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Lisa Jo Rudy

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By Lisa Jo Rudy

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    • Does Asperger Syndrome Still Exist? Created: Sunday, July 21, 2013 Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014
      In May, 3013, the term Asperger syndrome was removed from the official diagnostic manual. Does that mean you have to stop saying you have Asperger syndrome, and start describing yourself as "autistic?"
    • What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Created: Saturday, August 10, 2013 Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014
      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.
    • Is School Inclusion Right for Your Autistic Child? Created: Saturday, July 26, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014
      Is an inclusive classroom right for your autistic child? It all depends... not only on your child, but also on your district. Here are some questions to help you consider your best educational option.
    • Why Your School District May Not Be Ready for Inclusive Education Created: Saturday, July 26, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014
      School inclusion is not always easy to achieve, and your district may not be ready to make it a success. Why not? Here are six of the most common reasons.
    • What Is an Autistic Meltdown? Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      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.
    • What Is Mild Autism? Created: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      What is "mild autism"? Is it different from or the same as Asperger syndrome?
    • Early Signs of Autism Created: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      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.
    • Adults and Asperger Syndrome Created: Friday, April 27, 2007 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      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?
    • What Are the Three Levels of Autism? Created: Monday, July 22, 2013 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      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.
    • 10 Surprising Facts About the "New" Autism Spectrum Disorder Created: Friday, June 21, 2013 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      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.
    • Stop Learning About Autism! Created: Monday, July 14, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Yes, it is possible to learn too much about autism. To avoid burnout, take these suggestions!
    • Are You Letting Autism Ruin Your Marriage? Created: Friday, July 11, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
      There are many reasons why autism can put strain on a marriage. Do any of these reasons sound familiar to you?
    • How to Avoid Autistic Meltdowns Created: Monday, July 07, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Autistic meltdowns can be upsetting to everyone -- including the child with autism. Here are some tips for actually preventing those meltdowns from happening.
    • Should We Move to Find Better Autism Resources? Created: Sunday, July 06, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014
      Many families think about moving to find better services and resources for an autistic child. Is it worth considering a move? Here are some tools to help you make that decision.
    • Should I Quit My Job to Help My Autistic Child? Created: Sunday, July 06, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014
      Should you quit your job to care for your autistic child? The answer depends upon many factors -- including you!
    • Summer Fun for You and Your Child with Autism Created: Friday, July 12, 2013 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Summer, with all its changes in routine, is often hard on families with autistic children. Here are ten ideas for enjoying summer activities designed with autistic children and teens in mind.
    • What Is Autism? Created: Saturday, January 20, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      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?"
    • Helping Mothers of Children with Autism Cope with Depression Created: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      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!" itemprop="desczTP='t3'" --> itemprop="d...
    • Five Ways to Help Your Child with Autism to Fit In Socially Created: Thursday, January 23, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      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!
    • What Treatments Are Available for Adults with Asperger Syndrome? Created: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      What happens after an adult is diagnosed with Asperger syndrome? What treatments are available and what do they do?
    • How Do I Handle Marriage to a Spouse with Asperger Syndrome? Created: Monday, May 29, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      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 resp...
    • What Is Mild Autism? Created: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      What is "mild autism"? Is it different from or the same as Asperger syndrome?
    • How To Find a Summer Autism Program Created: Saturday, January 21, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Here are the steps to take to find the right summer autism program for your child.
    • How to Explain Your Child's Asperger Syndrome Created: Wednesday, May 09, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Asperger syndrome is invisible, at least some of the time. At other times, though, symptoms rise to the surface. When should parents tell their children that they have Asperger syndrome? When and h...
    • Explore Sensory Integration Therapy Through SPD University Created: Sunday, June 29, 2014 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
      Sensory Processing Disorder is now a formal part of the criteria for autism, and SPD University offers a huge range of resources for learning about and getting started with sensory therapies.
    • Tools to Help You Become Your Child's Autism Therapist Created: Sunday, June 29, 2014 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
      Yes, parents CAN become their child's autism therapist -- though it does take time, money, and (ideally) at least a little professional help to get started. Learn more about what's available and how to take advantage of online training options.
    • What is Person Centered Life Mapping? Created: Sunday, June 29, 2014 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
      Life Mapping with a special twist can be a terrific tool for putting young adults with autism in the position of planning their own futures.l;io
    • Exploring Autism-Related Career Options Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      Talk about a growing field! The number of people with autism diagnoses has exploded, as have opportunities in the field.
    • 8 Things Parents Gain Through Autism Created: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      Autism can make parenting more difficult, but it can also bring some exciting new ways of thinking and behaving.
    • Top 7 Sites for Autism After the School Years Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      What's available to people with autism and their families once a child becomes a young adult? Here are seven terrific online sources to help you think about and prepare for that time.
    • How to Take a Child with Autism to the Supermarket Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      Autism and big box stores don't mix well. These tips can help you to make the shopping experience manageable.
    • Tips for Teaching Music to People with Autism Created: Monday, October 11, 2010 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      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!"

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