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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Cognitive Skills in Kids With Autism May Improve With Time

    Sept 15, 2010 -- Many of the behavioral signs of autism spectrum disorder ebb and flow throughout childhood, but less was known about the trajectory of cognitive skills among these children. Now, a new study shows that patterns of cognitive skills, including being able to appreciate another person's

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  9. CDC Study Shows No Vaccine, Autism Link

    Sept. 13, 2010 -- Exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccines in infancy or in the womb is not associated with an increased risk for developing autism, according to a new study from the CDC. Children in the study who developed autism spectrum disorder (ASD) actually had less exposure to vaccines with

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  10. Parents of Autistic Kids at Risk of Divorce?

    Aug. 6, 2010 -- Parents of children with autism may be more likely to divorce when their children reach adolescence or young adulthood than parents of children without this or other developmental  disabilities, finds a new study in the August issue of the Journal of Family Psychology. Despite this i

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