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New to Autism

A new diagnosis of autism can be overwhelming. Here are tools, insights, ideas and resources to manage those first few days, weeks and months of life on the autism spectrum!
  1. For Parents New to Autism (9)
  2. Newly Diagnosed Adults (3)
  3. Postive Aspects of Autism (6)

Tips for Parents New to Autism
The best source of advice for parents new to autism is - other parents of children with autism. If you've been coping with a autism for a while now, you may have some valuable insights to share. Add your tips and hints for parents new to autism!

What Is Autism?
Autism is a complex set of disorders that are suddenly being diagnosed in epidemic proportions. What exactly is autism, who does it strike, and what do autistic people have in common?

Autism Overview
What is autism? What causes it? How is it treated? This fact sheet from the National Institutes of Health provides a clear and readable overview.

Does Late Speech Predict a Bad Prognosis for a Child with Autism?
If your child with autism isn't talking, don't worry too much. Early speech is not a good predictor of long term outcomes.

What Is "High Functioning Autism?"
The term "high functioning autism" is often used to describe individuals who are clearly autistic but have significant verbal, academic, social and life skills. What does it mean to have high functioning autism?

What Is PDD-NOS?
Often, children with social and communication delays are diagnosed with something called PDD-NOS - pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. What exactly is PDD-NOS?

What Do Autistic People Have in Common?
The autism spectrum includes an incredibly wide range of people, with an amazingly broad range of abilities and challanges. So, what do all autistic people have in common?

What Causes Autism?
Despite a good deal of research, there are still many theories. Find out more about different perspectives on a cause.

Risk Factors for Autism
What are some of the risk factors for autism?

Is Autism on the Rise?
The number of diagnosed cases of autism has risen dramatically in the past decade. But is there a true epidemic -- or just more diagnoses?

Is there a cure for autism?
Is there a cure for autism? What kinds of treatments are available for autism? Which ones are the best? Do all autistic kids need the same treatments? Answers to these and other questions.

What Is the Vaccine/Autism Controversy About?
The media has been buzzing about a possible link between vaccines and autism. But unless you're paying close attention, you may not realize how complex that debate really is. Here's an overview of the many questions now under debate -- and links to more in-depth info on a variety of subjects.

Will autism treatment cure my autistic child?
There are plenty of autism treatments that claim they can cure or "recover" your child with autism. But what is the real likelihood of a cure?

Which treatments should I start with?
Which treatments should I start with?

Is there a standard treatment for autism?
Is there a standard treatment for autism?

Are there therapies specifically designed to treat autism?
Are there therapies specifically designed to treat autism?

How do I know which therapies are right for my child?
How do I know which therapies are right for my child?

What drugs are used to treat autism?
What drugs are used to treat autism?

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