The US Patent Office has approved a patent submitted by Arizona State University (ASU) for the use of Microbiota Transplant Therapy (MTT) for treating autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms. The news marks a big step forward in the realm of autism treatments but does not yet mean that MTT is US Food and Drug Administration

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Autism researchers have found nutraceuticals (nutritional supplements) have more positive benefits than pharmaceuticals on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms, with lower adverse effects. Professor James B. Adams, PhD of Arizona State University, conducted and analyzed a survey alongside Anisha Bhargava of Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Devon M. Coleman, of Arizona State University, Richard

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

The work we do at Autism Parenting Magazine (APM) to support families all over the world simply wouldn’t be possible without the help and dedication of our valued contributors. Every year, we’re privileged to have many autism experts offering their time and services to the magazine as writers and, in 2021, for the first time,

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in Autism News by Emily Ansell Elfer, BA Hons, Dip

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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A groundbreaking biomarker discovery from scientists at Northwestern University could lead to new treatment for children with autism and epilepsy. Researchers have identified a biomarker for autism within patients’ cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This biomarker helps establish a link between autism and epilepsy, conditions which often co-occur, and could be used in future treatment methods.  Epilepsy

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One in 44 (2.3%) eight-year-old children in the USA have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to an analysis of 2018 data newly published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summaries. This figure is higher than the previous estimate published in March 2020, which found a prevalence of 1 in 54 (1.9%) eight-year-old

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Strides are being taken in autism terminology as the term “profound autism” has been officially recognized by The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) for the first time. The new Lancet Commission report has formally recognized the need for, and endorsed the use of, the term “profound autism” for the first time in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

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Exclusive data from Autism Parenting Magazine reveals close to 6% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have some form of gender dysphoria. Are people on the autism spectrum more likely to have gender identity confusion? This question is being posed more and more as gender dysphoria sees increased coverage in the media and people

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

A parent-led therapy for babies displaying early signs of autism has significantly reduced the likelihood of a diagnosis in early childhood, according to research by CliniKids at the Telethon Kids Institute. An international research team led by Professor Andrew Whitehouse at the University of Western Australia found that a clinician diagnosis of autism at age

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Following the great success of the inaugural Autism Parenting Summit in April, Autism Parenting Magazine has announced that the virtual event will return for three full days in September. Doctors, therapists, educators, parents, and people on the spectrum will again cover the topics that matter most to autism families in this FREE virtual event taking

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in Autism News by Emily Ansell Elfer, BA Hons, Dip

Dive into the story of Tal Anderson—an autistic woman who did not let her ASD diagnosis stop her from making her dream of acting a reality. Tal Anderson made her debut as Sid on Netflix’s hit show Atypical in 2019, a comedy-drama series about a teenager’s life with asperger’s. This was a perfect role for

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in Autism News by Sandison, MDiv

Did you know people on the autism spectrum are much more likely to identify as LGBTQ? Research conducted by the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge in the UK has revealed that autstic individuals are three to nine times more likely to be “homosexual”, “asexual” or “other.”  The above responses were given in

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in Autism News by Emily Ansell Elfer, BA Hons, Dip

The free Autism Parenting Summit is scheduled for 20th and 21st April 2021. Parents can book a spot by visiting the official website. Autism Parenting Magazine is hosting a free, virtual Autism Parenting Summit which will play host to some of the world’s leading autism experts.  Doctors, therapists, educators, parents, and people on the spectrum

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in Autism News by Emily Ansell Elfer, BA Hons, Dip

Emma Mander from Great Minds Together discusses the UK’s ground-breaking NHS Autism Peer Education Programme. Autistic people are statistically more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population, with a worrying 80% of autistic adults expected to endure mental health issues during their lives, a figure that isn’t helped by the lack of

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in Autism News by Emma Mander

2020 has not been an easy year for anyone, with the COVID-19 virus affecting people’s lives and lockdowns restricting daily living. For the autism community, it’s been particularly challenging as families were forced to abandon their usual routines and ASD children found themselves living in an unfamiliar world. At Autism Parenting Magazine, we take the

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in Autism News by Emily Ansell Elfer, BA Hons, Dip

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 Ansell Elfer, BA Hons, Dip

Autism Parenting Magazine was saddened to hear of the tragic deaths of autism advocate Feda Almaliti and her teenage son, Muhammed. Feda served as Director of Outreach for the Mental Health & Autism Insurance Project and was a founding member and Vice President of the National Council on Severe Autism in the U.S. Fifteen-year-old Muhammed

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in Autism News by Emily Ansell Elfer, BA Hons, Dip

If you broke your leg and needed an orthopedic specialist, would you settle for an appointment with a heart surgeon? A revered specialist in his/her own right, a heart surgeon would likely not provide the proper diagnosis or treatment for your leg to heal properly. To get the best care possible, an assessment and treatment

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in Autism News by Mike Rowley, MSW

It’s a new year, and the possibilities are infinite! While we’re energized about the future, we also want to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to our supportive autism community over the past year. Honestly, everyone deserves applause. As we look back on 2019, we are inspired by the exceptional group that has

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in Autism News by Amy Tobik, BA

While the term autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been used by scientists and doctors for decades, we don’t have all the facts surrounding this developmental disability. Finding the advice and support autism families need can be challenging as there is a lot of inconsistent information and technical progress can be slow. Debunking misconceptions about autism

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in Autism News by Kim Barloso, AB

Research is very important for parents to understand—unfortunately, it isn’t something that a lot of families have time for or can easily access. It may seem that research exists in an ivory tower. I want to inspire you to embrace research. It helps inform the practitioners and teachers that work with your loved one on

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in Autism News by Josephine Blagrave

My 14-year-old son, JP, has autism. As I’m sure you can understand, while this wasn’t something I signed up for, I do believe God chose me and my husband, Perry, to be JP’s parents. Being JP’s mom has been an unexpected and wonderful experience. Through JP, I have become a member of the special needs community.

