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  1. Raising a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome: Mary Walsh’s Story

    I began noticing something was different about my son, Matthew, when he was about two years old. He didn’t make good eye contact. Noise bothered him. He had trouble with some of his motor skills, such as using a spoon. He was also having a tough time at day care. He’d cry when I dropped him off. He

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  2. Autism in the Classroom

    When your child has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), for example Asperger's syndrome, school can be difficult. Autism in the classroom is something that’s hard for teachers, parents, and the child with the ASD to deal with. “My school just doesn’t get it,” one parent who didn’t want to be identifi

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  3. I'm on a Mission to Get My Son Better — and Help Others

    By Nancy Rones As Ryan faces new and frightening setbacks in his struggle with autism, his parents search for answers and find both purpose and peace in their new life. For the past several months, REDBOOK has followed the Kalkowski family as it grapples with the challenges of battling 3-year-old Ry

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  4. "We Need to Pull Ryan into This World"

    By Nancy Rones Every inch of progress that Ryan Kalkowski makes in his battle against autism gives his parents new hope — and new determination. In this month’s installment, we look at how far this little boy has come, how far he still has to go, and what his family is willing to sacrifice to get th

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  5. Autism and Family Relationships

    Alison Singer's days became a blur eight years ago when her daughter Jodie, now nearly 11, was diagnosed with autism. Singer left the workforce temporarily and focused on her daughter. "I set up the home program -- 40 hours a week of applied behavioral analysis therapy," says Singer, referring to a

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  6. FAQ: Vaccine Court Hears Autism Cases

    May 14, 2008 -- Contrary to media reports, a U.S. court has not yet issued any decisions on whether vaccines cause autism. It's an important issue: About 5,000 cases remain in limbo -- at the parents' request -- as the so-called Omnibus Autism Proceeding grinds on. This week, public hearings in the

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  7. What Autism Does to a Mother

    By Nancy Rones Nicole Kalkowski knows that beyond the stress, fear, and family turmoil that come with learning that your child has this devastating disorder, there is also a devastating aloneness. In our second installment of Living With Autism, we follow this mother of three as she struggles to sav

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  8. Autism-Vaccine Link: Evidence Doesn't Dispel Doubts

    Autism and vaccines: It's the link that just won't die. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC, the World Health Organization, and the Institute of Medicine all agree that there's probably no relationship between autism and vaccines. But if the case is that solid, why do so many people remain u

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  9. Autism Cases on the Rise; Reason for Increase a Mystery

    The number of children diagnosed with autism or related disorders has grown at what many call an alarming rate. In the 1970s and 1980s, about one out of every 2,000 children had autism. Today, the CDC estimates that one in 150 8-year-olds in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. This exp

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  10. Autism: Making the Diagnosis

    Diagnosing autism or autism spectrum disorders (ASD), a group of brain-based disorders that become apparent in early childhood, is often no simple task for a number of reasons. No specific medical tests are available to diagnose ASD, so the diagnosis is made based on the observations of parents, phy

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