Autism Spectrum Disorder

Pediatric Neurologist Writes Book to Help Children Understand Autism

Amazing Abe Has Autism! is a 20-page book meant for children of all ages, but specifically aimed at the age group between the ages of three and six. Read more ›

Rate of ADHD, Autism Diagnoses Higher Among Children on Medicaid, Study Finds

Children covered under Medicaid are twice as likely to be diagnosed with disorders such as ADHD or autism compared with those who have private insurance, a study published Wednesday by JAMA Psychiatry found. Read more ›

Infants With Autism Don’t Engage With ‘Baby Talk’

That sing-song speech parents use when talking to their babies is universal, and infants tend to prefer it. So, when a baby doesn’t seem to engage with this melodic “motherese,” or baby talk, it can be an early sign of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Read more ›

Autism Spectrum Disorder Tied to Higher Risk for Self-Harm

People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at substantially increased risk of self-injury and suicide, according to a new study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Researchers found that the odds of self-harm in people with autism spectrum disorder were over three times that of people without ASD. Read more ›

Google Launches Initiative to Hire More Autistic People

Google has announced an initiative that will prioritize hiring more autistic people by adjusting the way the company approaches the interview process to accommodate neurodivergent applicants. The company aims to train up to 500 hiring managers and others involved in the hiring process to be more effective and empathetic when interacting with autistic candidates. Read more ›

What Is the Latest Research on Autism?

As of March 26, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that among 8-year-old children, one in 54 are autistic. This number has increased from the one in 59 prevalence reported in previous estimates.

With autism rates on the increase, the scientific community has become all the more interested in uncovering the factors linked with autism. Read more ›

What It’s Like to Get an Autism Diagnosis After Years of Being Called Difficult, Dramatic and Lazy

During the first thirty years of her life, comedy script writer Sara Gibbs had been labeled a lot of things – a cry baby, a scaredy cat, a spoiled brat, a weirdo, a show off – but more than anything else, she’d been called a Drama Queen. Little did Sara know that, at the age of thirty, she would be given one more label that would change her life’s trajectory forever. That one day, sitting next to her husband in a clinical psychologist’s office, she would learn that she had never been a drama queen, or a weirdo, or a cry baby, but she had always been autistic. Read more ›

In ‘We’re Not Broken,’ Author Eric Garcia Takes On Myths About Autism

Whether you know it or not, you know somebody who is autistic.

So if you think autism doesn’t affect you, you’re wrong, says Eric Garcia, a senior Washington correspondent for The Independent. Garcia is the author of the book We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation. Read more ›

Parenting a Neurodivergent Child Is Hard! Self-Compassion Is the Antidote to Stress and Pain

Parenting a neurodivergent child can be exhausting. The stress, the worry, the ongoing lists of extra things to monitor and manage can seem endless. Often it feels like there’s no spare moment to do anything other than be on constant guard for what is coming or might be coming. Read more ›

Why Are People with Autism at Such High Risk of Developing Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders have a devastating effect on the lives of those affected and are associated with the highest mortality rates of all mental illnesses. While they can affect anyone, there is a higher incidence of people with autism who have eating disorders compared to the general population. Read more ›

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