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Family Articles 9 March 2021
A child is acting aggressively when they engage in threatening behaviors that could harm themselves, others, or property. It’s common for children with autism to act aggressively toward others, but aggression itself is not a symptom of autism. Instead, experts believe that aggression indicates anxiety or frustration concerning social and communication difficulties. Children with autism often have trouble understanding what’s happening around them and have difficulty expressing their ne
Family Articles 9 March 2021
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that scientists believe has a strong genetic component. However, unlike other genetic conditions, there is no blood analysis, brain scan, or other test that can diagnose autism. Instead, doctors and psychologists diagnose ASD by analyzing the patient’s history and monitoring their behavior.  For example, qualified experts can make a diagnosis based on: Patient observation Patient interviews Cognitive and language ab
Family Articles 9 March 2021
  Many children with autism turn to aggression to get their point across. This is especially true for children who are nonverbal, meaning they will never learn to speak more than a few words. You might be tempted to validate your child’s aggressive behavior when you consider how frustrating it must be to not understand what’s happening around you or being unable to communicate your thoughts. However, your child must understand which behaviors are safe and acceptable and which a
Family Articles 9 March 2021
[prisna-wp-translate-show-hide behavior="show" except=""][/prisna-wp-translate-show-hide]   The purpose of discipline is to set healthy boundaries and clear expectations of appropriate behavior, not to punish or embarrass your child.  While there are certainly challenges to disciplining a child on the autism spectrum, discipline instills valuable lessons that the child will take with them their whole lives. Keep reading to learn safe, effective, and compassionate strategies for ho
FAQs 25 February 2021
Asperger’s is no longer a standalone diagnosis, but it’s important to understand the difference between an autism diagnosis and an historical Asperger’s diagnosis. Learning the difference between autism and Asperger's can impact how families approach treatment. For over 70 years, doctors treated Asperger’s as its own diagnosis. Many professionals believed Asperger’s was a more mild form of autism, leading to the origin of the phrase “high-functioning”. Now, children with Aspe
FAQs 25 February 2021
Following unanimous approval by the U.S. Senate, President Donald Trump signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act into law on September 30, 2019. The Autism Cares Act of 2019 is an expansion of the original that was signed into law in 2006, providing more than $1.8 billion in funding to support people across the country with autism. Among other things, the 2019 Act: Increases the annual federal budget for autism initiatives and resear
FAQs 25 February 2021
Before proceeding to treatment, many caregivers want to know: what is ABA therapy for autism? ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is a science-backed, intensive approach to improving social behavior among children with autism. It’s the most common therapy for autism in the United States, and its main goals are to develop new skills, refine learned skills, and reduce problem behaviors. Through ABA therapy, children learn which behaviors are appropriate for which situation by breaking down desira
FAQs 25 February 2021
Research suggests that in many children, symptoms of autism emerge during the second half of the first year of life. However, signs of autism in toddlers are generally much more visible. Still, many children will show symptoms early on. In fact, one-third of parents recognize symptoms or cite concerns before their child’s first birthday, but many diagnoses are not made until their fourth year or later. If you notice the following signs and symptoms in your toddler, speak with a child ps
FAQs 25 February 2021
There is no lab test to determine whether a child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). How you get an autism diagnosis comes down to a doctor or other medical professional’s examination of the child’s developmental history and behavior through close monitoring and analysis. Parents or caregivers can play an integral role in helping their child receive a diagnosis. For example, they can create a checklist of important milestones - their child’s first word, their first non-family interac
FAQs 25 February 2021
Awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has grown considerably over the years, especially in children. However, more and more people are beginning to understand that one can get an autism diagnosis for adults, too. A diagnosis can provide great relief to individuals experiencing symptoms. Diagnosis makes treatment and therapy an option, and there’s comfort in knowing that a whole community exists of other adults who have been diagnosed with autism. Keep reading to learn how the m
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