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Regression in Autism: What We Know

Posted by National Autism Network , in Autism Awareness, Research and Autism 17 March 2016 · 1,334 views
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Regression in Autism: What We Know New evidence has revealed a “near universal” truth about an aspect of autism that has traditionally been a highly debated topic in the field. We are referring to the presence of regression, or a loss of skills, in autism. There are anecdotal reports from parents about children who seemingly develop typically for the first years of life only to quickly she...


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A Step in the Wrong Direction: The USPSTF's Recommendation Against Universal Autism Screening

Posted by National Autism Network , in Legislation and Healthcare, Autism Treatments 01 March 2016 · 1,021 views
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A Step in the Wrong Direction: The USPSTF's Recommendation Against Universal Autism Screening Around 6 months ago, a draft of a U.S. task force’s recommendation sent a major ripple through the autism community as it announced it would withhold support for universal routine autism screening. Despite negative comments from researchers, scientists, and public health advocates, the task force remained consistent in their findings, announcing the affir...


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A Glimpse into Autism Around the World

Posted by National Autism Network , in Autism Awareness 16 February 2016 · 1,427 views

A Glimpse into Autism Around the World Every April 2, from the Great Pyramid of Giza to the tallest building on the planet, the world’s most famous constructs are splashed with a glowing hue of blue in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day through the “Light It Up Blue” campaign. The campaign is designed to raise awareness and acceptance of autism around the globe. Autism is a global disor...


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How My Sibling on the Spectrum Inspired Me to do Something Great

Posted by National Autism Network , in Human Interest, Autism Awareness 11 January 2016 · 1,155 views
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How My Sibling on the Spectrum Inspired Me to do Something Great Siblings share a special bond that is hard to put into words. They grow up learning from and watching out for one another, strengthening this bond over time. The latter is especially true when discussing siblings of individuals who are on the autism spectrum. With any new addition to the family, some children resent the fact that they are going to have to...


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Understanding Self-Injurious Behavior in Children with Autism

Posted by National Autism Network , in Strategies for Parents 02 December 2015 · 2,034 views
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Understanding Self-Injurious Behavior in Children with Autism Among the bleakest aspects of autism spectrum disorder is engagement in self-injurious behavior (SIB). Self-injurious behaviors are not the norm for children on the spectrum, but they may be more common than you might realize and are agonizing for children and parents alike. These damaging indulgences are incredibly difficult for parents to observe, let a...


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The Future of Screening and Diagnosing Autism

Posted by National Autism Network , in Technology, Research and Autism, Autism Treatments 23 November 2015 · 1,232 views
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The Future of Screening and Diagnosing Autism From the time parents recognize the signs of autism, search for a qualified provider, follow through with an appointment, and undergo a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, obtaining an autism diagnosis can be an extensive process that can take several months, in some cases years.  1  This is tragic when you consider the importance early intervention play...


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Anxiety on the Spectrum: Assessment and Treatment

Posted by National Autism Network , in For Individuals with ASD, Strategies for Parents, Autism Treatments 30 October 2015 · 1,618 views

Anxiety on the Spectrum: Assessment and Treatment Last week, National Autism Network published an article  detailing how anxiety impacts individuals on the autism spectrum. Regardless of whether or not you’re on the spectrum, anxiety can be physically, mentally, and socially damaging. Anxiety seems to affect individuals with autism to a larger degree and is considered one of the disorder’s most common co...


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Anxiety on the Spectrum: Why it Occurs

Posted by National Autism Network , in Strategies for Parents, For Individuals with ASD 22 October 2015 · 1,783 views
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Anxiety on the Spectrum: Why it Occurs Your world suddenly becomes very disorienting. Sounds become more pronounced while your ability to focus diminishes on them and your surroundings quickly diminishes. You become very tense all over your body, and you feel compelled to take deep breaths as your heart and pulse races.  These feelings last for minutes, although it can feel like an eternity....


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A Timeline of Autism: How'd We Get Here?

Posted by National Autism Network , in Autism Awareness 14 October 2015 · 1,825 views
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A Timeline of Autism: How'd We Get Here? Today, autism spectrum disorders affect 1 in 68 children including 1 in 42 boys and shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, according to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation, “more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.”1   The recent explosion in autism diagnoses over the last several years has...


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12 Must Read Books for the Autism Parent

Posted by National Autism Network , in For Family Members, Strategies for Parents, Human Interest, Autism Awareness 05 October 2015 · 2,808 views
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12 Must Read Books for the Autism Parent Whether you are a parent to a child on the spectrum, a family member or even a provider working with the community, we have no doubt that you have sought information about the disorder either online or through one of the thousands of books that have been published.  The resources and information available is vast and the sheer number can overwhelming.  To...