Child With Autism Level 1

Understanding Autism Level 1

Your child is the most important person in your life, and you want the best outcomes for their future. You may notice, however, that while your child is able to focus on a task and is highly intelligent, they may have difficulties holding a proper conversation or understanding social cues.  There is a chance that…

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Autism Diet and Nutrition Tips

Parents and caregivers of individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, can face significant challenges during mealtime. It’s not uncommon to have tantrums, ritualistic eating behavior, or food selectivity and sensitivity. All of which makes providing proper nutrition difficult.  Ascend Autism works with families to address the underlying behavioral root causes of these…

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Diagnosing Autism

Autism or, more correctly, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that currently has no medical test to make a diagnosis. As such, diagnosing autism has always been a challenge. For many, a diagnosis came late in life or not at all. There have been some individuals who have been misdiagnosed yet still have a…

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Ascend Autism Development Milestones

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is becoming a more widely recognized problem in the US. According to the CDC, 1 in every 59 American children is on the autism spectrum, a rise of 15 percent over two years. Improvements in defining and diagnosing the disorder are at least partially responsible for this increase. Regardless of the…

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What is Nonverbal Autism?

Nonverbal autism means your child may not talk at all or may talk very little. A child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that has not begun to verbalize by the age of four is considered to have nonverbal autism. About 25% to 50% of children are impacted by nonverbal autism. Read on to find…

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What is “High Functioning” Autism?

No one likes being labeled. Since autism is a spectrum disorder, the characteristics can range in severity. Many people dislike the term “high functioning” autism. They feel it unfairly characterizes individuals into a set of symptoms. Everyone on the spectrum is an individual.  Many feel that those with the label of “high-functioning” won’t receive coverage…

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How to Diagnose Autism

If you’re a parent or guardian of a child, you always strive to do what’s best for them. You need to understand how to best support them as they grow up. A medical test can diagnose some disorders and help direct parents in treatment.  However, when you ask how to diagnose autism, you’re not given…