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Why "High Functioning" Autism Is So Challenging
High functioning autism may sound like a mild disorder, but it can be extremely challenging. Find out why.
What Is Mild Autism?
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Autism: The Most Common Indicators
Autistic people may have a range of issues, including physical, intellectual, psychological and emotional differences.
The Names of the Different Autism Spectrum...
Autism is a "spectrum disorder," meaning you can be a little autistic or very autistic. Until May, 2013,
11 Signs of Autism in Girls
Autism affects both boys and girls -- but there are distinct signs of autism that are most common in girls.
10 Red Flags of Autism
What are the early signs of autism? With so many headlines about autism, many parents are worried about their child's development. How do you know whether a delay or difference is really significant? How do you decide whether your child should see a professional? Here are some of the red flag symptoms to look for.
The Complete Checklist of Autism Symptoms
Does your child have these autism symptoms? Learn more about specific symptoms, and determine if your child might benefit from an autism screening or diagnosis.
Autism: What You Should Know About Stimming
Stimming is short for self-stimulatory behavior. What is stimming in autism? Why is stimming so common in autistic people?
Symptoms of Asperger Syndrome You Want to Know...
Asperger syndrome is a now-outdated name for a high functioning form of autism. Could you or someone you love have the symptoms of Asperger syndrome?
Do We Know What Causes Autism?
This question haunts parents and sparks plenty of controversy. There are few definitive answers at this point, but there is a good deal of information available to help dispel myths and better assess risks.
What Is High Functioning Autism?
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Do You Know About Severe Autism?
What is severe autism? How does severe autism differ from high functioning autism, Asperger syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders?
One Autism, Three Levels: What's Yours?
If you're diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, you can also receive a diagnostic level describing how much support you need. Find out more about different levels of autism in the DSM-5 Diagnostic Manual.
8 Differences Between Boys and Girls with Autism
Research suggests that girls with autism may be underdiagnosed because their behaviors differ from those of boys on the spectrum. Here are 8 differences to look out for.
What Are the Diagnostic Criteria for Asperger...
What are the diagnostic criteria for Asperger syndrome? Here are the specific criteria as laid out in the official DSM-IV-TR diagnostic manual.
Are You Aware of Nonverbal Autism?
Nonverbal autism is not uncommon, but it is a mysterious and surprising disorder. Find out more about nonverbal autism.
Do You Understand Your Autistic Child's...
People with autism have plenty of feelings -- but they may not express them in the same way as their typical peers.
What Treatments Are Available for Adults With AS?
What happens after an adult is diagnosed with Asperger syndrome? What treatments are available and what do they do?
Best Sports for Kids with Autism
Which are the best sports for kids with autism? Hint: soccer may not be top of the list!
What Exactly 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?
Top 10 Easy Autism Facts to Share with Friends...
What are the top autism facts? This quick top 10 article includes the most imortant autism facts, plus links to learn more. Share it with your mom, your child's teacher, or anyone else who asks
Toilet Train Your Child with Autism
An expert shares a step-by-step method to toilet train children with autism.
What Is a "Mand" in Autism Therapy?
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Why Does My Child With Autism Repeat Words and...
If you're the parent of a verbal child diagnosed with autism, you may have heard your child repeat bits and pieces from videos or other sources. This type of communication is called
How Do Experts Diagnose Asperger Syndrome in...
Could you or someone you love have Asperger Syndrome? How would you find out? Learn how experts diagnose Asperger Syndrome in adults.
What Symptoms Do Autistic People All Share?
The autism spectrum includes an incredibly wide range of people, with an amazingly broad range of abilities and challanges. So, what symptoms do all autistic people share?
Public School and Autism Education Pros and Cons
Most children with autism attend public school but not all have quality education. Here are the pros and cons of public school for children with autism.
What Are the Best Traits of Autistic People?
There's plenty written about the deficits of people on the autism spectrum. It's time to celebrate some of the best qualities of folks with autism. Here are ten top strengths of people living on the spectrum.
Inclusion Sounds Great, But It's Tough to Be...
Learn about the challenges of providing accessible programs and resources to people on the autism spectrum.
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Autism
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is one of the oldest and most widely used treatments for autism. What is it? How does it work? Is ABA the right therapy for your child with autism?
How Autism Is Diagnosed
How do professionals screen for and diagnose autism?
Is It Autism? Probably Not!
You've noticed symptoms in your child that could be signs of autism. But not every delay or difference deserves an autism diagnosis!
What Is a Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) Autism Doctor?
