The Autism Medication Maze

Parents of children with autism will invariably face difficult decisions regarding their children’s best course of treatment. Among the most agonizing of these, is the decision to use prescription drugs to treat their condition. Against the backdrop of spiraling cases of autism, anti-psychotic medications, once reserved for schizophrenia and other major mental illnesses, are being [...]

Snow Day Strategies for Children with Autism

Routines and schedules are the mantra for those with autism and their families. If fact, they are so important to a child on the spectrum, any change in their daily habits can cause much anxiety or stress. A big “change” that is currently affecting a lot of families is related to the relentless winter weather. [...]

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 [...]

Top iPad Apps for Children with Autism

For families of children with autism, we know all too well the challenge of communication between us and the child. Autism affects both receptive and expressive communication skills and can often leave everyone frustrated at the inability to convey a simple request. But Apple has unwittingly revolutionized the autism world with the technology of the [...]

Coping With Sensory Overload

If you have an a child with autism, you will invariably at some point hear the term, ¨Sensory Processing Disorder¨ (SPD).  ¨The Out of Sync Child¨ by Carol Kranowitz, is one of many greats books on the subject and comprehensively addresses this condition, which can many times be debilitating for both parents and children, disrupting [...]

Sink or Swim: Avoiding an Autism-Related Drowning

The number one cause of death of individuals with autism involve incidents associated with wandering, which include exposure to the elements and drowning. Both occur frequently and a quick glance at the latest autism news headlines will reinforce these unfortunate statistics. Children with autism are typically drawn to water. Regardless of the tactile stage of [...]

Why Parents Should Publicize a Child’s Autism

I have been somewhat criticized for making myself and my child a "walking billboard" for autism. I have listened to and given much thought on this matter, keeping my child’s privacy in mind.  However, my most recent research into the difficulties presented for emergency workers, thanks largely to a number of authors who have written [...]

Autism Training Essential for School Bus Drivers

Earlier this month, we wrote about an upsetting incident involving the arrest of a girl with special needs on a school bus.  The officer in the incident, Deputy Mark Perrin, was fired as a result of his actions: One of the pressing questions that has yet to be asked in that case is, "Where was [...]

Internet Safety and Your Child With Autism

Parents are inundated with the warnings about the perils of cyberspace and the necessity of protecting their children, a task made more daunting if that child is a guileless autistic.  When my fourteen-year-old son gushed that he had met a boy on a forum that was interested in all the same things he was, right [...]

 
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  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
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