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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 2 marks the 11th annual World Autism Awareness Day – a day to recognize people living with autism.
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.
Supplementing with omega-3 and -6 fatty acids impacts language development in preterm toddlers at risk for developing 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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