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Heat Intolerance and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Back during the cold, winter months, I talked about things parents can do when their child on the autism spectrum doesn’t want to wear a coat. This might be caused to the body’s inability to regulate temperature or a sensitivity issue. Some children ...

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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...

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Comparing Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Communication Disorder

In a previous post, we explained the new diagnosis of social communication disorder (SCD). This week, we will look at the differences between this new diagnosis and autism. Differences in Diagnostic Criteria Social communication disorder, as describe...

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Social Communication Disorder

When the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) came out in 2013, Asperger’s syndrome was no longer included. Instead, the umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) was included. According to Autism Speaks, a national advocacy grou...

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Vacation Destinations for Families Dealing with Autism

As any parent of a child with autism knows, going on vacation isn’t always a vacation. It means disrupting schedules and focusing on the needs of your child. Many times, countless hours are spent before the vacation begins, making plans and researchi...

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Decorating a Teen's Room: Introducing Changes to Teens with Autism

Children and teens on the ASD spectrum often find change difficult. They thrive on routine, structure and their environment staying the same. Some changes, such as a move to a different city, divorce or the death of a loved one are significant change...

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8 Tips for Helping Teens with Autism Manage Anger and Frustration

Anger is an emotion, we all feel it from time to time. It can develop slowly, the feelings of disappointment or frustration that continue to build up over time until they simmer over or it can come on quickly, frequently because your child is overwhe...

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Recognizing Autism in Teens

Most children with autism are diagnosed somewhere between 3 and 5 years old, however, those who are higher functioning and did not have speech delays when younger, may not be diagnosed until much older, sometimes in their teen years when social inter...

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10 Things Parents of Children with Autism Want You to Know

Approximately 1 in every 88 children are on the autism spectrum. That means you probably know someone who has a child with autism. Maybe one of your child’s classmates has autism, or a neighbor down the street. Maybe your cousin’s child has autism or ...

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Autism Can Look Different in Girls

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is diagnosed four times more often in boys than in girls with some studies putting this number much higher - maybe 10 or 15 times more common in males than females. Researchers aren’t sure if this is because males simp...