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Types of Independent Living Arrangements for Adults with Autism

As more and more people with autism are identified, the number of young adults with autism looking to move out, on their own, will also increase. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person has their own unique set of needs in order to live on ...

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10 Tips for Managing Family Gatherings with Your Child with Autism

The holidays are upon us. That means getting together with family and friends. If you have a child with autism, you know how difficult family gatherings can be. Your child might be a picky eater and your relatives don’t understand that eating a can o...

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Rigid Thinking in Chidlren with Autism

Mona was helping her son, Jonas, with his math homework. She explained how to do the problem and then figured it out on paper. Jonas started crying and Mona didn’t know why. "That’s not how Miss Regan did it. I have to do it the way she showed u...

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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 ...

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The Pros and Cons of Mainstream Classrooms for Children with Autism

Mainstreaming, or inclusion, is educating children with special needs, including those with autism, in regular education classes for part or all of the school day. According to federal guidelines, children with special needs should be placed in the &...

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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...

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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...

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Vaccines and Autism...Another Flawed Study

A study published in August, 2014 once again linked vaccines to autism. However, the study was removed from public domain according to the journal, Translational Neurodegeneration, "because of serious concerns about the validity of its conclusio...

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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. ...