Autism and Dissociation: Is There a Connection? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-and-dissociation/
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Autism and Dissociation: Is There a Connection?

Individuals with ASD can sometimes exhibit a trait of social withdrawal from others. This can appear to be detachment in conjunction with a strong desire for a great deal of alone time.   In contrast, dissociation is marked by a separation of one’s thoughts or personality from a particular environment. All of us experience dissociation at

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The Link Between Autism And Imagination https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-and-imagination/
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The Link Between Autism And Imagination 

Imagination is important to human development and helps individuals interact with their environment. There is an interesting relationship between autism and imagination that should not be overlooked. For parents and caregivers, understanding autistic imagination and how it may differ from their own can be beneficial. Also, understanding what imagination is and where it stems in

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Nonverbal Learning Disabilities NVLD vs Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/nvld-vs-autism/
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Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: NVLD vs Autism

Many kids struggle with everyday activities that we may find easy to do. My older son struggled to tie his shoes or do anything involving fine motor skills. This is an example of a nonverbal learning disorder. While many kids are diagnosed with these two conditions, NVLD and autism aren’t always intertwined. Autistic kids who

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Nonverbal Autism: A Definitive Guide https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/nonverbal-autism-guide/
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Nonverbal Autism: A Definitive Guide

For some autistic children, nonverbal communication is a key factor in their specific diagnosis. However, nonverbal autism can present different challenges. Understanding the uniqueness of autism can be a crucial component for the individuals, their families, and the professionals they work with. Different programs, support, and services can help the child with language development if

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How Important is Early Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorder? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/early-intervention-autism/
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How Important is Early Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Your child has been showing signs of autism, yet there’s a part of you that thinks it’s too early to intervene. You’ve read about various management strategies, but how important is early intervention in autism? Early intervention services for autistic children have been shown to have a lasting impact on their development. Although there can

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Who Can Diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorders?
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Who Can Diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Mary is wondering if her 6-year-old boy might have autism. He has trouble communicating and has repetitive behavior. Like many parents, a question at the forefront of her mind is: Who can diagnose autism? Diagnosing autism spectrum disorders is complicated; finding a reliable source can provide answers and support for the individual and their family

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What is Kanner Syndrome? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/know-more-about-kanner-syndrome/
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What is Kanner Syndrome?

When I was a teenager, there was a young boy whose family attended the same church my family did. He had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He often exhibited what was viewed as “classic” autism symptoms, at least by 1990s standards. Today, that little boy is a grown man and many would refer

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When it Comes to Down Syndrome vs Autism, What Are Some Similarities? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/similarities-between-autism-down-syndrome/
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When it Comes to Down Syndrome vs Autism, What Are Some Similarities?

Parents and caregivers of children with diagnosis of down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders, can wonder if these diagnoses can coexist, and when it comes to down syndrome vs autism what should they look for? Although these two conditions can coexist, if parents and/or caregivers have concerns, their child’s doctor has the knowledge and resources

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Signs of Undiagnosed Autism in Adults https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/undiagnosed-autism-in-adults/Signs of Undiagnosed Autism in Adults https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/undiagnosed-autism-in-adults/
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Signs of Undiagnosed Autism in Adults

As the world at large is learning more about ASD, many adults are starting to recognize the possibility they have undiagnosed autism. While ASD is often associated with childhood, many individuals go through life without a formal diagnosis, independently navigating the complexities of undiagnosed autism in adults. I’ve considered the possibility of having undiagnosed autism,

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Mild Autism in Adults: Can You Really Be “Mildly Autistic”?
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Mild Autism in Adults: Can You Really Be “Mildly Autistic”?

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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Self-Diagnosed Autism: A Valid Diagnosis? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-self-diagnosis/
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Self-Diagnosed Autism: Is It a Valid Diagnosis?

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. But is self-diagnosed autism a valid diagnosis? Self-diagnosed autism is controversial. Some in the autism community feel it’s a slippery slope to misdiagnosis, dilution of resources, and silencing of the “true”

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What is the Broad Autism Phenotype https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/broad-autism-phenotype/
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What is the Broad Autism Phenotype?

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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Autism Assessment: What Parents Should Know
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Autism Assessment: What Parents Should Know

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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A Quick and Simple Autism Symptom Checklist https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-symptom-checklist/
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A Quick and Simple Autism Symptom Checklist

Navigating and trying to figure out what should be on an autism symptom checklist can be daunting. Maybe there is a child in your life that shows signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), like repetitive behaviors, or an adult that questions whether their difficulties in social situations could mean they are autistic. Without a full

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Autism Subtypes: Understanding the Spectrum https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/understanding-autism-subtypes
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Autism Subtypes: Understanding the Spectrum

Your autistic child’s behavior may not conform to “classic” characteristics described by doctors and research. Does the spectrum have subtypes meaning autism may manifest uniquely according to differing categories? This used to be the case, until an umbrella term, autism spectrum disorders, was introduced. The spectrum nature of autism makes it difficult to diagnose; it

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How to Get My Child Tested for Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/get-child-tested-autism
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How to Get My Child Tested for Autism

