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How Autism Nearly Ruined My Marriage

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Hearing the word autism for the first time shook me to the core as a mother. I never imagined it would do the same thing to my marriage. My husband and I were one of those couples who always made other people feel a bit jealous. We were high school …

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How to Recognize Signs of Autism in Toddlers

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Autism is on the rise in the United States and around the world to the point where some are even calling it an autism epidemic. Whether this is truly the case or if medical professionals have just become better equipped and more informed when it comes to what to look …

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How Can We Do Better By Our Autistic Girls?

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Autism is different for girls, and not only because fewer girls than boys get autism diagnoses. Autistic women and girls not only tend to have different traits than autistic boys do, but are also socialized differently — leading to many of those girls being overlooked or misdiagnosed well into adulthood, …

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Mom Cries When Her Son With Autism Makes His First Friend

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Sometimes, finding a new best friend can change everything for the better. This week, the non-profit 4 Paws for Ability, which pairs special needs children with service animals, shared the touching account of one mother who knows that first hand. Her 5-year-old son, who has autism, was recently introduced to …

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8 Disorders Your Child Might Have in Addition to Autism

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Disorders do not always appear alone; another one might sidle up alongside it. For example, those with anxiety disorders may also suffer from depression. In the medical world, this phenomenon is known as comorbidity. Science has discovered that those with autism may also experience a variety of co-morbid disorders and …

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7 Ways to Help Your Nonverbal Child Speak

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This week, researchers published the hopeful findings that, even after age 4, many nonverbal children with autism eventually develop language. For good reason, families, teachers and others want to know how they can promote language development in nonverbal children or teenagers with autism. The good news is that research has …

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How to Calm an Aspergers Child: 50 Tips for Parents

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If you have an Aspergers (high functioning autistic) youngster who has an “anger-control” problem, use these tips to (a) prevent anger outbursts and (b) help calm him down once he has launched into a rage or meltdown:  1. Allow the Aspergers youngster to use his energy in a fun way …

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People with Autism Make More Logical Decisions

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The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. Decisions are based on the way choices are framed. This is because people use emotion when making decisions, leading to some options feeling more desirable than others. For example, when given £50, we are more …

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