What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

The term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a complex neurodevelopmental disorder. Its impact varies for each individual, but primarily, it hinders a child’s ability to communicate and interact socially with others, sometimes severely. It also impacts the way the child thinks and behaves. It can cause them to play, behave and think in repetitive ways.

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Autism Diagnosis: A Parent's Perspective

Today is World Autism Day. Today, and every day, my world is autism. The first time a doctor mentioned autism to me I was shocked. Sure, my two year old had been born premature, undergone heart surgery, failed his hearing tests and didn't speak.

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Autism and Alternative Treatments: Are They Effective?

Alternative treatments are characterized by using non-mainstreamed practice in the place of conventional and proven treatments. Alternative treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder generally target the physiology or biology of the child, versus teaching new skills directly.

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Autism and Sleep: Setting up Routines for Bedtime Success

Everyone needs sleep, but getting enough sleep can be hard. Sleep problems are especially common in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Here are ideas that may be helpful for improving sleep in children with ASD.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Difference Between Boys and Girls

This is a ratio of 1 female for every 4 males diagnosed with autism. As more is known about autism, there is a growing awareness that these gender and sex differences may be more complex than we originally thought.

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Autism Awareness Day: A Time for Acceptance and Action

April 2 marks the 11th annual World Autism Awareness Day – a day to recognize people living with autism.

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Should Hormone Therapy be Considered for Inappropriate Sexual Behavior in Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Families worry when children with autism spectrum disorder display inappropriate sexual behaviors, but specialists say hormonal suppression should not be the first-line approach.

Could Nutritional Supplements Impact Autism Symptoms in Toddlers Born Preterm

Could Nutritional Supplements Impact Autism Symptoms in Toddlers Born Preterm?

Supplementing with omega-3 and -6 fatty acids impacts language development in preterm toddlers at risk for developing autism.

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What Is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder, or more commonly referred to as Autism, is a neurological disability that causes problems with social communication and restricted interests or patterns of behavior.

Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month, and April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. These designations are less than ten years old but have already received widespread attention, in no small part to the rapidly increasing prevalence of autism spectrum disorders over the past two decades.

Patient Stories

Jackson

Jackson

Wearing headphones that dwarf his small ears, Jackson sat transfixed on the Disney cartoon playing on his iPad while his parents talked about his attraction to electronics and his tendency to watch air conditioners, fans, washing machines — anything that moves.

Sawyer

Sawyer

At a little over age 2, Sawyer was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is 7 now and works with an aide in his home several hours a week after school.

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Maliyah

Autism Spectrum Disorder is the fast-growing developmental disorder in the United States, and it affects every family uniquely. With comprehensive treatment, children like Maliyah have the potential to thrive.

Hunter M

Meet Hunter

Hunter was born premature at 28 weeks on September 4, 2011 at 12:27 a.m. due to pregnancy complications. At the time of his birth Hunter weighed 2lbs 6 oz. and he was given a 50% chance of surviving.

Izzy F

Meet Izzy

At 16 weeks, Izzy’s birth mother had an amniocentesis prenatal test, which is a test used to determine if a baby has a chromosomal abnormality. The test results came back. Izzy would be born with Down syndrome.

Marissa W

Meet Marissa

When you meet Marissa, it is hard to believe that this beautiful young lady could have a problem in the world. But the truth is that she knows what it is like to struggle.

What is Asperger's Syndrome?

Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, is a developmental disorder. Young people with Asperger’s Syndrome have a difficult time relating to others socially and their behavior and thinking patterns can be rigid and repetitive.

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Asperger's Disorder: Providing Opportunities and Support for Children With ASD

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects a child’s ability to understand and engage in social relationships and causes them to have rigid patterns of behavior and thinking. Sometimes autism also affects a child’s cognitive and language development.