autism spectrum disorder

Cases of Autism on the Rise

It seems that with the rise of awareness of autism, the rate of diagnosis of the disorder is ever increasing.  In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control reported that nearly 1 in 150 children have autism; in 2009, the numbers rose to 1 in 110.

Protecting Marriage When Your Child Has ASD

For years, parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have mistakenly passed along the erroneous statistic that 80% of marriages of such parents will end in divorce. This myth also has been perpetuated by professionals and the media. As described in a recent large scale research study by Hartley and her colleagues (2010), there is a relatively higher rate of divorce when compared to families with typical children; however, the majority of marriages remain intact. Certainly, there is more to strive for in a marriage than simply not getting divorced.

3 Anxiety-Busting Solutions for Autism

Here are three practical, simple solutions caregivers can use to help reduce anxiety and deal better every day with a child who has anxiety from autism.

 Autism spectrum disorders and anxiety go hand-and-hand like sneezing and a cold.

Homeschooling and the Autism Spectrum Child

I began homeschooling my son soon after he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome,  at 6 years old and in his second year of schooling. I quickly realized that his school knew even less than I did about Asperger’s, and while I soon educated myself through free courses available to me and through the internet, I also knew the school had no strategies in place regarding my son’s needs, and I did not have enough knowledge at the time, or the personal skill to negotiate that pioneering road with the school. And so I looked at alternatives.

Autism-Friendly Shows Planned for Broadway

After an autism-friendly showing of The Lion King on Broadway last fall, the Theatre Development Fund received interest in other shows from approximately 1,500 people. Now The Fund has bought out the 1,797-seat New Amsterdam Theatre and 1,677-seat Minskoff Theatre for a matinee performance of Mary Poppins and The Lion King, respectively.

Parent Age Related to Child’s Odds for Autism

In a new study of more than 9,500 children in Denmark who had been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, researchers found that children born to a parent over the age of 35 had a higher risk of developing autism. Interestingly, the data also showed that the risk is the same whether both parents are older or only one of them is. 

New Definition of Autism Worries Some

One in 110 children in the U.S. are currently estimated to have autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With the rate of diagnoses skyrocketing in recent years, some newly proposed changes to the definition of autism would likely slow the rate of diagnoses but would also make it difficult for families whose children would no longer fall under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorders.

Guardianship and Developmental Disabilities

Surrogate Decision Making for People with Developmental Disabilities

Kids with Autism Take Lead at Pretend City

Children on the autism spectrum need to be provided with innovative strategies that enable them to learn to negotiate effectively in the real world. This is so they will feel accepted and have the proper skills to become productive adults. Pretend City Children’s Museum provides exactly that each and every month! Pretend City, a non-profit organization, is an interactive children’s museum with real-life interconnected exhibits such as a home, restaurant, farm, grocery store, and much more.

Susie Bean Helps Families with Special Needs

Dr. R. Layla Salek knows firsthand the financial strain that families experience when struggling to help a loved one with mental illness or autism. As the daughter of a mother diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Dr. Salek ‘s passion for working with children with mental illness started very young. She has also worked with children with autism spectrum disorders since 2001.