Autism

Many children with autism take multiple drugs

Children with autism often have an array of challenging symptoms — irritability, anxiety, sadness, aggression and inattention — and thefew behavioral therapies that may improve these symptoms are time-intensive, expensive and sometimes inaccessible.It’s no surprise then, that many doctors and families turn to medications to alleviate symptoms — for example, antidepressants to relieve sadness,...

New Version of an Old Drug Could Treat Autism (and Addiction Too)

One night in 2006, Kathy Roberts rushed her autistic daughter, Jenny, to the hospital. Nothing had been able to stop the young woman, then in her mid-20s, from vomiting. Jenny had recently suffered several major seizures and her entire gastrointestinal system was going haywire.To try to calm Jenny’s GI tract, doctors at Massachusetts General...

6 people share the hardest part of autism

In response, countless members of our community shared their perspectives on what they believe to be the hardest parts about autism. We wanted to share their stories with you, along with resources for our community. This is what they had to say… A parent writes, Did you know? Autism Speaks has compiled a page of tools and resources specifically for those...

My son with autism started texting and it’s brilliant – Term Life

My 13-year-old son Tate has autism. He also has 3 brothers and 3 sisters and an iPad with a texting app. Tate loves to text.Often we can hear clearly in the texts things he could not communicate orally. When conversing orally with Tate, there are delays while he processes and tries to catch up....

4 Things you may not know about autism and diets

How much do you know about autism and diets? Advertisement Researchers continue to investigate the cause of autism and search for treatment options. However, there are still aspects of this condition that remain unsolved and continue to create dilemmas. There are studies based on genetic databases that hope to uncover some of the mysteries of autism....

20 Things I’ve Learned Since My Son Was Diagnosed with Autism

Just when I think I can’t do another day, my son does something amazing and changes my entire POV. Autism. I never thought it was possible, but somehow, rather than fighting it, I have learned to welcome it. I have learned to know it. And I have even learned to embrace it. Here are 20 things I’ve...

My Autistic Son’s Lesson: No One Is Broken:Term Life

My youngest son, Sawyer, used to spend far more time relating to his imagination than he did to the world around him. He would run back and forth humming, flapping his hands and thumping on his chest. By the time he was in first grade, attempts to draw him out of his pretend world...

9 Things I Wish I’d Known During Our Autism Diagnosis Process-Health Insurance

I remember back to the time that I first told my Hail’s pediatrician we would like to have our boy tested for autism. We’d noticed a lot of odd behavior — he would line everything up when he played, he had sensitivity issues and would gag on foods, would yank on his hair until...

Government Will Require Handling Autism To Be a Part of Teacher’s Core Training

Celebrity Kim Raver reads about autism to children. Many autism advocates are happy with the new core training for teachers that includes handling students with autism. (Photo : Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) Teachers will now be trained how to support their students diagnosed with autism. This is the fruit of the efforts made by campaigning for...

Brain Tissue Study Deepens Autism–Schizophrenia Link-Term Life | Med Log

Gene expression patterns point to new autism candidate genes that could also play roles in schizophrenia and bipolar disorderBrains from people with autism show patterns of gene expression similar to those from people with schizophrenia, according to a new analysis. The findings, published May 24 in Translational Psychiatry, deepen the connections between the two conditions, says...

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