Dealing with big physical and emotional changes in your adolescent At a parent group meeting, a mother asked “since my daughter’s mental age is about a third grade level, why is she starting her period? This doesn’t seem possible.” All children go..
Family members and professionals are often puzzled about what to do when an individual begins to ask repetitive questions. Like most things that involve individuals across the autism spectrum, the answer is not simple and clear cut. Instead, it is depende..
Parents of a child with autism have a 24 hour a day; 7 day a week job that instead of paying them costs them astronomical amounts of money. According to the Autism Society of America, lifetime costs for caring for a child with autism can reach as high as ..
Wandering for children with special needs can lead to children getting lost and parents needing to contact local police or fireman to help locate their child. Because of core behavioral and communication challenges associated with children with special ne..
Siblings Perspectives: Some guidelines for parents There is little doubt that those of us raised with siblings have been influenced by that relationship. Living with a brother or sister with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) adds more significant and uniq..
Autism in the Spotlight after Dr. Wakefield’s Vaccine Study Declared Fraudulent During a week when Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s study linking vaccines to autism was declared fraudulent in a lengthy report by The British Medical Journal, there are a numb..
Parents are invested in improving their child’s vocabulary and reading skills. This is especially import for a child who has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This article provides a different spin on parent opportunities to help one’s child buil..
Autism insurance coverage California advocates and families of children with autism had reason to celebrate this week as Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced amended legislation that would provide individuals with autism and pervasive dev..
Lisa Valerio is a mother of a 6.5-year-old beautiful boy named Nathan. Nathan was a happy and easy baby that met all his developmental milestones. Then a month after his 2nd birthday, his development began to shift. Words began disappearing from his reper..
New Study Released by the UC Davis Mind Institute The new study released today by the UC Davis Mind Institute increases the risk rate of having a second child with autism to be nearly 19 percent. Previously estimated at between 3 and 10 percent, the Mind ..