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  1. Actor Gary Cole Spotlights Autism

    When my daughter Mary was diagnosed with autism in 1995,” says actor Gary Cole, “all I had to go on was Rain  Man.” Today, an estimated one in 150 American children under age 8 are diagnosed with autism or related conditions such as Asperger’s syndrome -- all with symptoms such as an inability to re

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  2. 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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  3. How to Help Your Aging Parents Without Going Broke

    By Kate Ashford From making their daily life easier to affording in-home care, here's the (money) wise guide you need   When Sue Dietz noticed her mother's dementia worsening, she began spending every day at her parents' house near Pittsburgh — making sure her mom was eating properly and taking medi

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  4. 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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  5. Sharing a Diagnosis: When You and Your Child Have ADHD

    Your son or daughter was just diagnosed with ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. And as you sat there in the office, listening to the doctor tick off the symptoms – the attention problems, the disorganization, the fidgeting – you recognized yourself. Suddenly, you wonder: Could I have

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  6. Adult ADHD Therapy: Finding the Right Therapist

    For adults with ADHD, the standard treatment is medication. But experts say that ADHD therapy -- and other psychosocial treatments -- can play a key role alongside drugs. “I think for many adults with ADHD, therapy is essential,” says David W. Goodman MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Joh

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  7. 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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  8. Getting ADHD Kids Back to School

    For Trish White, 32, and her kids, Joshua, 11, and Elissa, 7, the end of summer means more than just heading back to school. It means getting reacquainted with more structure and routine, adjusting to the demands of homework, and the rigidity of an eight-hour school day -- not to mention the social

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  9. Angela Lansbury Investigates Lou Gehrig’s Disease

    A gun is fired from somewhere off-screen directly at actor Angela Lansbury, who sits calmly, speaking into the camera. As the slow-motion bullet travels straight toward her, she explains this is how amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, attacks your body. “You

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  10. What to Expect With Primary Progressive MS

    For Mimi Mosher, a person with primary progressive MS, clarity first came when she lost her vision. Her eyesight steadily eroded by multiple sclerosis, Mimi now lived in a near-constant dusk. The realization came at a scary time. “I was driving. I thought, I can’t do this anymore. I had to pull off

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