Under the current COVID-19 situation, being “homebound” can offer many challenges. This is especially true if a family member has autism. The following ideas may help to relieve some of the stress when the usual resources are not available. Keep Calm and Carry On One of the key factors of autism is anxiety. Maintaining a

in COVID-19 Coronavirus and Autism by Matthew Fisher

Teachers often take a great deal of pride in the way they decorate their classrooms. They spend their free time developing decoration ideas and collecting items to make their sensory rooms look and feel welcoming to children. But, what happens to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) when they enter brightly colored classrooms with numerous

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Autism typically causes social difficulties and repetitive behaviors, as well as intellectual disabilities, and even physical symptoms like insomnia, irritability, hyperactivity and digestive troubles. Caregivers often turn to herbal substances or alternative medications to treat these types of symptoms. In fact, about 40 percent of families who have children with autism symptoms or other developmental disorders

in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Matthew Fisher

Q&A with Matthew Fisher, MD, Medical Leader, Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program and Outpatient Psychiatry Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) commonly experience other medical conditions or comorbidities that can sometimes mask or even exacerbate symptoms of autism. At the top of the list are psychiatric conditions, neurological issues, and even gastrointestinal

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