Autism, Divorce and Putting Children First

Recently, a study was conducted by Brian Freedman of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, dispelling the popular notion that the divorce rate among autism families was near 80%. The study found that despite high stress among families facing autism, 64 percent of children with an autism spectrum [...]

Fighting the Wrong Autism Battles Can Prove Costly

The US Supreme Court’s decision earlier this week protecting vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits highlights an even larger problem for many children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.  Well-intended parents are out campaigning and spending precious time, money and resources, all while home therapies needed to treat their child’s autism are being neglected. However meaningful [...]

Autism and IEPs: When Knowledge is Power

It’s that time of year again when parents will meet with their school districts and write their Individualized Education Programs or IEPs. These are mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and outline the individual educational needs for each child with special needs. My close friend, who has her Masters in Education once [...]

The Silver Lining of an Autism Diagnosis

Despite greater awareness and a better understanding of the disorder, autism rates continue to climb at an alarming rate, with more parents than ever before receiving the devastating news of an autism diagnosis. However, while the maze of a loved one’s diagnosis can be quite overwhelming, there is some potentially great news. As the first [...]

Mayo Clinic Weighs in on Restrictive Diets for Autism

Recently, on a Q&A portion of its website, the Mayo Clinic weighed in on the gluten free, casein free (GFCF) diet for autism. Dr. Jay Hoecker, emeritus consultant for the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, stated that there was "no evidence that special diets are an effective autism treatment" and that "restrictive diets can [...]

Flu Season Precautions for Children with Autism

Winter has been particularly harsh this year and in some areas, weather conditions have made the flu season difficult to contend with as Influenza cases are continuing to spread rapidly. The University of Wyoming reports widespread cases throughout the state and the school’s Student Health Services has been treating several patients per day with flu-like [...]

Temple Grandin: Changing the Face of Autism

Temple Grandin was thrust into the national spotlight nearly one year ago year after the release of HBO’s critically acclaimed movie, Temple Grandin. She then became a near-household name last month after Claire Danes, who portrayed her in the film, took home a Golden Globe award for her performance. However, few are aware that prior [...]

Embracing the Label of Autism

With the autism rate now "officially" at 1 in 110 (the unofficial rate is much higher), many find it surprising that so many around us are affected. Autism is a "spectrum disorder," meaning there are varying degrees and severity to the condition, with a number of cases going undetected. Awareness and screening have greatly improved [...]

When it Comes to Autism, All States are Not Created Equal

Despite the recent proposals by various states to pass or introduce autism insurance reform, the reality is that most states in the country are still extremely deficient when it comes to providing autism-related funding and services. The lawmakers have realized the error of their ways and are now grandstanding before the media (and everybody else) [...]

VTech V.Smile a Great Resource for Children with Autism

It was this past August on my son’s fourth birthday when I hooked up his VTech V.Smile game for the first time. In the pattern of how I have been teaching him new things, his older brother and I took turns playing while he eagerly watched on. After finally getting his chance, his first experience [...]

 
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Did You Know?

  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
  • * Autism now affects 1 out of 88 children
  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
  • * 1.7 million Americans have some form of autism
  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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