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The connections in autistic brains are idiosyncratic and individualized — Each autistics’ brain is distinct; non-autistics’ brains are remarkably uniform

You’ll often hear, those of us involved with autism say, “If you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism,” but never before have I seen a study that so accurately captures what we have observed. Autistic … Continue reading

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The problem with articles on autism risks and how to evaluate studies. Or why circumcision is unlikely to increase rates of autism.

It seems like every month, articles pop up all over the internet blaming something else for causing autism. To the average person, it looks as though scientists have no idea what they are doing and are just throwing out darts … Continue reading

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Stop telling worried parents that Einstein didn’t talk until 4 and start giving them practical advice.

On parenting message boards, facebook groups, and elsewhere online, I see posts by parents concerned about the development of their children and, at one time, I was making those posts. Even in groups populated by well-educated, well-informed parents, it is … Continue reading

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Autism 101: Hating Your Autistic Child

Before my son was diagnosed, my view of autism was overwhelmingly negative. I saw it as something that needed to be cured. Ray Hemachandra has written a beautiful piece on why it is not OK to say that we hate … Continue reading

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How Blue Cross Blue Shield and a handful of Senators are blocking autism insurance reform in North Carolina.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is more common than childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis, and multiple sclerosis combined. In the US, autism affects 1 out of every 68 children, while in North Carolina, that number is 1 in 58. Although it has no … Continue reading

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Military children with autism are at risk with the newest changes to their health care policy.

Edit: thank you so much for all your help. You made this change a positive one. My son was diagnosed with autism in April and, in that month, I didn’t know if I would ever have a normal Easter Egg … Continue reading

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We need your help. Some of the new changes to the Tricare ABA policy will hurt autistic children.

EDIT: Thank you so much for your help! The changes made have worked out to be beneficial to our family thanks to your support. We still need to fight to cover those who have retired, but we were able to … Continue reading

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It’s natural to fear a connection between vaccines and autism

When my twins were about 6 months old, we went for their 6th month checkups, and then to the immunization clinic in the same building for their shots. Shortly after that, my son, Corwin*, broke out in a high fever … Continue reading

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Making ABA safe and helpful.

When my son was diagnosed with autism at 17 months by a developmental pediatrician, she suggested I enroll him in ABA therapy immediately. She gave me a sheet with a long list of providers and very little information about each … Continue reading

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Autism rates have not increased

Amanda Baxter (Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in Australia) and her colleagues have put together a study entitled “The epidemiology and global burden of autism spectrum disorders”. You can read it here (warning PDF). In 2010 there were an … Continue reading

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