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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 · 867 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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The Future of Screening and Diagnosing Autism

Posted by National Autism Network , in Technology, Research and Autism, Autism Treatments 23 November 2015 · 1,106 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 · 1,490 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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Exercising on the Spectrum

Posted by National Autism Network , in Strategies for Parents, Autism Treatments 16 February 2015 · 1,320 views
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Exercising on the Spectrum A healthy lifestyle is a challenging pursuit for everyone. Increasingly, our society is becoming more sedentary, with obesity rates climbing higher than ever before, for both children and adults.  1-2  According to the CDC, children on the autism spectrum face even   higher rates  of obesity, but with a different set of obstacles.  3  Generally, obstacles...


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The Importance of Parent Participation in Their Child's Therapy

Posted by National Autism Network , in Strategies for Parents, Autism Treatments 19 December 2014 · 1,876 views

The Importance of Parent Participation in Their Child's Therapy Parents of children on the autism spectrum strive to do everything within their power to instill their loved ones with the skills they need to flourish in an uncertain future. Fortunately, as parents, you are the ones who are best equipped to do so since you know your child better than anyone. This knowledge will come in handy when it comes to your child’...


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Working Towards Better Collaboration Between Autism Providers

Posted by National Autism Network , in Autism Treatments, Provider Specific 17 November 2014 · 1,780 views
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Working Towards Better Collaboration Between Autism Providers Earlier this year, National Autism Network published an article  focusing on the benefits of and the barriers to collaboration between mental health professionals and the clients they serve. A team of health professionals and educators, including psychologists, pediatricians, occupational therapists, ABA providers, speech & language patholigists, spec...


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Should You Pursue an Autism Diagnosis as an Adult?

Posted by National Autism Network , in For Individuals with ASD, Autism Treatments 27 October 2014 · 2,082 views
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Should You Pursue an Autism Diagnosis as an Adult? When people think of autism spectrum disorders, they generally perceive it as something that affects mainly children. However,   although not degenerative,   autism can affect individuals throughout their entire lives. The small, but ever-growing, population of adults on the spectrum is often overlooked by today’s society.  The “autism epidemic,” which is...


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Top 10 Myths About Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Posted by National Autism Network , in Autism Treatments 21 September 2014 · 4,644 views
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Top 10 Myths About Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is currently the most universally heralded treatment for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ABA is a science based on the principles of behavior and backed by decades of empirical research demonstrating its effectiveness at changing outcomes for children on the spectrum. Intensive ABA therapy, w...


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Dealing with Problematic Behavior

Posted by National Autism Network , in Strategies for Parents, Autism Treatments 25 April 2014 · 2,642 views
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Dealing with Problematic Behavior All children, regardless of whether or not they are on the autism spectrum, exhibit inappropriate behaviors from time to time. These behaviors are often innocent enough, but can become a problem when they are persistent and negatively affect your child and those around them.  By learning to understand why your child exhibits certain negative behaviors, yo...


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The Waiting Game...What Parents Can Do While Waiting for Professional Services

Posted by National Autism Network , in Strategies for Parents, Autism Treatments 13 March 2014 · 2,523 views
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The Waiting Game...What Parents Can Do While Waiting for Professional Services Any frequent reader of the National Autism Network blog will recognize the common theme of stressing the importance of early detection, diagnosis, and intervention for autism spectrum disorders. Many of the treatments for children on the spectrum are designed to be implemented during the childhood years, with some being designed for children as young as 1...