Autism

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...

Signs Your Child Could Have Autism

The CDC says that one in 88 children has autism. Could your child be one of them? With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that one in every 88 children has autism—up from one in 156 in 2002—you might be wondering how to recognize the signs and symptoms of the developmental disorder. While...

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...

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...

Some Iowa families don’t have insurance for autism treatment

Health insurance is something many families rely on to keep their children healthy. Some eastern Iowa parents who have children with autism are not able to depend on insurance. According to Autism Speaks, there are many Iowa families who have children with autism that do not have private insurance coverage. A bill to change this passed in...

7 tips for disciplining children with autism

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An experimental autism treatment changed my life

ZAP your brain? You must be crazy! That’s a common reaction when people hear that I volunteered for a series of neuroscience experiments in which scientists used high power electromagnetic fields to induce tiny electrical currents in the circuits of my brain, in an effort to help me see emotional cues in other people. It wasn’t...

15 Things I Know Being The Parent Of A Child With Autism:Term Life

I’m the parent of a child with autism, and I’m aware that autism, like most permanent medical conditions, is life-changing. So far, hearing the words “your son has autism” was the single worst moment of my life (and there have been some bad ones). When we received our diagnosis, I didn’t know where to...

Fears and Phobias in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)-Term Life

Fears and Phobias in ASD Anxiety Disorders are a frequent co-occurring (comorbid) problem for children and youth with ASD. Although prevalence rates vary from 11% to 84%, most studies indicate that approximately one-half of children with ASD meet criteria for at least one anxiety disorder. Of all types of anxiety disorders, specific phobia is the most...

Breakthrough Discovery on the Causes of Autism

IMAGINE BEING THE PARENT of a young child who is not acting normally and being told by your doctor that your child has autism, that there is no known cause, and there is no known treatment except, perhaps, some behavioral therapy. That is exactly what Jackson’s parents were told as their 22-month old son...

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