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Autism Spectrum Disorder

‘He’s Incredibly Confused’: Parenting A Child With Autism During The Pandemic

Living with the pandemic has been difficult for everyone: the isolation, the need to wear protective gear like masks and gloves, the adjustment to working or learning from home.

For those living with or caring for someone with severe autism, those challenges can be exponentially more difficult. Read more ›

Autism Risk Estimated at 3 to 5% for Children Whose Parents Have a Sibling With Autism

Roughly 3 to 5% of children with an aunt or uncle with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can also be expected to have ASD, compared to about 1.5% of children in the general population, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Read more ›

Wearing a Mask Social Story for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum [downloadable]

This downloadable infographic provides a visual guide about wearing a mask to avoid spreading germs. Read more ›

Building Social Skills in Kids with Autism [presentation] [video]

We are rarely taught explicit social rules because we are just expected to figure them out. It’s quite complicated and many children on the Autism Spectrum struggle to navigate their social worlds. Learn the strategies and explicit skills that will help your child handle social expectations in their different environments. Read more ›

NIH Study Suggests Children of Mothers With PCOS May Be at Higher Risk for Anxiety, ADHD

Children born to women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may be at higher risk for anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and behavioral problems, compared to children whose mothers do not have the infertility disorder, according to National Institutes of Health researchers. Read more ›

17-Year-Old Boy with Nonverbal Autism Blogs to Reach Others Like Him

A few years ago, Mitchell Robins wasn’t able to tell anyone precisely what he was thinking. He lost the ability to speak when he was 4 and relied primarily on a system of pictures and limited sign language to tell his parents and caregivers what he wanted to eat or when he felt sick or how he wanted to spend his time. Then his parents realized he could spell.

Now Mitchell, 17, communicates deliberately, pointing letter by letter to a board that displays the alphabet. Read more ›

Largest-Ever Genetic Study of Autism Yields New Insights

Anyone who’s spent time with people affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can tell you that it’s a very complex puzzle. The wide variability seen among individuals with this group of developmental brain disorders, which can disrupt communication, behavior control, and social skills, has also posed a huge challenge for researchers trying to identify underlying genetic and environmental factors. Read more ›

New Data on Autism Spectrum Disorder in 4-Year-Old Children

CDC scientists published a report on the prevalence and characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among 4-year-old children. This report is based on information from the Early Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. Read more ›

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ASDs: What Are the Signs and Symptoms?

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. Scientists do not know yet exactly what causes these differences for most people with ASD. However, some people with ASD have a known difference, such as a genetic condition. There are multiple causes of ASD, although most are not yet known. Read more ›

Self Evaluation Checklist for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder [downloadable]

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have a variety of strengths and needs.

The following checklist was developed by Hannah Grieco, an education and disability advocate, as a tool to help your child or student develop a plan for support and a better understanding of his or her learning and communicating styles. Read more ›

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