This conversation usually occurs when parents are driving, cooking or otherwise engaged, and the idea of a “free” babysitter to occupy children’s attention for a much-needed ten or fifteen minutes can be too tempting to pass up.Read more
Archive: October 2012
New research finds that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) begin their life with normal development until they reach six months of age.
This finding is a result of the largest prospective, longitudinal study to date comparing children with early and later diagnosis of ASD with children without ASD.Read more
In 1990, 6 out of 10,000 children were diagnosed with autism by age 5 in California. In 2001, it was 42 in 10,000 — a 600 per cent spike.
For the past 10 years, Irva Hertz-Picciotto has tried to discover what environmental factors could account for that staggering increase. And she thinks not enough other researchers are trying to do the same.Read more
A few weeks ago, a study was published that I hope will dispel the fears of parents and caregivers of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who have been worried about proposed changes in diagnoses. As a clinician who has seen families and people with ASD almost every day of my life for more than 30 years,Read more
The App Store is booming with fun and creative apps, ideal for keeping your kids entertained for hours. With Halloween just a few weeks away, here are a few apps for you to load on your smartphone to get your family in the Halloween spirit!Read more
In a newly planned trial, recently approved by the FDA, researchers will examine whether stem cells obtained through umbilical cord blood at birth may be an effective treatment for children with autism.Read more
Learning to read is a major milestone in a child’s life. Until the advent of tablets, smartphones and electronic reading devices, however, it was one that required books, flashcards and other learning aides. With the widespread popularity of Apple’s iPhone and the wide array of applications available in the App Store, today’s child can learn to read while using a parent’s phone, rather than books or physical flashcards….Read more
Tales of children with autism spectrum disorders who wander off, or “elope,” as it is known in the field, have been largely anecdotal. Now research just published in the journal Pediatrics shows that half of kids with ASD do roam, putting themselves in danger with sometimes tragic results.Read more