: What Is a Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) Autism Doctor? What Is a DAN! Autism Doctor? If you research autism
Flapping, Rocking and Mumbling in Autism
Stimming is another term for self-stimulating behavior. What does stimming look like, and what (if anything) should you do about it?
Top 10 Top Ten Reasons for Adults to Seek an...
Asperger Syndrome (AS) is neither life-threatening nor is it curable. So why bother seeking a diagnosis if you're already an adult? Here are ten good reasons why adults might choose to seek an Asperger Syndrome diagnosis.
What Is Asperger Syndrome?
What is Asperger Syndrome? Here's a quick definition!
Look For These Repetitive Behaviors in Autism
One of the core symptoms of autism is repetitive behaviors. What are these behaviors, and how can they be managed?
Help Your Autistic Child Expand "Age Appropriat...
Teens and adults with autism are often intrigued with entertainment intended for very young children. Here are some tips for expanding their interests.
How to Handle Marriage to a Spouse With...
Marriage to a spouse with Asperger syndrome is challenging. It's hard to know whether behaviors that appear rude or thoughtless are really part of the disorder -- and it's tough to know how to respond. Drs. Bob Naseef and Cindy Ariel take on this complex issue.
Is "No Eye Contact" Really a Sign of Autism?
Lack of eye contact can often be a symptom of autism. How is eye contact defined and how much is considered enough?
How Doctors Make an Autism Diagnosis
How do doctors make an autism diagnosis? Autistic Spectrum Disorders are defined by six characteristics. Your practitioner or evaluation team should use the DSM-IV definitions to diagnose you or your child.
Book Review: TalkAbility by Fern Sussman
What's the best way to help a child with autism build speech and conversation skills? Fern Sussman of the Hannen Centre in Canada wrote this book for parents of children with autism whose verbal skills are delayed but coming along.
Do People With Autism Lack Empathy?
Do people with autism lack empathy? Research studies produce differing conclusions.
What Is Atypical Autism?
What is atypical autism? It's another name for one of the official autism spectrum diagnoses.
Is It Possible to Diagnose Autism in an Infant?
Is it really possible to diagnose autism in infants? Philip and Osnat Teitelbaum believe the answer is yes. Find out more about their theories and research.
What Is Regressive Autism or Late Onset Autism?
There is no official diagnosis called
Useful Info on Asperger Symptoms, Diagnosis,...
Asperger syndrome, a very high functioning form of autism, may not be diagnosed until adulthood. Could you or an adult in your life have Asperger syndrome? How can you find out? What should you do next?
10 Tips for Helping Your Autistic Child to Keep...
Your child with autism won't sit down for dinner. Insists on climbing the entertainment center. Loses control at the grocery store. Here are hints and tips for understanding and managing your autistic child's behavior.
How Can I Help an Adult Who May Have Asperger...
I think I know an adult with Asperger Syndrome. What can I do to help him?
10 Hobbies and Activities to Enjoy With Your...
It can be tough to bond with an autistic family member, but by finding (or creating) these shared interests, you can grow together.
Use This One Amazing Therapy Daily to Help Your...
Provide this one amazing intervention every day, and watch your child's abilities and engagement improve.
The Basics for Social Skills Training with Autism
Social Skills training is often offered to children and adults on the autism spectrum. Do you need a therapist to teach social skills to your child with autism? Get the facts in this quick overview.
Who Should Diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorders?
Who should diagnose autism spectrum disorders? What is an autism specialist? Find the right doctor or team to evaluate and diagnose autism.
Do Vaccines Contain Aborted Fetal Tissue?
The rubella vaccine virus is cultured in human cell-line cultures, and some of these cell lines originated from aborted fetal tissue, obtained from legal abortions in the 1960's.
What Is Social Thinking?
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Does Asperger Syndrome Still Exist?
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Signs of Autism Your Pediatrician May Miss
What are the first signs of autism? Should you be concerned? What are the best ways to share your concerns with your doctor? And how do you start seeking a diagnosis for autism?
What Is the Rapid Prompting Method for Treating...
The Rapid Prompting Method, developed by Soma Mukhopadhyay, is a tool for reaching, teaching and communicating with non-verbal people on the autism spectrum. There is no research to support or refute its usefulness -- and some claim that it's nothing short of miraculous.
Top 10 Top Treatments for Autism
As you start to dig deeply into the literature on autism treatments, you'll find dozens of available
The Surprising Link Between Sensory Processing...
What is Sensory Processing Disorder(SPD)? What is Sensory Integration? How are they connected with autism spectrum disorders?
No Babbling or Pointing May Be a Sign of Autism...
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Educational Options for Children with Autism
How should children with autism be educated? There are many different opinions on the topic. This overview presents the options, along with a quick look at their pros and cons.
