Nine Notable Sensory Essentials For Individuals With Autism

By Joelle Polisky In honor of Autism Awareness Month, a group of companies that create sensory tools for individuals with autism curated the Nine Notable Sensory Essentials to help individuals (and, especially, children) with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) navigate everyday life without sensory overload. Autism currently affects one in 59 children in the U.S. and their families. “Overwhelmed by all the products out there for children with Autism? You can feel confident about the Notable […]

Fecal transplant may improve behavior in kids with autism

Children on the autism spectrum have a less diverse gut microbiome, but introducing healthy bacteria seems to have long-term positive effects. About half a million people on the autism spectrum will become adults during the next 10 years, but the country lacks the resources to assist or care for them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Effective treatments for ASD include behavioral therapy, speech and social therapy, psychiatric medications, and dietary and […]

Autism, Unlocked

Years of uncertainty — that’s what you might face if your child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and clinicians struggle to find the right treatment to address specific symptoms. But there’s a different scenario: A genetic test quickly identifies the cause of your child’s disorder. This unique key — coupled with extensive research on thousands of other children with autism — then unlocks the answers that will guide your child’s treatment today and affect […]

Children with Autism, Developmental Delays More than Twice as Likely to Have Sleep Problems

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter Young children with autism are more than twice as likely to have sleep problems than typical kids or those with other developmental delays, a new study reports.Several factors profoundly affect the sleep of 2- to 5-year-olds with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), said lead researcher Dr. Ann Reynolds. They are more likely to resist their bedtime, have trouble getting to sleep, suffer from anxiety regarding sleep, wake up in the middle […]

12 Autism Symptoms to Bring Up with Your Pediatrician

By Markham Heid The sooner a health professional can intervene, the better off your child will be. The first years of a child’s life are a time of tremendous physical, cognitive, and social development. While those years are a joyful time for parents, it’s important that moms and dads keep an eye out for early symptoms or signs of developmental issues, including autism spectrum disorder, a cluster of disorders that affect brain development and can […]

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Communication Problems in Children

What is autism spectrum disorder? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. The term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment that people with ASD can have. ASD affects people in different ways and can range from mild to severe. People with ASD share some symptoms, such as difficulties with social interaction, but there are differences in when the […]

Sesame Place® Opens First Certified Autism Center Theme Park

By Derek Dunston            On November 10th of 1969, public television broadcasts graced the masses with history’s most beloved place for children; a place where only the most magical, fantastic things can happen and we can learn and love together – Sesame Street. Forty-nine seasons and 4,481 episodes and counting, Sesame Street has taught 7 million children, globally, each day, for forty-nine years; how to read, count and treat our friends no matter their differences […]

ABLE Accounts and Special Needs Trusts Can Be a Winning Combination

This article was written by The Special Needs Alliance (SNA). The Special Needs Alliance is a national organization comprised of attorneys committed to helping individuals with disabilities, their families and the professionals who serve them. Learn more about the SNA: www.specialneedsalliance.org.  ABLE accounts and special needs trusts (SNTs) are both financial tools for managing funds without affecting an individual’s eligibility for such means-tested programs as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). But that’s pretty much […]

Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration in Individuals with ASD

Many people are familiar with the five senses of hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, and smelling. In addition to these five, there are two other senses, the vestibular and proprioceptive senses. The vestibular sense helps people with balance. The proprioceptive sense helps people be aware of where their bodies are in relation to other things (for example, people or objects near them.) Sensory processing is the ability to use all seven senses to take in, process, […]

ABLE Accounts 2019: Top Questions

What are the ABLE savings limits for 2019? ABLE accounts are protected savings opportunities for people who have a significant disability with an onset prior to age 26. For 2019, friends and family can contribute up to $15,000 directly into an ABLE account. ABLE account owners who work, and do not have an employer- sponsored retirement account, may save up to $12,140 in additional savings from their earnings. Can I save income within ABLE to […]