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Can A Person With Autism Lead A Normal Life?

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When parents find out that their child has autism, they often want to know if their child will be able to lead a “normal” life. There are just so many differences in each case of autism that it’s impossible to predict how “normal” a person’s life will be. The term “neuro-typical” or “NT” has replaced the word “normal” in the ... Read More »

How Does Autism Affect Learning?

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Every child with autism is different. It is called a spectrum disorder because there is so much variation in how autism expresses itself. In general, when it comes to learning, the most common problem that children with autism have is difficulties with language. Both listening (receptive language) and speaking (expressive language) are affected in someone with autism. Because of difficulties ... Read More »

5 Early Signs of Autism (Video)

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5 Early Signs of Autism Parents worry about whether their child may have autism.  While there is no biological test for autism, yet, certain behaviors are often seen in children who will be diagnosed with autism.  If your child, grandchild, or student has any of these five behaviors, its time to go to the pediatrician for further investigation. The MIND ... Read More »

What Causes Autism?

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While research is in progress to determine the answer to the question, “What Causes Autism,” there continues to be a huge debate about this.  There are many potential causes of autism, but no one cause has been proven yet. Research is ongoing and hopefully we will get to the bottom of this soon. In the meantime, below is a list ... Read More »

What Is Autism?

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Autism is also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. Autism is a syndrome, which means it has many characteristics and symptoms, making every person with autism different from one another. It is said, “If you know one person with autism, you know one person with autism.” To put it simply, autism is a condition which affects a person’s ability ... Read More »

Some Words You Need To Know About Autism

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Applied Behavior Analysis: Therapy originally designed by Dr. Lovaas at UCLA.  Uses a method of teaching language and behaviors by reinforcement.  Currently, the only “approved” treatment for autism.  Supported by extensive clinical evidence. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD): This is a disorder where a person isn’t able to focus on the task at hand and often has impulsive or challenging behaviors. ... Read More »

Mealtimes With Autistic Family Member (Video)

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Sue asks how she can improve her child’s eating behaviors. Children with autism are often picky eaters, sometimes have difficulty sitting still, and can take longer to learn common manners than other children.  This trio of behaviors may result in the absence of family mealtimes.  I would like to suggest that mealtimes are worth working towards.  The benefits of family ... Read More »

#1 Learning Skill is Communication (Video)

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Parents, therapist and educators often ask which skills are essential for an autistic persons happiness and success.  The answer is simple: Communication. Watch this video to understand why. If you enjoyed this video, sign up for the Free Report and Newsletter. Further information on communication and other autism topics will be delivered to your inbox.   Read More »

Pay Attention! & ASD

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If he/she would just pay attention then… they would know what to do they wouldn’t be so impulsive they wouldn’t be lazy they would stay in their seat they would be organized they would do a good job  they could learn. Familiar words we have all heard, right?  Let’s think about the validity of these statements for a moment.  Focus and ... Read More »