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Employ Psychologists to Close the Gap in ASD Care

Although the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, there remains a shortage of teachers and other professionals available to provide individuals with ASD comprehensive services. While these shortages are experienced by educational facilities and care centers throughout the nation, a new tactic is being adopted, employing psychologists as a means...

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Analyzing the Link Between Autism and Genetics

Researchers have sought to determine an exact cause of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for decades, and while the internet is littered with reports of chemical-caused autism, these claims have been often left unfounded. However, researchers are starting to uncover how genetics relate to ASDs, and in some cases, this information can hold the key to unlocking better treatment methods in the...

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How Can Animals Help Those With Autism Transition to Adults?

Animals have been part of human civilization for generations, but the role of animals in service of those with disabilities is often forgotten. More importantly, the role of animals in helping those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) learn the skills necessary for adulthood has not been extensively studied. More than 50,000 adolescents with ASDs reach age 18 annually, but a new study,...

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How Well Do Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders Perform in Regular Schools?

When compared to their peers without an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), children with high-functioning autism have unique handwriting patterns. In academic progress, activities related to writing account for 30 to 60 percent of a student’s daily school activity. If a child with an ASD has difficulty writing, he or she becomes fatigued. This fatigue frequently leads to problems coping with the...

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Sexual Abuse and ASD: What Should Caregivers Know?

An individual with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more likely to be sexually abused than an individual without ASD.  Many times, people with an ASD learn about sex from television, the Internet or pornographic material rather than from a teacher: Doctors believe that this lack of knowledge leaves individuals with an ASD more prone to becoming a victim of sexual abuse. As such, caregivers...

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Are There Any New Developments in the Diagnosis and Treatment of ASDs?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a group of neurodevelopmental disorders that is characterized by abnormalities relating to social, behavioral, cognitive and language skills. The genetic architecture of ASD is comprised of a variety of rare mutations. These mutations includemonogenic conditions involving autistic symptoms. Furthermore, single nucleotide variants and de novo copy number...

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Can Eye Movement Dictate the Best Treatment for ASD?

The focus on sensorimotor issues in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) continues to rise: There have been several studies indicating how eye movements and eye contact tendencies can assist in determining whether a toddler has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and if he or she does, the severity of the child’s developmental disability. These findings are significant...

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The Challenges of the Autism Spectrum

Introduction to the Autism Spectrum – Challenges of Diagnosing the Disorder Where Patients Run the Gamut

 

If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism. Dr. Stephen Shore

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