Most of us are familiar with the scientific fact that any living, breathing animal, insect etc. is made up of cells. These cells form tissues and organs that support the existence of the host. Scientists have studied the underlying mechanism of cells, as well as their functioning, and have discovered ways of using the cells

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

During my 20+ years of treating children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, I have always been asked: “How do I get my child to eat healthier foods?” The first step I take in addressing feeding concerns is to complete a full history assessment. To properly assist with the issue, we must learn what is/are the

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Sarah Appleman, MS, OTR/L

For some families at-home therapy, led by parents as primary therapists, became a necessity during lockdown. Relationship Development Intervention is a home-based, potentially effective treatment that may help parents promote dynamic intelligence, social skills and flexibility in their autistic children. Banana bread, zooming (that’s a verb now) in pajama bottoms, and doing everything from home

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

How do we think about movement? Are the differences between healthy movement patterns and deficits easy to spot? How much do individual movement skills vary? Families of children with autism spectrum disorder are often confronted with technical terms and diagnoses related to physical abilities; “low tone”,“motor planning delays”,and “trunk stability deficits”. Physical therapy can provide

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Eric Chessen, MS

The wonders of modern medicine mean more illnesses and disorders are treatable. With this comes a greater understanding of how our bodies function from the cellular level to how these manifest in the physical.  Several drugs have been developed over recent years and, through them, medicinal chemistry has improved. One treatment that has remained in

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

Parents seeking advice about herbs for children with autism may be entering a battlefield; with conventional, western medicine on one side and complementary and alternative medicine on the other… Many proponents of herbal, Chinese, complementary and alternative treatments view these remedies with an almost religious fervour. Sceptics, including many in the medical profession, roll their

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

To be completely honest I had my doubts when we introduced online services at AIMS Global.  We, just like the rest of the world, had to adapt to a “new normal” and thus created training workshops to help our current therapists transfer their amazing “in-home” support to a virtual platform. With any change, anxiety increases

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Karla Pretorius, M. Psych

Talk about transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS therapy, is raising hopes of parents who wonder if the treatment could work for their child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Parents with children on the spectrum are wary of the term “cure”. For some, it’s because they’ve been disappointed by snakeoil and false hope more than they

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

At birth new parents often wrap their crying babies up tightly; instinctively they’re using deep pressure to soothe their distressed infants. Deep touch pressure may benefit your child on the autism spectrum too—in this article we’ll take a closer look at deep pressure therapy; what it is, and how it could help your child. What

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

One mom shares her experience of Peer Coaching Circles and explains how, by joining with other parents, autism families can find great support. Everyone travels on their own path. On my journey, I have moved, overcome, and in vain left some of the pebbles behind. Each path is a path of clearing, reclaiming, and reconnection to

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by France Hutchison

Rebecca shares insight into how occupational therapy has helped support her family and her son through sensory processing disorder. I was a behavioral intervention specialist for children with autism before becoming a dedicated mother of two—and I still couldn’t get a grip on my bulldozer of a son who could demolish a room or family

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Our bodies have an intrinsic ability to sense and position themselves in space, called proprioception. A set of sensory receptors in our joints, muscles, and skin shape the proprioceptive system, responsible for building full-body awareness. There are simple tests you can do to try this out, like stretching your arms out in front of you,

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Autism Parenting Articles

This is the story of Frankie, a young boy with autism who stopped toe-walking and learned to talk after his family discovered MeRT therapy. For the first few months of Frankie’s life, his father, Frank, had no inkling that something might be different. Frankie is his first and only child, and in the glow of

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Claire Delano, BA

Parents of children with autism are likely to have heard about the concept of using a fecal transplant in hopes of reducing autism symptoms. The idea is one that has undoubtedly gained momentum and popularity in the field over the past few years. If you’re a parent wanting to learn about the fecal transplant procedure

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Autism Parenting Articles

From my sensational family to yours… What does a parent who wants his/her child to follow directions, pay attention, and perform well at school have in common with a teacher who wants his/her student to keep his/her body in his/her own space, do his/her work in a timely, neat manner, and stop disrupting the entire

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Music has a strong effect on our mind. Music can work like a bridge of communication. This makes music therapy suitable for treating the particularities of many autistic children. However, due to limited information, parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have many questions. Does music therapy simply mean singing with my autistic child?

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Martina Riepen, MA

Justin Bieber sleeps in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. He has one at home and one at his studio. No, if you are wondering, JB has never been diagnosed with autism. He says he uses the therapy to rid his body of toxins and decrease anxiety by supplying more oxygen to the brain. Consumer interest in

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What’s happening to my child? I was a behavioral intervention specialist for children with autism before becoming a dedicated mother of two—and I still couldn’t get a grip on my bulldozer of a son who could demolish a room or family gathering and leave no survivors. I’m talking wild. Not just difficult in a mischievous,

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I said it in my head… As I got back to the car, I felt destroyed. I’d carried Rory into school, he cried so bad, his body was like a real dead weight, he was like concrete, he had somehow found a way to be heavier, he is so strong but today he was even

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I grew up having nine older siblings and adore them all to this day. But from the time Isaac gave me my first swirly, Maureen tickled me to tears, and Laura manipulated me into believing frogs aren’t animals, I learned that peaceful sibling relations require work and the ability to memory-hole trauma. Fortunately, I’m now

