Our body’s overall functioning relies on the biological processes carried in our tissues and organs; if a particular part of the brain has not developed properly due to these underpinning processes, a respective physiological dysfunction may occur. Children with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions often also have common physiological conditions that impact their daily living

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

When I think of the word “masking”, I immediately remember the 1994 film The Mask starring the one and only Jim Carrey. While the movie promises a good time and pure comedy; its synopsis actually has some parallels with the act of “masking” among people on the autism spectrum. The character behind The Mask is

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

Eating difficulties are commonly reported in children and young people with autism. In a society saturated with the ever-evolving landscape of diet culture and often conflicting professional advice, these difficulties are an understandable source of worry for parents. We, as practicing clinicians, have observed an increasing trend in young people with autism visiting eating disorder

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Sharleen Woods and Fiona Fisher Bullivant

Autism isn’t an easy condition to diagnose. There is no standard medical test, so doctors tend to look at the child’s behavior and development with behavior rating scales and confer with parents and school staff to make a diagnosis. People with high-functioning autism (HFA), previously referred to as asperger’s syndrome, have average or above average

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Crystal Gallagher

People may not commonly talk about how gender and autism are connected, but in an age where there’s such an importance on educating ourselves and becoming more aware of the issues surrounding gender identity, gender dysphoria, and mental health, it’s never been more important. This guide aims to serve as a starting point for your

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Marisa DiChiacchio shares the story of her son Connor’s Sanfilippo syndrome diagnosis in an effort to raise awareness of this serious condition, which often masks itself as autism. My son Connor had autism. Actually, he still does, but we found out something else from the doctors.  Something shocking and unexpected. I hope that sharing my

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Marisa DiChiacchio

Unregulated behaviors in children on the autism spectrum and the common reasons behind these are well documented with a wealth of strategies for parents and educators to try.  For those parenting a child with an actual or suspected dual diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) there is far less understanding

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Sandy Turner, BEd (Hons) NPQH and Danielle Donnelly

Tread carefully, but there are important gains to be had. One of the hardest decisions to make is whether to introduce pharmaceuticals into your child with autism spectrum disorder’s (ASD) life to help him/her with the myriad of symptoms and complications that can make life very difficult for your child, his/her caregivers, teachers, and your

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The subject of autism and seizures is being asked about more and more by parents of children on the spectrum. Exact figures vary from study to study, however, it is clear that the potential for epilepsy in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is high. According to UK medical researcher Frank MC Besag, around 20%

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in Autism Health and Medical Info, Autism News by Emily Elfer, BA Hons, Dip

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in a number of biological processes. There are two forms of vitamin A that can be acquired through the diet, called preformed vitamin A and provitamin A [1, 2]. Preformed vitamin A is a collective term for a group of active compounds better known

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Denise Voight, MS

Imagine there was a way to improve your child’s concentration, mental alertness, responsiveness, and peace of mind in 30-40 minutes. It might sound like a far-fetched idea for many, but the truth is swimming can do all of the above, and some studies back it up. Swimming isn’t just a workout for the body; it

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Connor Mollison

So, you have a diagnosis It breaks my heart the moment a family arrives in my clinic with the fresh news their son or daughter has recently been diagnosed with autism. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not the pitying kind; in fact, it’s the complete opposite. I feel very strongly in arming families

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Heather Gordon, MAds, BCBA

As parents of children with autism, we try to do what’s best for our kids, but it somehow feels like we’ve never done enough. We love our children and want them to be happy and healthy, but we tend to fear the future. Some people might say that our fears are unfounded. The research proves

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Dr. Theresa Lyons

My three-year-old boy (newly diagnosed with high functioning ASD) has to go for his yearly bloodwork (he has to have his liver enzymes and vitamin D monitored regularly). He’s newly terrified of doctors (inconsolable at the pediatrician), and I can’t wrap my head around how I’m going to get him to cooperate this time—he was

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Kelly Beins, BHSc, OTR/L

Parenting a child with autism can be one of the toughest, most overwhelming jobs. Your daily life revolves around your child, from dealing with meltdowns to driving to various therapies. It is important to take the time to ask yourself, “When do I have time for me?” You are human and if you do not

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Annette Nuñez, PhD

What is depression? Psychiatry.org defines depression as a medical illness that causes “feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.” People with autism, particularly teens and adults, are prone to depression. At this stage of their lives, autistic teens and adults have more social experiences. As a result, they can go

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Kim Barloso, AB

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD ) is a wide spectrum and one that can come in a whole range of severities. However, one thing that many people with ASD have is some form of anxiety, and that can be tough to deal with. Research has shown that music is able to help mental health quite substantially,

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Many children struggle with the idea of going to the dentist, but for children with autism, a trip to the dentist office can create anxiety and even panic. Here are some simple suggestions that may ease stress levels and make your dental visit a success. 1. Visual Schedules A visual schedule is a great way

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Ron Malcolm, EdD

Many children with autism have higher rates of anxiety than their peers. Specifically, nearly 40 percent of children and adolescents with autism are estimated to have clinically significant anxiety or at least one anxiety disorder (Van Steensel et al. 2011). Anxiety is experienced when errors in thinking that include exaggerating threat or danger as well

