What will you be doing on Wednesday, April 2, 2014?

According to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in 68 children in the United States is likely to have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Affecting more children than childhood cancer and diabetes combined, ASD has been called “an important public health concern” by the CDC and the United Nations (UN) adopted a resolution recognizing April 2 as “World Autism ...
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Transitions and Independence

Every year about this time, parents and students find themselves thinking about the coming close of the school year. As with most transition periods, it can be a time of ambivalence – joy interspersed with anxiety or fear. Summer vacations, sun and warm weather ...
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What if PECS doesn’t work for a child?

A significant number of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have limited verbal communication skills. For many, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) provides them with an effective means of communication. This involves the child using a small picture to represent words and objects. In its most basic implementation, the child who wants something hands a picture of that something to the adult, ...
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The First 1000 Days

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that first appears in childhood. In spite of much research, there remains no known cause although there are many theories. A research project conducted by the Inova Translational Medicine Institute in Fairfax, VA might provide additional clues. The project will follow 5000 women and their babies through pregnancy to age 2. In addition to genomic studies, ...
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