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You’ve been through the identification process, and you have a diagnosis of autism for your child after noticing differences in behaviors and preferences; you may have been told by friends and family that your child would ‘grow out of ‘ something or that he is a late bloomer; after all, children do develop at their

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Dr. Camille Brandt

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for many and can be particularly difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With little time to prepare, they had to leave school and acclimate to distance learning, which doesn’t offer the support and structure of the classroom. Add in the boredom and frustration that can come with

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Jennifer Landau, MA, MST

When parenting children with autism, it is essential for parents and carers to understand all behavior is a form of communication. When that behaviour challenges parents and carers it is most often the environment, which includes the people within it, which triggers anxiety and the Fight or Flight response. Learning to understand your child and

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Harry Thompson

“Imagine your son was dropped in the middle of China, without a phone, a map or a grasp of the language and he was expected to find his way home by himself.  Picture that and then you have an inkling of what life is like for him every day.”. (Tsachi Manor, Clinical Psychologist) If we

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Deborah French

At first glance, simple toys may seem less “exciting” than the complex, high-tech toys children often find fascinating. All there is to do with wooden blocks is stack them, right? Wrong! Simple toys overflow with educational potential and have such an important role in development. From addressing fine motor skills to fostering imaginative play to

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Rebecca Connick, MOT, LOTR

An autism diagnosis can bring major life changes for families and there are few resources available to help as they face an onslaught of important decisions. There are no easy solutions to address feeding difficulties, sleeping issues, and behavioral concerns. The stress on family life is truly taxing and there is little respite even if

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Heather Gordon, MAds, BCBA

The treatment of lice is one of the primary reasons the insects are such an irritating pest. On their own, the creatures are itchy and annoying, and treating them is an extensive and time-consuming process. Treating them on your children is even more difficult, and if your child is sensory sensitive, it can be agonizing

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Maggie Marshall, MFA

Receiving a diagnosis of autism is overwhelming. Waves of emotions begin to flood your inner being, ranging from sadness to anger to feelings of anxiety. You begin to ask yourself questions like, “Why me?”, “What did I do wrong?”, and “What do I do next?” There is a plethora of information on the internet and

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Annette Nuñez, PhD

When you go to the doctor they always ask, “Is your child meeting milestones?” There are milestones each child should meet at different ages. The doctor will ask “Is he or she rolling over? Is he or she crawling? Is he or she talking?” The list goes on. I was the parent who always had

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Emily Ransom, MSE

A loyal companion, a friend who doesn’t require a lot of conversation, and even a gentle but insistent guardian; a dog can provide these things and more for a child, teen, or adult with autism.   According to the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, in a survey of families with dogs and one or more members

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Samantha McNesby

Your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy has been recommended. The gold standard for treating children with autism, ABA is a behavioral learning program that requires intense treatment, with up to 40 hours per week prescribed. The intensity of treatment is a proven factor that directly

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Jeffrey William Skibitsky, MA, BCBA, LBA

I am a UK-based Speech and Language Therapist experienced in working with children who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as severe speech difficulties that can be best described by childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). I have been touched and inspired by the amazing progress made during therapy and I want to, in

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Karen Massey, BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), MRCSLT

The martial arts are everywhere. You can find references to them in movies, on the covers of magazines, in TV commercials, and most likely you have one in your neighborhood strip-mall. Whether someone is looking for improved focus, expanded levels of conditioning, a newfound sense of purpose and self-confidence, or a healthy social environment to

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by David Ferwerda

Dogs are often referred to as man’s best friend. In fact, the American Pet Products Association found that in 2019, 63.4 million Americans own a dog. Countless studies support the claim that having a dog improves overall well-being, especially for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There are three areas where trained dogs can benefit

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Have you been following the recent news reporting the benefits of CBD oils for autism? While scientific studies are underway, families report CBD oils can reduce stress for people on the autism spectrum, as well as lessen aggression, self-injurious behaviors, and anxiety surrounding social interactions.Recent reports indicate CBD can aid children with co-occurring seizures. But

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Katherine G. Hobbs, AA

What is occupational therapy? The role of occupational therapy for autism is to help the child participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. (“About Occupational Therapy,” 2019) Occupational therapy takes a holistic approach to the client’s wellbeing. It addresses the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Katherine G. Hobbs, AA

What is Craniosacral Therapy? Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a non-invasive, touch-based therapy that is part of cranial osteopathy. This therapy involves applying gentle pressure on the skull, spine, and parts of the pelvis. It is used by osteopaths, chiropractors, and massage therapists to relieve pain and discomfort. Practitioners claim that craniosacral therapy can melt away

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Kim Barloso, AB

Approaches that help autism are widely varied and individualized.  Autistic symptoms are also unique to the individual, although they tend to fall into clusters or patterns. So where does it all come together? We know that all of these approaches affect the autistic’s brain, and most of the symptoms emerge from the brain as a

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Jonathan D. Cowan, PhD

What is an autism intervention? Intervention for autism involves taking action, often with outside help, to improve a specific condition or behavior. A successful intervention requires the cooperation of the child, parent, and therapist. With consistent practice and teamwork, interventions can make a difference.   There are many interventions that address the many challenges parents

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Kim Barloso, AB

In 1987, during my freshman year at Lehigh University, our first English assignment was to write a letter to an elected official advocating for a controversial issue of our choosing. I decided to write my United States congressman to express why I believed marijuana should be legalized. What was supposed to be a three to

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by David Berger, MD, FAAP