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After an Autism diagnosis: 13 crucial next steps for parents

By Shannon Des Roches Rosa When professionals first started suggesting that my Leo might be autistic, I reeled. I didn’t know anything about autism at the time, except as disability version of a child-stealing bogeyman. When my son’s diagnosis was confirmed, I was terrified. And then I was depressed. And then I got to work on

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7 things every kid with Autism wishes you knew

By Carey Wallace • Time magazine every kid is different. So is every individual with autism. But if you’re looking to connect with a child living with autism, Ellen Notbohm, author of Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew, and the mother of an autistic son says keeping these things in mind can help.My senses

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Growing micro-brains from skin cells sheds light on Autism

  AND A POSSIBLE WAY TO REVERSE IT By Alexandra Ossola To understand the mechanisms behind autism, researchers grew miniature human brains from the stem cells of autism patients. The resulting “brain organoids” revealed that a genetic mutation causes the brain to overproduce inhibitory neurons, which dampens how signals are transmitted within the brain, according to research

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Autism treatment should include all needed therapies

Behavior-focused treatments for children with autism should not take precedence over other therapies those children may need, such as speech and language therapy or occupational therapy, says a “Dear Colleague” letter from the U.S. Department of Education. The letter states that some schools may be exclusively relying on applied behavioral analysis, or ABA, therapy, instead of looking

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Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of

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