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  1. 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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  2. Treating Autism: One Child's Story

    Stories about children with autism are not always happy. But when Debbie Page tells about her son, Gabe, it's a story of hope. The Pages are lucky, in a way: Gabe, born in February 2003, is not as severely impaired as other children with autism. And the Pages, who live outside of Baltimore, are also

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  3. The Challenges of Raising a Child With Autism

    Looking back, Cori Ayala understands that the signs made sense. Before her son Evan was diagnosed with autism at age 3, he had behaved differently from his older brother, Alex. Evan was happy and affectionate, Ayala says. But "he developed pretty rigid routines that had to be adhered to or he would

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  4. Asperger's Syndrome: Secret to Success

    While autism spectrum disorder appears on many radar screens today, this wasn't the case when Temple Grandin was growing up in the 1950s. Grandin, now 60, didn't utter a word until she was 3 1/2 years old. As a result, she was labeled "autistic," and her parents were told she should be institutional

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  5. Living with Autism: "Losing My Little Boy"

    Nothing could have prepared Nicole Kalkowski for the agony of seeing her once-bubbly and affectionate son, Ryan, slowly slip away from her into the grip of autism.

  6. High Functioning Autism and Aspergers: Technical Smarts

    The Internet can be a social paradise for high-functioning autistic people and people with Asperger's syndrome. Here, the nonverbal niceties of social interaction that they find so perplexing don't apply. People who might strike others as gauche in person often fit in perfectly well on Internet mess

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  7. On the Cutting Edge of Autism Treatment

    The Joker has stolen the world's biggest diamond, and it's up to Batman and Robin to get it back. On a video monitor, hands move toy action figures through the paces of the story, as an off-camera voice speaks the dialogue. John, age 6, watches the monitor with rapt attention. He is autistic, and th

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  8. Asperger's Syndrome and Autism

    You might remember Dustin Hoffman's powerful portrayal of an adult with autism in the movie Rain Man. Even if he gave you some idea of what it's like to be autistic, you probably have never heard about the many forms autism takes -- or about Asperger's syndrome (AS), one of two main types of autism

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