What do the genes say?

A lot of research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is looking at the genetic makeup of individuals with ASD and their family members for a number of reasons. If it can be determined that a specific gene or genetic combination is reliably related to ASD, then the presence of that gene or combination could be useful in arriving at earlier and more accurate diagnosis. It might also provide a genetic component to treatments that are likely to be of greater benefit to the individual.
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What is the latest in research?

A keynote speaker at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research spoke of the importance of cooperation and collaboration among agencies in order to develop new and effective interventions. This blog entry provides information about this research meeting, and introduces an online survey to help us better understand the needs of families.
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Siblings: The “Other” Children Impacted by ASD

According to the most recent data from the CDC, we know that more children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than have cancer and diabetes combined. But that does not really tell us how many children are affected by ASD. ASD also affects the families and communities of each of these children. This blog post talks about the extended impact of ASD, and links to a report
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TAP Helpful tips of the Week: Things I Can Do to Stay Calm

There are number of triggers that can cause a child with autism spectrum disorder to react frantically. Although different things trigger different children, it is always good to have a great plan prepared in advance. Below you will find a tip sheet which illustrates things your child can do to stay calm. Practicing these tips to give your child some learned ways to stay calmer.
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