Autism

Hey there! Welcome to our space dedicated to everything Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism is a multi-faceted condition, a spectrum that embraces a rainbow of experiences, abilities, and challenges. It’s unique for every individual, and we’re here to help you navigate this diverse landscape.

In this section, we’ll unravel the complexities of autism, but not in a textbook way. We want to paint a picture of autism that’s real, relatable, and human. Whether it’s understanding the early signs, exploring the different therapies, or finding ways to celebrate each unique autistic individual, we’ve got you covered.

For parents and caregivers just starting their journey, we’re here to help you make sense of a new diagnosis, choose the right therapies, and find the support you need. We’ll also share tips on how to encourage your child’s strengths and create an accepting, understanding environment at home.

And for those simply curious about autism or those working in the field—educators, healthcare professionals, researchers—we offer a wealth of resources to deepen your understanding and improve your practice.

So, whether you’re personally touched by autism or just want to learn more, you’re in the right place. Join us in exploring the world of autism, celebrating its diversity, and working together to create a more inclusive world.

  • How Much Does an Autism Evaluation Cost? See 3 Examples

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    If you’re considering an autism evaluation for your child, this in-depth guide breaks down the types of assessment you might consider and their approximate relative costs. We’ve even included case studies from three parents across America and how much they paid for a recent evaluation. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? It is estimated that approximately…

  • What Makes Autism Worse? 9 Key Factors to Manage

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    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that is characterized by challenges with speech, non-verbal communication, and social interaction, as well as repetitive behavior and obsessive interests. ASD impacts every aspect of a person’s life, and people on the spectrum will require some level of ongoing support throughout their lifetime. Autism covers a wide…

  • Understanding the F84.0 Diagnosis: Your Child’s Future & Health

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    For many families, having a child receive a F84.0 diagnosis code, autism spectrum disorder, can be a defining moment, marking the start of a journey filled with both challenges and opportunities. This diagnostic code serves as a cornerstone in understanding and addressing the unique needs of individuals affected by this condition. Understanding the diagnosis is…

  • Who Can Diagnose Autism? These 6 Types of Professional

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    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that can impact all aspects of life. Receiving a reliable diagnosis of ASD is life-altering, not only for the person receiving the diagnosis but for those who have relationships with that person too. Having a diagnosis can help all parties understand and support each other better as…

  • Understanding the RAADS-R Test: A Guide for Parents

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    Autism spectrum disorder is a condition that affects the way a person communicates and interacts with others. While the symptoms may differ from person to person, some common symptoms affect the majority of autistic individuals. Many individuals with autism have difficulty with social interactions, impairments in communication, intense interests in specific topics, or engage in…

  • How to Potty Train an Autistic Child: Therapist’s Top Tips

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    While working as a behavior technician in an autism clinic, I mastered the art of the diaper. I could put a diaper on a running child with one hand tied behind my back. During the kids’ time with us doing ABA therapy, we would also potty train them before they entered kindergarten. I’ve cleaned up…

  • Can Autism Go Away? The Science in Clear Terms

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    Parents all have nearly identical desires for their young ones; they want their children to be happy and healthy. So, receiving an autism diagnosis can understandably bring about feelings of fear and uncertainty. Parents may find themselves struggling with the news and seeking out any information or potential solutions. In doing so, they may come…

  • What is a Behavior Interventionist? A Plain Language Guide

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    Behavior interventionists are an important part of a team that provides behavioral support to families with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Their role is multifaceted, encompassing both the implementation of evidence-based strategies and developing relationships with key stakeholders. This article aims to provide parents with more information on who a…

  • Individualized Education Programs for ASD: What Parents Need to Know

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    Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are personalized educational plans that are created in a way that meets the specific requirements of students facing disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder. Each IEP is different, and the goals and guidelines within it are unique to the individual for whom it is created. These plans include overall objectives, services, and…

  • M-CHAT Screening: 7 Points Parents Need to Know

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    Pediatric healthcare professionals routinely screen for developmental delays at 9-month, 18-month, and 24-month wellness visits. However, they should also be specifically screening for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at the 18-month and 24-month wellness visits. Several screening tools can be used to determine if children are at risk for developing ASD. One of those tools is…

  • Can I Get Financial Assistance for My Autistic Child?

