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Happy holiday hints for your child with special needs

Happy holiday hints for your child with special needs

Holidays bring joy and family traditions that warm the hearts of many. For those of us who have children with special needs, the holidays take on an entirely new dimension. Like everyone, we have shopping, cooking, decorating and preparation. However, there are additional ways in which we must ready our children for the holiday season. Children who have autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and self-regulation difficulties need some assistance to navigate the

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Children with Autism who live with pets are more assertive

Children with Autism who live with pets are more assertive

Dogs and other pets play an important role in individuals’ social lives, and they can act as catalysts for social interaction, previous research has shown. Although much media attention has focused on how dogs can improve the social skills of children with autism, a University of Missouri researcher recently found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lived in the home.

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Facts about the history of autism

Would you ever think that autism is related to schizophrenia? And would you ever think that autism was treated with LSD? While most people may not relate autism with these things, scientists and families once did

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October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month

Did you know that 1 in 10 people have symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing or mixing up similar words? Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability and contrary to some beliefs, it is not due to either lack of intelligence or a desire to learn.

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Caring for chronically ill children

Caring for chronically ill children

As they Grow Special Needs Over the last two decades, the number of children in the United States with chronic illnesses has dramatically increased. According to one study, chronic health conditions in children rose from 12.8 Percent in 1994 to 26.6 percent in 2006 . New advances in technology and medicine have allowed these children to lead longer, more fulfilling, and independent lives than in the past.

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Autism and Medical Care: A Guide to getting the attention an individual with ASD needs

When a child with autism spectrum disorder enters a doctor’s office, are they being treated with the same care and attention as a child not on the spectrum?

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National Autism Network - Things autism parents want the public to now

National Autism Network - Things autism parents want the public to now

The National Autism Network has asked its community of parents, who are more than 10,000 strong, what they most want the public to know about their children. "It was a simple question that generated some very powerful responses," said Cari DeCandia, co-founder of National Autism Network. “National awareness is great, but we're trying to go beyond awareness to acceptance. We hope this list will help."

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Top self-advocacy tips for a person with Autism

Top self-advocacy tips for a person with Autism

Autism authors Monica Holloway and Areva Martin see firsthand, as parents to teens on the spectrum, the benefits that self-advocacy can bring to people with autism. They offer the following tips for self-advocacy, inspired by their own personal experiences and resources offered by Autism Speaks and the Autism Society.

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Study reveals one-in-four moms wonder if a special needs evaluation is needed for their child

Study reveals one-in-four moms wonder if a special needs evaluation is needed for their child

Parents magazine has revealed exclusive results from a study of moms of children with special needs and those whose children are typically developing, comparing their opinions on the health and happiness of children in their communities.

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Smart technology helps doctors spot autism

Smart technology helps doctors spot autism

Someday your doctor may be able to examine your infant, notice a telltale physical characteristic and say, “Your child has autism — but we’ve caught it early, so don’t worry.” For now, that kind of autism biomarker doesn’t exist, and most autism is not discovered until a child is 4 or 5 years old, when the brain is fairly set in its ways.

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