The History of Autism

The word "autism" was first used in 1908 by Dr. Eugen Bleuler, a Swiss psychiatrist. It wasn’t used as a diagnosis; instead it described a set of symptoms, including self-absorbtion, seen in a subset of people with schizophrenia. It wasn’t ...
Eileen Bailey

Helping Nonverbal Children with Autism to Talk and Communicate

One of the hallmark symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is difficulty with communication. Many children with ASD have delays in speech, start speaking and then regress, or never develop speech. In the past, doctors accepted that about one-hal...
Eileen Bailey

Autism in School: Questions to Ask Your Child's Teacher

The school year is underway. If you have a child with autism, you might be wondering how he is doing in school. You want to keep up to make sure you address any problems right away. Children with autism have trouble with communication so you might no...
Eileen Bailey

Preparing Your Child with Autism for Riding on the School Bus

There are a lot of articles that talk about back-to-school for children with autism. Many of those articles (mine included) suggest you take your child for a sneak peek before school starts. Take the time to tour the school (especially if your child ...
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18 Tips for Teaching a Child with Autism to Read

Children with autism often have a difficult time learning to read. In their "black and white" world, everything makes sense. But when you learn to read you have to accept that words sound a certain way, even if it just doesn’t make sense. ...
Eileen Bailey

Regression or Missed Early Signs in Children with Autism?

In autism, regression refers to losing skills that were previously acquired. According to some research, up to 30 percent of children with autism experience some regression in language or social skills. This typically happens during the second year o...
Eileen Bailey

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