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Developmental Coordination Disorder

The “hidden” facet of autism spectrum disorder BY DR. SHELLEY MARGOW, OTD, OTR/L Clumsiness is an inevitable part of growing up, and all children bump into objects, drop things and sometimes fall in their journey to adolescence and adulthood. But there are some kids whose struggle to fully participate and learn new skills in daily activities at home, in the playground, and in the classroom is ceaseless. The cause is Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), a […]

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The Organization for Autism Research Competes for $50,000 Prize to Improve Lives of Young Adults with Autism

Vote for autism research nonprofit to reach the final pitch competition in Boston, MA Selected from 180 applicants, OAR is a nonprofit organization that promotes research to help families, educators, caregivers, and individuals with autism find much-needed answers to their immediate and urgent questions. Winning The Encore Prize will allow OAR to broaden Hire Autism, a program that connects people across the autism-spectrum with autism-friendly jobs, employers, and support, by adding Hire Autism Advocates. Over […]

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In Someone Else’s Shoes

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN She knew these parents care for their children each and every day, knowing the difficulties they face. These parents may struggle each day to do something as simple as transporting them to school. I’ve always wondered if there would be more empathy in the world for people with disabilities, or for families who are raising children with disabilities, if those not affected could live in our shoes for a […]

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Autism Science Foundation Announces 2017 Research Accelerator Grant Recipients

The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing innovative autism research, recently announced the recipients of its 2017 Research Accelerator Grants. These grants are designed to expand the scope, speed the progress, increase the efficiency, and improve final product dissemination of active autism research grants. This year’s award recipients are Antoinette Sabatino DiCriscio, PhD., of the Geisinger-Bucknell Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute at Bucknell University, and John Strang, PsyD, of the Children’s National […]

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Future Telling

Mark Batterson said it very well, “Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.” I was well on my way to living this way before Broden came into my life. Maybe I should ask Broden what his goals are for me? The first time I sat down with a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) was in Kansas, a few weeks after my son was diagnosed. He was two years […]

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A Story, A Song And A Kiss

BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN MCCAFFERTY He stands hesitantly at the door, my littlest love, watching as Justin and I rock gently back and forth on the glider that serves as our throne as I read his teen-aged brother one of his beloved Eric Carle books. I see him mid-sentence, and figuring he wants more pretzels or juice or something consumable I pause and ask him what he wants. “I want to say goodnight to Justin,” he […]

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Breaking Barriers

BY GRACE NAH AND BRITTNEY NORRIS Recently Tobii Dynavox, a leader in assistive technology for communication, expanded their mission for improving the quality of life for even more people through a new device called Indi™. This first-ever direct-to-consumer speech tablet provides a communication solution for individuals of all ages with speech and language disabilities, including those with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Rett syndrome and Intellectual disabilities. “We truly believe that everyone deserves and should […]

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Interventions For Autism We Found Useful With Our Grandchild

BY DENIS ROGERS, MD REMARKS FROM DR GILLIAN FORRESTER, PHD AND DR CLAUDIA GONZALEZ PHD We have a grandchild who was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum at around 18 months. She had seemed to develop normally up until the age of 18 months and then regressed. It was as if pathways in the brain, previously open, had become blocked. She is now seven and has shown amazing improvement. Her “stimming” (obsessive repetitive behavior) […]

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Health-Related Fitness Programs For Adolescents Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorder

BY YOCHEVED BENSINGER-BRODY PT, PHD, PCS, CHRISTOPHER EVANGELISTA, SPT AND DANA YEE, SPT Children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often receive physical therapy services from the time they are diagnosed (and sometimes even before!) through their school years. Typically, physical therapy goals are focused on helping these children achieve their gross motor milestones, such as walking and jumping, as well as improving quality of walking and balance. Despite receiving skilled gross motor-related services […]

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Embodying Development For Growth

BY DR. LORI BAUDINO, BC-DMT This article will glance at the common symptomology that links across the spectrum of children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The author will explore the varying degrees of etiology, the starting place for these children’s need for displaying such symptoms. And lastly, an approach that can aid the ASD community of parents, educators and clinicians in supporting their different treatment interventions. This information will allow you to […]