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Autism and the doctor visit: Communication tips for success

Jessica Sachs @ Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:21

A pediatrician with Missouri’s Thompson Center for Autism shares strategies for making medical appointments run smoothly for kids on the spectrum

A pediatrician with Missouri’s Thompson Center for Autism shares strategies for making medical appointments run smoothly for kids on the spectrum 

By pediatrician Kristin Sohl, of the University of Missouri’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The Thompson Center is one of 13 sites in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.

As readers of this website know well, doctor visits can be a challenge for patients with autism, their families and…

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Autism and learning to respond to one’s name

Jessica Sachs @ Tue, 08/22/2017 - 10:03

Grandparents seek advice on encouraging their grandson to look their way when they call his name; strategies from an expert in the Autism Speaks ATN

Grandparents seek advice on encouraging their grandson to look their way when they call his name; strategies from an expert in the Autism Speaks ATN

My 4-year-old grandson has autism, doesn’t speak and doesn’t come – or even look up – when we call him. Can you give me some tips to teach him to respond to his name?

This week’s “Got Questions?” response is by psychologist Kenneth Shamlian, director of the behavioral treatment program at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The University of Rochester is among the 13 sites in the 

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Helping tweens and teens with autism master puberty health and hygiene

Jessica Sachs @ Sun, 07/30/2017 - 14:40

These Autism Treatment Network clinicians have developed two classes – one for boys and one for girls – built on the Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P puberty tool kit

These Autism Treatment Network clinicians have developed two classes – one for boys and one for girls – built on the Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P puberty tool kit 


By Kelly McKinnon-Bermingham, director of behavior intervention at the University of California-Irvine’s Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, in Santa Ana, California, and Nick Riley and Nick Tellier, graduate students in the center’s Families and Schools Together program. UC-Irvine’s center is one of 13 sites in the

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Adult son with autism argues alone at night: Should we be concerned?

Jessica Sachs @ Sat, 07/22/2017 - 15:30

Parents seek perspective: Is this just his way of coping or a sign he needs help? Advice and perspective from an expert in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network

My adult son, who has autism, is up all night, walking around the house talking to himself and sounding like he’s arguing. During the day, he's fine and high functioning. Is he coping with loneliness this way? Might this indicate he’s being mistreated by bullies?

Today’s “Got Questions?” response is by developmental-behavioral pediatrician Peter Chung, of the

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Help! My teenager with autism is literally pulling out her own hair

Jessica Sachs @ Thu, 06/29/2017 - 12:34

Advice and perspective from a behavioral specialist with the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network

My daughter is 16, on the spectrum and non-verbal. Sometimes she starts pulling her own hair out. Often it’s when she’s angry or upset. Sometime it’s out of nowhere. I’ve tried a bandana, hand fidgets. Currently she has a completely bald spot, despite getting a very short haircut. Her teachers says to ignore it, since it’s for attention. But if I ignore her, she will pull out more hair and bring it to me for a reaction. I need some suggestions.

Today’s “Got Questions?” response is by psychologist Cathryn Lehman, of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The medical center…

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