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  1. MRI Scans May Help Test for Autism

    Dec. 2, 2010 -- Researchers may be getting closer to developing a test to diagnose autism spectrum disorder using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Autism is typically diagnosed through observations, along with educational and psychological testing. The new test, named the Lange-Lainhart test

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  2. Cell Irregularity Linked to Autism in Kids

    Nov. 30, 2010 -- New research linking impaired mitochondrial function to autism appears to support the notion that the cellular irregularity plays a role in the disorder in at least a subset of patients. Known as the power plant of the cell, mitochondria are critical for converting nutrients into en

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  3. Put Sleep Difficulties to Bed: Advice for Parents of Children with Autism

    All parents intermittently deal with children who have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. These temporary sleep difficulties are normal. However, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) appear to have more ongoing sleep-related difficulties. The number of families affected varies from

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  4. Safety First For Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    All parents worry about their children’s health, happiness, and general well-being, but parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities must often make extraordinary efforts to ensure that their sons and daughters are safe both inside and outside the hom

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  5. Considering Homeschooling Your Child on the Autism Spectrum?

    With the increase in the numbers of diagnosed children on the autism spectrum, schools are being challenged to provide proper educational services for these children. In Educating Children with Autism, the National Research Council (2002) recommended that educational programs for students with autis

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  6. Developmental Planning: An Introduction for Parents

    There is so much to learn and carefully consider during the first years of having an exceptional child. The amount of information to digest and decisions to be made are often overwhelming. What parents need is a map that helps them put it all together. Having a big picture or general framework to he

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  7. Handwriting Problems Hard to Outgrow With Autism

    Nov. 16, 2010 -- Handwriting problems may be hard for children with autism to outgrow. A new study shows the handwriting problems that often affect children with autism are likely to persist into adolescence, but there may be strategies to help them compensate. Researchers found that teenagers with

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  8. This Exit, No Return

    Advocacy begins with an assumption that if a number of community members are suffering, then there must be something wrong, not with the individual members, but with the community as a whole; therefore, the community must be changed to help alleviate that suffering (Kahn 1997, 109). Advocacy creates

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  9. Parenting Adolescents with Autism

    Adolescents on the autism spectrum have unique challenges that are often hard for their parents, teachers, and peers to understand. While adolescence is a difficult time for most people, it is especially tough for teens who struggle to understand ever-changing social expectations. We all remember th

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  10. Jaundice in Newborns May Be Linked to Autism

    Oct. 11, 2010 -- As many as 60% of full-term newborns and 80% of babies born prematurely develop jaundice in their first few days of life. Now new research suggests the condition may be linked to a higher risk for autism. Babies with jaundice develop yellowish skin due to excess of the chemical bili

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