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in Autism News by Pam Mines

As a parent, university faculty member and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) researcher, I have been to many conferences that focus on those impacted by ASD. When I think of my favorite and most informative, The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), formally International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) is always at the top of my

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in Autism News by Josephine Blagrave

As a society, we have come a very long way to embrace children with autism in the educational system. Still, we have not made good educated progress to integrate adults across the autism spectrum to the workforce. As a society, we must break down the barriers and create new paths to employment. “In the United

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in Autism News by Johana Bonanno

Inclusion, or placing different ability levels together in the classrooms, has been a proven practice in education for years. Research has shown that this mixture has been good for everyone, including those with and without disabilities. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that 13 percent of public school students in the U.S. have a documented disability. Autism,

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in Autism News by Jane Finn, EdD

The past 30 years have brought greater support and understanding for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with new interventions helping bridge some of the most challenging social challenges. We now know social skills can be taught through a diverse array of approaches, from group interventions and social stories to response training and problem-solving. Most

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in Autism News by Marc Tasse, PhD

Education, social care, and health services need to become more aware of the important role that fathers play in the lives of children with autism, alongside mothers, according to research by Leeds Beckett University. The new research is one of the largest studies to have been undertaken with fathers with autism so far. It was

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Children with autism often have sensory issues. They may be sensory seeking, or they may be sensory avoiding or even a little of both. For a child who is living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), some textures can be very irritating. Sounds, crowds, lights or smells can upset them. Many sensory approaches already aim to

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in Autism News by Claudie Pomares

The National Inclusion Project has created a model that builds inclusive friendships for all children, called the Science of Friendship Method.  The Science of Friendship Method is a step-by-step guide, which helps adults help children of all abilities make connections and build friendships. The desire to connect with others is a basic human one, but

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Significant overall improvements often occur in those with autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by medically treating their coexisting inner-ear/cerebellar-determined (dyslexia or learning disabilities (LD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety related) symptoms with inner-ear-improving medications. Despite significant scientific advances, we currently do not know the primary cause(s) and cure of autism. Thus a

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in Autism News by Harold Levinson, MD

After working on the causes of autism for almost 25 years, one of the most fascinating and puzzling aspects has been the marked increase in autism that has been noted over the last 30 years. To qualify as a cause of autism, the factor needs to be something that did not exist at the beginning

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in Autism News by William Shaw, PhD

PinPoint Technologies, Inc. is a smartwatch start-up based out of Detroit, Michigan, that has made it a goal to help the autism community. It was founded by its chief operating officer, Quincy Hyatt, a Detroit native. Quincy, who has a sister with special needs, knows all too well what families affected by autism experience every

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in Autism News by Clifford Waddell III, BSEntrep

According to a recent study, more than five percent of sperm cell mutations scientists believed to have appeared in a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) could, in fact, be inherited. Such mutations were seen in a subset of a father’s sperm cells, according to an unpublished study conducted by the University of California, San

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in Autism News by Amy Tobik, BA

A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry disclosed that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have refractory insomnia will benefit from prolonged release melatonin (PEDPRM). The trial conducted was random, placebo-controlled, and double-blind. Profiles of participants There were 125 participants in the trial aged 2 to

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in Autism News by Ava Wadaby

With great advancements in the medical field and surgery, an impressive 90 percent of infants born with a congenital heart condition are able to survive until adulthood. The majority of these infants, however, often suffer from health problems including heart arrhythmia, neurodevelopmental deficiencies, autism, and respiratory issues. According to Martina Brueckner, genetics and pediatrics professor

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in Autism News by Ava Wadaby

As part of a special brain-tissue study, a group of researchers from Columbia University Medical Center made an extraordinary discovery when they examined the brain tissues of children with autism. According to researchers, the study revealed that the brains of the children studied had an excess of synapses, the structure that permits a neuron to pass an

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In the center of the huge frenzy the miracle gadget fidget spinner stirred, experts recently revealed that the spinner is nothing more than a regular toy. Fidget spinners have been marketed as easy to carry anxiety-busting gadgets that can aid children and adults with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and any type of anxiety disorder.

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A study done by Stanford University of Medicine on the use of oxytocin as treatment for children with autism revealed that children with low baseline oxytocin levels exhibited improved social behaviors. The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was the first one conducted on how oxytocin baseline levels

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Repetitive behavior? It’s all relative. And new research from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, illustrates that the repetitive behavior exhibited by parents themselves may hold the secret to determining what might be typical behavior for a developing child and what might be an early indicator of future developmental struggles. David Evans, professor of psychology at

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in Autism News by Theresa Hoffmann

Over the years, lack of eye contact from a person diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been mistaken as an indication of lack of empathy or connection with others. This theory began in the 1980s when psychologists Simon Baron-Cohen and Uta Frith indicated that people diagnosed with autism were not capable of using the

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