Autism Symptoms Checklist: What You Need to Know

April is Autism Awareness Month, so we thought it would be a good idea to repost our autism symptoms checklist below. Some of this information may already be well known to many, but it wasn’t for us when our son was younger. He received a delayed diagnosis, mainly due to our ignorance about autism at [...]

Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome and Autism

Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) is the term for an obsessional avoidance of the ordinary demands of everyday life. The child with PDA exhibits a level of social understanding and ability that makes them able to be manipulative in their avoidance. Coupled with a capacity for imaginative play, early appreciation was that PDA was a [...]

Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), formerly known as Sensory Integration Dysfunction, is a neurological disorder causing difficulties with taking in, processing and responding to sensory information about the environment and from within an individual’s own body. The senses include visual, auditory, tactile, Olfaction (smell), gustatory (taste), vestibular (balance and spatial orientation) and proprioception (or kinesthetics, the [...]

Autism and Hoarding

For individuals with autism, the world of interpersonal relationships can be strange and harrowing. Uncomfortable on teams, the camaraderie of sports often eludes them. A simple thing such as recess at school is fraught with peril. Because it’s difficult for them to find solace in the company of others, children on the autism spectrum often [...]

YouTube User Demonstrates What it Feels Like to Have Autism

Many parents of children with autism often wonder what their child is thinking and feeling and frequently pose the question, "I wonder what’s going on inside of that head?"  Well, thanks to a YouTube user that goes by the handle of WeirdGirlCyndi, viewers have been given the opportunity to briefly glance inside the mind of [...]

New Screening Test Helps Identify Autism in Infants

The Journal of Pediatrics has just released the results of a study that implemented a screening questionnaire for over 10,000 infants and reportedly was able to identify early signs of autism and other developmental disorders in children as young as 12-months old. The CSBS DP Infant-Toddler questionnaire, which takes only 5 minutes to complete, asks [...]

Asperger Syndrome in Girls More Common than Once Thought

Asperger’s Syndrome (or Asperger Syndrome or AS) is a form of high functioning autism, characterized by obsessive interests and a difficulty in making friends. While commonly characterized as a “mild” form of autism, it is devastating in its own right.  Starting in the 1960s, scientists theorized that boys inherited only one male X chromosome from [...]

Autism, Allergies and Gastrointestinal Disorders: A Return from the Brink

April 1st ushers in Autism Awareness Month and there is an excellent conference that kicks off in Dartmouth, Massachusetts to start the month. “When the Belly is the Beast: How Intestinal Health Impacts Brain and Behavior,” is a symposium dedicated to exploring nutritional and biomedical approaches to treating autism. In addition to speakers on gastrointestinal [...]

Conduct Disorder vs. Autism: Identifying the Differences

A persistent and pervasive problem within school systems is the conflating of conduct disorder with autism. Research has shown that while individuals with conduct disorder have problems with social interaction and the perceptions of others, their problems are considered to arise from abnormal social learning, rather than the intrinsic developmental difficulties of Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) [...]

Does James Durbin Really Have Autism?

James Durbin delivered another knockout performance tonight on American Idol, which included a rendition of Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming." His vocal range was once again impressive and other than some competition from Casey Abrams and Jacob Lusk, Durbin clearly outshined all of the other male contestants.  As Durbin continues to press forward to [...]

 
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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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