support research efforts. Events are held nationwide and range from celebrations of the diversity of people with autism […]

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The Good Doctor Changes the Way People See Autism

An Exclusive Chat About Autism with a Cast Member of The Good Doctor Tamlyn Tomita plays Allegra Aoki on ABC’s new hit show The Good Doctor, which premiered last month to 17 million people. The series follows Dr. Shaun Murphy, a surgical resident with savant syndrome and an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and his journey […]

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Autism and the Benefits of Early Intervention

Autism and the Benefits of Early Intervention https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-early-intervention-benefits

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a rising percentage of the world population is being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As of 2014, an estimated 1 percent of the world population had an ASD, with the United States estimating 1 in 68 children or 3.5 million Americans living with ASD.   […]

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