Jenny sat facing the ocean and, as the waves rolled in and out, so did her anxiety. That morning, at her daughter’s Well-Child Visit, she’d heard the pediatrician’s recommendation for a formal evaluation for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but she couldn’t quite process it yet. “I don’t even know how to get my child tested

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Autism Comorbidity: Conditions Commonly Found with Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-comorbidity-conditions/
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Autism Comorbidity: Conditions Commonly Found with Autism

Figuring out what is behind the challenges you see your child facing can feel a bit like a dog chasing its tail. At least that is the way I have felt as a parent, many times. I remember one conversation with my sister. I was detailing my concerns and expressing my frustration over so many

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How Covid-19 Has Impacted the Diagnosis of Autism in Children https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/covid-19-impact-diagnosis/
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How Covid-19 Has Impacted the Diagnosis of Autism in Children

As the number of autism diagnoses increases each year, so do the fears of parents and the need to see specialists. During the past few years, not only has the COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on autism diagnoses, it has put a strain on parents getting the right treatment for their kids. The different signs

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What is the Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autistic-diagnostic-observation-schedule/
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What is the Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)?

So, the time has come to finally find out if your child is indeed autistic. Maybe you have waited for months for this appointment. Nerves may threaten to get the best of you, but you are strong. Get ready, your life is about to change, and it’s going to be a wild ride. Breathe, you’ve

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Autism Intelligence: Is ASD Connected to Intellect? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-connected-to-intellect/
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Autism Intelligence: Is ASD Connected to Intellect?

Over the past decade there has been much debate about autism intelligence and whether autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disabilities are linked. Or, if greater intelligence is present among the ASD population compared to neurotypicals. These thoughts typically stem from people noticing some children with autism show above average abilities, like reading at an

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Autism Statistics https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-statistics/
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Autism Statistics You Need To Know in 2024

When your child is diagnosed with autism, it can feel very lonely. But knowing the latest autism statistics can make you feel less isolated. You will soon realize you are part of a much bigger autism community.  The latest research in 2023 from the CDC shows that one in 36 children is now diagnosed with

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Understanding Grief: Through the Eyes of a Psychiatrist and Autism Mom
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Understanding Grief: Through the Eyes of a Psychiatrist and Autism Mom

An autism mom and child psychiatrist shares her journey through grief and accepting her son’s autism diagnosis. My name is Lorerky Ramirez-Moya. I’m 44 years old and a mom of a happy, loving, and very brave 11-year-old autistic boy. I’m also a child psychiatrist and my job includes medication management for children and adults with

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Autism Rate by State: A Comprehensive Guide https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-rate-by-state/
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Autism Rate by State: A Comprehensive Guide

With 50 states and 331.9 million people, parents often wonder what the autism rate by state is. Is it even possible to determine it? The variation in the prevalence of the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in each state can be dependent on ASD resources and knowledge available, among other factors. Join us as

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How Does Autism Evaluation Work? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/does-autism-evaluation-work/
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How Does Autism Evaluation Work?

“Can I ask you a question? Don’t get mad at me or anything ok?”, my friend Heather tentatively said to me one sunny afternoon on my back porch. “Have you ever thought that Owen may be on the autism spectrum?” The question hit me with such force, it almost took my breath away. I had

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Can an Autism Brain Scan Be Used for Diagnosis? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-brain-scan-diagnosis/
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Can an Autism Brain Scan Be Used for Diagnosis?

A future where an autism brain scan facilitates accurate, earliest possible diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders may not only be possible but probable. If only there was a quick, accurate test that could diagnose autism effortlessly, a rapid blood test or brain scan, eliminating the need for doctors to painstakingly examine a child’s developmental history,

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ASD: Not to Be Confused with Depression or Grief
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ASD: Not to Be Confused with Depression or Grief

A psychologist shares how autism symptoms can be misunderstood in undiagnosed children. Sammy was 14 years old when I first met him. He came to my office because he had been truant from school for the past three years.  About three years earlier, Sammy’s mother had died. Afterward, he simply became reclusive and refused to

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What is the Average Age of Autism Diagnosis? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-diagnosis-average-age/
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What is the Average Age of Autism Diagnosis?

There are many factors to consider when discussing the typical age of autism diagnosis because children on the autism spectrum range in age, socio-economic group, race, gender, etc. Due to these factors and others in the general population, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be reliably diagnosed as early as three to ten years

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Study Results: Scientists Identify Autism within a Year of Birth https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/scientists-identify-autism-diagnosis/
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Study Results: Scientists Identify Autism within a Year of Birth

Strides are being made in autism diagnosis as scientists in Israel report they are able to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) within the first year of a child’s life. The news comes from researchers at Bar-Ilan University, with two studies carried out by Bar-Ilan’s Mifne Center for Early Intervention in the Treatment of Autism and

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Role and Importance of an Autism Psychiatrist https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-psychiatrist-importance/
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Role and Importance of an Autism Psychiatrist

If it takes a village to raise a neurotypical child, we should be working to provide that and so much more for children with autism spectrum disorder. Among those resources needed may be an autism psychiatrist, a professional whose role encompasses way more than just diagnostics. Psychologist, psychiatrist, behavioral pediatrician, neurologist, the terms and the

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