What Exactly Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
In May 2013, a new version of the diagnostic manual for mental disorders was published. In it was a whole new set of criteria for understanding what autism is, and how to diagnose it. Find out how the creators of the DSM-5 have reconceived autism, and find links to information about how these changes may affect you.
Get Started with Autism Treatments
How do you choose a treatment for autism? How does one autism treatment differ from another? Which autism treatments are the most effective? Which is the right treatment for you or your child with autism? Explore treatments for autism and learn about your options.
Can This Technique Help Autistic Kids...
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Can Play Therapy Benefit a Child with Autism?
What is play therapy? Why is it used as a therapy for children with autism? Get the basics!
Is PDD-NOS the Same as Autism?
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?
3 Answers to the Question "Will Your Autistic...
Do we expect (or even WANT) adults with autism to become absolutely independent? Or should we assume
Does Your Child Have Social Communication...
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Are Kids with Autism Smarter Than We Think?
If your autistic child was given an intelligence test, chances are it didn't do a great job of measuring his IQ. .
Autistic Speech and Prosody
Autistic people often have odd speech patterns and may have a hard time understanding how changes in tone or pitch can change the meaning of words and phrases. Find out more about why this is the case, and what it means.
Rett Syndrome
Rett Syndrome is one of the autism spectrum disorders.
Can You Apply for a Grant to Pay for Autism-Rel...
Yes, there are grants for individual families living with autism. They're not large, and they're very competitive - but they are out there. Here's a list of some of the top funding agencies that offer grants for families living with autism.
Should Parents of An Autistic Child Have a...
Should parents of a child with autism have more children? What is the risk of having another child with autism? Drs. Robert Naseef and Cindy Ariel discuss the implications of parents of a child with autism having more children.
Autism and the Picture Exchange Communication...
PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) is commonly used to communicate with pre-verbal autistic children and adults. What is the Picture Exchange Communication System - and how does it help people with autism to communicate?
Defining Autism Spectrum Disorders
Here is a basic definition of autism and autism spectrum disorders.
How Does "Art Therapy" Work?
Art therapy is a solidly established treatment for many disorders. Find out how it can be helpful for people on the autism spectrum.
What Is Pragmatic Speech
Pragmatic speech is often an issue for people with autism. They may use words and language brilliantly, but have a tough time communicating.
Finding the Right Home for Your Adult Child...
Where should your adult child with autism live? What will he need in the way of support? Can you afford to provide what's needed? This article is an overview of some of the issues and options.
Help! My Autistic Toddler Won't Keep His...
How the heck do I get my child with autism to keep his clothes and/or diaper on? Here are three possible routes to help you resolve the problem for the short and long term.
What Are Social Skills and Social Thinking?
Social skills and social thinking are core issues for people with autism. But what do these terms really mean?
Autism Symptoms Related to Social Communication
Autism symptoms are often most obvious in social situations. Even for verbal people with autism, choosing and using the right words and body language can be very difficult indeed.
Top 10 Reasons to Allow Autistic Children to...
You know that autistic children need therapy and interaction. Lots of interaction. And TV, we're told, is the opposite of interaction. But television, videos and even video games can serve many positive purposes -- both for our kids...and for us!
Speech Therapy for Autism: The Basics
Speech therapy is almost always a must for people with autism. What is a speech therapist? How do speech therapists work with people on the autism spectrum? How do you find a speech therapist?
Top 10 Directories of Summer Camps for Autistic...
Where can you find a summer camp for your child with autism? This article includes links to the best directories of summer camps for kids with autism and Asperger syndrome.
Early Signs of Autism May Be Present at Birth
What are the very early signs of autism? A new research study at Yale University Medical School suggests that placental abnormalities may point to genetic differences leading to autism spectrum disorders.
How Wide Is the Autism Spectrum?
How different are people with autism from one another? About as different as night and day. And that's one reason it's so tough to provide the right settings and services for people with autism spectrum diagnoses.
Why Children with Autism Deserve Rules and...
Should you allow your child with autism to misbehave? While some behaviors are simply part of autism, intentional misbehavior is not. Your child with autism deserves to be taught the rules of social behavior.
Do Vaccines Cause Autism?
Do vaccines cause autism? Find out what the real issues are, what the medical community says on the issue, and how to weigh the evidence.
Could Experts Be Wrong? When NOT to Rely on...
Not every expert knows autism -- and not every autism expert knows your particular child or your specific needs.
The 7 Biggest Myths About Autism
If you're new to the autism spectrum, you may have built your picture of autism from media stories. But it's important not to believe everything you see or hear!