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    The process of getting an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis can be an already tough road for families. Unfortunately, receiving a diagnosis is often only the first step. Besides the stressors related to school and home routines, the financial aspect is often a big worry. Families can get hit with huge bills for the types…

  • Level 3 Autism: Guide to Treatment, Daily Life & Prospects

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    This article is a guide for parents on this particular level of autism. The goal of this article is to provide education and reassurance to families that have concerns about receiving an autism diagnosis or have just received a diagnosis for their child. What is Level 3 Autism? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition…

  • Level 2 Autism Guide: What Parents Need to Know

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    Embarking on the journey of parenting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be a challenging and enlightening experience. If you find yourself questioning whether your child may have level 2 ASD or have recently received a diagnosis, it is important to understand that there is tailored support and information available to directly address…

  • The Early Start Denver Model: A Guide for Parents

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    The timing of social communication development can make a big difference for children who are at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Many parents expect their one-year-old to be talking or saying a few words. However, language gets delayed because the prerequisite social communication skills are delayed or underdeveloped. This is why early intervention is…

  • Level 1 Autism: Key Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

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    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a disorder that typically involves deficits in social communication and interaction, along with restricted or repetitive patterns. These social deficits can include developing or maintaining relationships, inability to start or carry a conversation, failure to pick up nonverbal communication, or absence or decreased interest in others their age. Repetitive/restricted behaviors…

  • Autism Life Expectancy: What Parents Need to Know [2024]

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    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental condition that affects social interaction, communication, and behavior. The abilities of people with ASD vary significantly with some individuals needing a high level of support in their daily lives, and others who can live and work independently or with very little help. According to the World…

  • VB-MAPP Assessments: A Plain-Language Guide for Parents

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    The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) is a tool used in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). It provides Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and other educators with an effective way to determine the learning, language, and social skills of children with developmental delays such as Autism. This article will give you a better…

  • 31 Signs of Autism in Babies: What to Look for & When to Ask a Dr.

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    With the increased prevalence of Autism, many parents are keener on monitoring their child’s behavior and developmental milestones from infancy. It can be overwhelming or confusing for parents when their babies miss important milestones, or they begin to notice peculiarities in their behavior. If you type in “signs of Autism” in your search engine, there…

  • 11 Types of Therapy for Autism: Benefits & Costs Compared

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    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is often diagnosed in childhood. It includes challenges that are unique to each individual it affects. Some of these challenges can include difficulties in social interaction, engaging in repetitive behaviors, sensitivity to sensory experiences (like loud noises or bright lights), and difficulty with communication, just to…

  • Pivoting: Balancing Self-Care While Caring for Your Autistic Child

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    Have you ever been on a plane, watching the flight attendants perform their safety protocol demonstration? They always remind passengers to secure their own oxygen mask first if a cabin depressurizes before assisting others. Easier said than done, right? Before I had a child, self-care was easy for me to accomplish. After having an autistic…

  • How is Autism Diagnosed? Navigating the Autism Diagnosis Process

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    I didn’t always know my son was autistic.  Reflecting, I’m surprised I didn’t pick up on symptoms with my background in pediatric nursing. But I was also a new mom and in the thick of dealing with a premature infant who spent nine weeks in the NICU. I was just trying to survive and consumed…

  • 24 Key Autism Statistics for Raising Awareness & Understanding

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    As a spectrum disorder, autism affects everyone differently. With increasing awareness and improved diagnostic criteria, it’s crucial to explore the various facets of autism, including its prevalence, impact on individuals, co-occurring conditions, and available care options. In this article, we will delve into the statistics, challenges, and support mechanisms surrounding autism, and uncover valuable insights…

  • Understanding Stimming, Hand Flapping, and Other Repetitive Behaviors

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    Stimming is the common term used for self-stimulating behaviors. Stimming encompasses a number of repetitive actions and sounds such as hand flapping, spinning, and echolalia (repetition of words). Stimming is generally a harmless way for people to self-regulate. What does it mean when someone is stimming? Everyone stims to some degree. However, It is often…