For years, autism has gone largely undiagnosed or mistreated amongst the black community, as research and funding has been geared toward white, affluent communities. This has been a problem since autism came into public consciousness in the 1940s, but in 2016, it’s high time we find a solution. Autism first came into public consciousness as [...]
There are many advances in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) research, but one in particular showing great promise is the field of animal therapy. It is an alternative therapy that uses dogs, horses, and even dolphins to help autistic children gain better pro-social behavior through interaction with animals. Only a small amount of [...]
There’s a terrific internet advertisement making the rounds on social media these days. The video begins with the actor Idris Elba asking adults, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Each person Elba asks is noticeably flustered or amused. They don’t know how to answer a question that’s most often posed to [...]
All children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are unique. As families and healthcare providers work together to design the right treatment plan to care for a child, it’s important to remember that what works for one child might not be as successful with another. There are many different types of ASD treatments available. Many families [...]
The last decade has proven a golden age in autism research. Today researchers are getting closer to truly understanding the epidemiology behind the genetic, neurological, and environmental factors that contribute to the onset of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The research thus far has provided us an enormous amount of scientific data that is already helping [...]
What we eat can have a positive or negative effect on our mood and overall health. Parents and caregivers of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as autism, may need to pay close attention to the child’s diet, since some research suggests a link between food and autism symptoms. Some experts recommend gluten free [...]
Modern medical science has only recently begun to scratch the surface when it comes to understanding autism and other developmental disabilities. Though in name “autism” is roughly a century old, it has only been understood as a diagnosable, genetic disability since the 1970s. Given this timeline, many of the pioneers in autism care and research [...]
One of the more prevalent debates in the history of autism has been whether to use aversive or non-aversive treatment methods. Which method has more effective and longer lasting results? Researchers have overwhelmingly proven that...
Over the past 70 years, the medical community’s understanding of autism has evolved in both definition and implication...
Should you medicate your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and what approach should you take with medication? Read on...