Is Sensory Integration Therapy Helpful for...
What is Sensory Integration Therapy and how can it help children with autism?
Behavior Therapy as a Treatment for Autism
Behavior therapy is often recommended as a treatment of autism. What is a behavior therapist, what do they do, and where do you find one? Get the basics.
Don't Worry, These Things Do NOT Cause Autism!
As parents hear more and more about autism in the news, they worry that anything they do (or don't do) could cause the disorder. In fact, while there is debate about what causes autism, it's clear that many things cannot cause autism.
Lack of Play Skills as a Symptom of Autism
Lack of play skills is one sign of autism. What are play skills? What does a lack of play skills look like?
What Is an Autistic Meltdown?
What is an autistic meltdown? It's not quite the same thing as an ordinary temper tantrum. Learn about warning signals and how to interpret them.
Tips for Teaching Music to People with Autism
Music and autism often go together, but it's tough to find an instructor willing to work with an autistic person. Here are tips for music instructors interested in taking on the challenge!
Could My Child Outgrow Autism?
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Good News! Here Are 8 Reasons to Feel Good...
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What Is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder
What Is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder
Developmental Pediatrics and Autism: The Basics
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What Is an Autistic Savant, and Could My Child...
If your child with autism has special talents, is he a savant? Find out more about this extraordinary disorder.
Sexuality and Autism -- Sex Education for...
Sexuality is a tough topic with any teen. For children and teens on the autism spectrum, sex education is even more complex. How do you teach someone with social and communications challenges about such a difficult and socially complicated topic?
Music Therapy for Autism
Music therapy is a well-established method for working with people on the autism spectrum. Is music therapy right for your child with autism?
Eight Signs That You’re a Terrific Autism...
Parents tend to judge themselves harshly. And when you have a child with autism, it's easy to feel that you've done something wrong. Of course, it's always possible that you've made mistakes: most of us have! But it's also possible that you're a terrific autism parent.
Occupational Therapy for Autism
What is occupational therapy, and how is it helpful to people with autism? This overview article covers the basics.
Understanding the Possible Risk Factors for...
What are some of the risk factors for autism?
Should I Have My Child Screened for Autism?
When should you seek an autism screening for your child? Even infants and toddlers can show behaviors that may look like autism. These behaviors may eventually disappear -- or not. Here's why you shouldn't wait to have your child evaluated.
6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Seeking an...
Is now the right time to have your child evaluated for autism? Here are 6 questions to help you make the right choice.
Respite Care and Autism
Respite means relief. Respite care for a loved one with autism means relief for the caregiver. When is it OK to seek respite care? What's the best way to find? How can you pay for it?
Physical Therapy as a Treatment for Autism
Why is physical therapy offered as a treatment for autism? How can a person with autism benefit from physical therapy? Check out this quick overview on physical therapy and autism.
Get the Best Behavioral Therapy for Your Child...
Most doctors and many schools recommend behavioral therapy for children with autism. But not all behavioral therapists are created equal. How can you tell whether a therapist is doing a good job, and how can you improve the situation if they're not?
Relationship Development Intervention (RDI): A...
Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) is a relatively new approach to autism treatment. Developed by Dr. Steven Gutstein, its claim is that it addresses
Are You the Depressed Mom of a Child with...
If you're the mother of a child with autism, you may be at risk of depression. If you're down, you're not alone. Luckily, there are tools to help you cope!
Drugs Used to Treat Autism
While no drug has yet been developed to directly treat or cure autism, many treat symptoms associated with autism. Are any right for you or your child with an autism spectrum disorder?
5 Ways to Help Your Child With Autism Fit In...
There are some simple steps parents can take to help their children with autism to fit in with their typical peers. Some are even fun!
Do Children with Autism Sleep Less Than Their...
Do children with autism really sleep less than their typical peers? The answers may surprise you.
Parenting an Adult Child with Asperger Syndrome
How do I parent an adult child with Asperger syndrome? How can (or should) a parent intervene when an adult child with Aspergers seems to be headed for trouble? Kate Goldfield, a young adult with Asperger Syndrome, offers insights and ideas.
What to Do After the Autism Diagnosis
An autism diagnosis can be devastating. Here's a step-by-step guide to helping your child and yourself.
Causes of Autism: Recent Findings
What causes autism? Recent research has turned up new information about genetics, brain structure, environmental issues and more. As scientists build consensus, they are closing in on possible causes and cures for autism.
Should a Teen with Asperger Syndrome Try to Be...
: Should a Teen with Asperger Syndrome Try to Be "Normal?" I'm worried about how my bright, funny, imaginative
Is It Autism? Here Are 5 Signs That Should...
