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New Autism Guidelines

New Autism Guidelines For the first time in more than a decade, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a full clinical report on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including new guidelines for the identification and treatment of children on the spectrum. The full report, Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder,…

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Speech Pathology for Autism

One of the defining characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a problem with speech, language, and communication. As with every other symptom of autism, speech difficulties can have an almost infinite number of variations. Some children may be completely non-verbal, while others only have trouble picking up non-verbal cues like facial expressions or hand…

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How to Find Autism Treatment

How to Find Autism Treatment The incidence rate of autism in the United States continues to rise. With a deeper understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and better methods for diagnosing it, more children than ever require treatment for this challenging and sometimes debilitating disorder.    Thankfully, treatment is much more readily available than ever…

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What Is Applied Behavioral Analysis?

As more children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and additional research is being done to understand and evaluate treatment options, applied behavioral analysis (ABA) has emerged as one of the most valuable therapies for children. Let’s dive into what ABA is, what it does, and how it can benefit your child now and…

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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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Early Signs of Autism

Detecting the early signs of autism is essential to being a conscientious parent. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a wide range of conditions challenging an individual’s social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and/or nonverbal communication.  Autism Speaks stresses the Center For Disease Control’s (CDC) report that one in 59 children are on the autism spectrum. Once…

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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…