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Connie Persike, MS, CCC-SLP

What causes autism? To this day, scientists and researchers are still investigating the cause of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). After years of studies and examination, it is apparent that a single factor may not cause autism. What is clear is that autism the result of a combination of physical and environmental factors that ultimately affect

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Kim Barloso, AB

According to research, approximately 20 percent of the population will experience depression at some point in their lives—this statistic increases to almost 60 percent in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Mood disorders (including depression) do tend to be more common in those with developmental disabilities compared to the more general population. However, depression in

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Andres Fonseca, MD, MSc, MRCPsych, FRSA

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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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Matthew Fisher

Anxiety and autism disorders Approximately 40 percent of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) also have an anxiety disorder (Steensel, Bögels, & Perrin, 2011). Anxiety can exacerbate symptoms of ASD making communication and social interactions increasingly difficult. Helping a child with autism learn practical skills to manage his/her anxiety can improve quality of life

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Katherine G. Hobbs, AA

While the first clinical account of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was published more than 75 years ago by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner, the precise cause of autism is still not clear to scientists. Billions of dollars have been spent on autism research over the years in an attempt to unravel the mystery that now affects

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We have a grandchild who was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum at around 18 months.  She is now seven years old and has shown amazing improvement.  Her stimming has ceased.  She now functions in school in the appropriate grade and shows continuous improvement in social integration. For us, the diagnosis brought with it, as I’m sure

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Denis Rogers, MD

Taking a child to the dentist can be a very stressful experience for both parents and children. For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental disabilities who have difficulties with sensory stimuli, communication, and increased levels of anxiety, the stress is even greater. From the time spent in the waiting room combined with

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Aditi Srivastava, MOT, PGC

Anxiety is one of the most common issues experienced by children or young people with autism. Understanding anxiety and identifying the role it plays in behaviors associated with autism — as well as learning ways to minimize its impact — are crucial for parents and caregivers. Anxiety is a very common feeling for everyone. We

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Prof. Katrina Williams

If your child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), he/she is far more likely to have one or more additional disorders—such as anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or a mood disorder. Current estimates tell us more than 50 percent of children with ASD have significant anxiety. It’s common for high-functioning children on the spectrum to realize they

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Joshua Nadeau, PhD

You can’t change the radio channel fast enough. You’ve had a bad day, and you can’t make up your mind what you want to want to listen to. You scan the radio channels like you are looking for a needle in a haystack.  Then you hear it. That old song that takes you back to

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Maria Rohan, RN, BSN

It’s a PARTY. You hold an ice cream cone in front of a child’s face, and it creates a party in the brain. The child’s brain activity goes wild and sees nothing to the left or right, only seeing what’s in front of him/her. What some may not know is with a child with autism,

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Maria Rohan, RN, BSN

For anyone who has ever flown, the oxygen mask safety speech is a routine part of boarding.  Frequently, it falls into the background as we adjust ourselves in preparation for several cramped hours in the sky. But, that speech carries a beautiful message regarding self-care. The Oxygen Mask Rule is simple: if the cabin loses

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Chris Nealy, MSW, LCSW

On top of the “duties” of everyday life, dealing with unscheduled meltdowns, potty training issues, countless therapy sessions, and endless fighting with the school system to get the much-needed and well-deserved accommodations and services, parenting a child with autism can be VERY stressful and overwhelming. Many parents may attest to the fact that we become

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Kendra Garcia, COTA/L

As the parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), life may be filled with emotional ups and downs. Periods of calm can abruptly shift to episodes of intensely challenging behavior that disrupt family equilibrium. Likewise, deeply difficult days can soften to reveal moments of great joy. The chaos of parenting a child with

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Neill Broderick, PhD

The etiology of autism, though still a mystery, is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.  Autism is thought to develop sometime during pregnancy and the first three years of life (early-onset autism) or, as in regressive or late-onset autism, some children appear to have developed normally until 12-24 months before losing

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Sheri Marino, MA, CCC-SLP

In recent years many parents of children with autism have become interested in the use of essential oils as a natural way to manage symptoms. In this guide we discuss everything you need to know. Quick Navigation What are essential oils? What types of behaviors can potentially be reduced? What are the benefits of essential

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We all know that dental health is important, but it can present extra challenges to children with autism. Taking care of your children’s teeth is an important aspect of their overall health and can prevent more serious problems from developing later on. Most dentists advise brushing your child’s teeth from the appearance of their first

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Dr. Raj Wadhwani, BDS LDSRCS(ENG), DGDPRCS(ENG), MFDSRCS(ENG), MClinDent (Prosth), MSc (Imp)

Navigating as an autism parent can be challenging as no two children on the spectrum are alike. Raising a girl on the spectrum can be especially challenging.  Since girls account for much less of the total diagnoses, it’s much harder to find research studies or information exclusively about girls on the spectrum.  Primarily viewed as

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During my years as a physician I have had the privilege to work with many families and their autistic children. In my experience, nearly three-quarters of those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have low thyroid function.  With proper treatment, we often see significant gains in speech, language, eye contact, motor function, growth, GI function

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in Autism Health and Medical Info by Raphael Kellman, MD