Lots of symptoms look a little like autism, but which should really worry you?
Autism Screening for Young Children
How does autism screening for young children work?
Accelerated Head Growth May be One Symptom of...
While there's no clear cut way to know whether an infant is likely to develop symptoms of an autism spectrum disorder, this study suggests that accelerated head growth may be one important symptom to track.
Does My Child with Autism Have Sensory...
What are the symptoms of sensory processing disorder? Does my child with autism have sensory processing disorder? What kind of therapy treats sensory processing disorder?
Starting Your Autistic Child on a Gluten...
Many practitioners recommend a gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy) free diet for children with autism. But in the USA, wheat and dairy are everywhere! An expert shares tips on starting and managing a GFCF diet for children with autism.
Do You and Your Autistic Child Have the Same...
You may have a long list of goals for your autistic child, but do your goals match his or her interests, strengths, or desires?
Is Autism Genetic?
Is autism genetic? Twins are very likely to share autistic traits. While these facts suggest that autism is genetic, there's more to the story.
Top 9 Best Sites for Free, Low-Cost Communicati...
Are you using pictures to communicate with a person on the autism spectrum? Whether you're working with a PECS (Picture Exchange Card System) consultant, creating visual schedules, or using pictures to plan special events, you'll need great images. Here are some great resources!
8 Ways to Build a Strong, Loving Bond with Your...
It's not always easy to build a strong relationship with an autistic child. Here are eight tips for getting and staying connected with your autistic son or daughter.
Psychology as a Treatment for Autism
Is psychotherapy provided by a qualified psychologist helpful for people with autism? Find out more about psychology and autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Why Is Autism Generally Diagnosed in Children
Why is autism generally diagnosed in children? Find out why so few adults are diagnosed with autism.
Mood Disorders and Asperger Syndrome
The diagnostic criteria for Asperger syndrome do not include anxiety or depression. But experts say that people with Asperger syndrome have a greater than average chance of developing mood disorders.
Visual Tools for Teaching Soccer to Children...
Use these step-by-step photo posters from Explorations Unlimited LLC to help children with autism learn basic soccer skills.
Overcoming Feeding Problems in a Child with...
What does it take to get a child with autism to eat more than one or two favored items? Here's a step-by-step guide for parents of autistic children.
What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Autism?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a new treatment for autism which is in the very earliest stages of research. What is HBOT for autism? How effective is HBOT in treating autism?
How to Choose Activities That Will Last Your...
Children with autism have a tough time with change and transition. Here are tips on how to select recreational and community activities that your child can enjoy and build on for a lifetime.
Going Through College with Autism: Hints and Tips
What does it take for a teen with autism to succeed in college? Maureen Johnson, Ph.D., an adult with high functioning autism, offers hints and tips from her own experience.
10 Surprising Facts About the "New" Autism...
The new Diagnostic Manual for mental health clinicians (DSM-5) includes major changes to autism spectrum diagnoses. Here are the surprising answers to 10 key questions about the new Autism Spectrum Disorder, from experts in the field.
What Is Neurotypical?
: Because it came into common use no more than ten years ago, the word "neurotypical" has no absolute
5 Reasons Why it Takes So Long to Get a High...
In order to qualify for an autism diagnosis, symptoms have to be present from toddlerhood. So why are so many people diagnosed as teens or adults?
A Parent's Introduction to Play and Autism
This introduction to play and autism offers parents tips and resources for overcoming some serious challenges. Yes, you can play with your autistic child!
How Is the ADI-R Test Used to Help Make an...
The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) test is often used as a tool to help make an autism diagnosis. Find out more about the test and how it's administered and scored.
Are There Really More Autistic Boys Than Girls?
Are boys really more likely to develop autism than girls? Or are girls just underdiagnosed?
Emotions and Autism -- Helping Children with...
Children with autism have strong emotions, and it can be tough for them to know how to let out their feelings appropriately. Psychologists Dr. Robert Naseef and Dr. Cindy Ariel explain why emotions run so high for children with autism, and offer tips for helping your child manage strong feelings.
Will New Diagnostic Criteria Mean My Child with...
When the American Psychiatric Association changes its diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders, many people will cease to qualify as autistic.
How To Get Your Child's Autism Treatments...
Will your health insurance cover the cost of treatments for autism? Often the answer is yes - even when it appears to be no. Here are some tricks of the health insurance industry that may lower your costs
Where Should My Child with Autism Go to School?
What are the educational options when your child with autism is ready for school? There are more than you might expect, and each has its pros and cons.
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.

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