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"To parents who recently discovered they have a special needs child: what you are facing is real, and it is hard, but you must know you are not broken... I know now that having an autistic child is not a tragedy, but an opportunity."
Researchers have identified certain key signatures in baby teeth that are unique to ADHD and autism spectrum disorder.
“The idea that vaccines cause autism is still going around. And the anti-vaxx movement, if anything, has perhaps only grown stronger over the last 15 years... The trend that we're seeing is worrying, " explained Anders Hviid, one of the researchers who worked on a study to prove, once again, there is absolutely no link between vaccinations and autism.
In language about disability, a vocabulary has evolved that suggests something is missing. This World Autism Day let's look at disability, not as something to apologize for, but rather as something to celebrate and embrace.
It's possible that some children diagnosed with autism respond to early therapy aimed at supporting their development and end up 'outgrowing' the condition.
When his daughter came home in tears with a disappointing report card, Shane Jackson did what any good parent would: he gave her a new, and improved, one.
2 April was World Autism Day and this year, the focus was on the empowerment of women and girls with autism. This is Sophie's story, highlighting that when our girls aren't diagnosed early on, they do not receive the support they need to help them flourish.
In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association stopped using the clinical term "Asperger’s syndrome", grouping the condition with other forms of autism under the term "Autism Spectrum Disorder" (ASD). Here an expert explains why the change was made and how it will impact families.
It is important to remember that your child can still have a happy and fulfilled life!
A mom caught this heartwarming moment on camera and it shows just how powerful music can be. Parent24 spoke to a registered music therapist, Caley Garden, to find out how and why this form of therapy is so beneficial for people with cognitive difficulties.
A pill used to treat fluid build-up shows great promise in treating autism symptoms in children.
A recent study has found that the majority of risk for autism spectrum disorders is from inherited genes and not environmental factors like vaccines.
Regal Cinemas in the US introduced the My Way Matinee program – a sensory-friendly movie-going experience that turns the lights up and the volume down, ensuring children who are on the spectrum, have sensory-processing disorders, or are just a little afraid of the dark, can enjoy a good movie at the cinema too.
This World Autism Day, South African organisations are advocating for more awareness and education around Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Action in Autism is the unique NPO providing autism resources and services to families regardless of their socio-economic status.
A dad has found the perfect way to help his autistic son calm down by transforming into a superhero.
Some children with autism need a little help when socialising with others in school, while others actually prefer having fewer friends. It might just be about finding what works best for your child and adapting accordingly.
While you might have planned out exactly when you'd like to settle down, get pregnant and expand your family, your body might have alternate plans.
Autistic characters in children’s books are few and far between. But it's important that children read about characters who are different or maybe even more like them than they initially thought.
For many parents, sorting the “normal” quirkiness of childhood behaviour from the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be anxiety provoking.
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