Going to the Doctor/Dentist

Making Life Easier By Pamelazita Buschbacher, Ed.D. Doctor and dentist visits can be very stressful for young children. Routine check-ups can cause anxiety, fear and distress in toddlers and preschoolers. Some common fears for young children include: • separation from you; • pain and discomfort; • stranger anxiety; and • unfamiliar procedures and people. The following tips will help ensure that these visits are easier for you and your child.  Schedule smartly. When you […]

How Do I Protect My Wandering Loved One?

Wandering and elopement behaviors can pose unique safety risks for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Luckily, there are many accessible tools to help keep these individuals safe. Below, Milestones Autism Resources Program Director Beth Thompson, MSSA, LSW highlights some great tips and resources to utilize if your loved one is one of the many individuals with ASD who are prone to wandering. Take advantage of free resources – The National Autism Association is currently […]

Autism in the Teen Years: What to Expect, How to Help

Marina Sarris Interactive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger Institute What parent doesn’t watch their “tween” become a teen without a twinge of anxiety? Factor autism into the equation, and parents may well wonder how the physical and hormonal changes of adolescence will affect their child on the spectrum. How will typical teenage rebellion look in someone who struggles with behavioral control? What will it be like traversing the social minefield of high school for someone […]

10 Back To School Tips For Kids With Autism & Special Needs

Article by Ilana Danneman – Pediatric Physical Therapist 1. Do your research First, find out as much as you can about your child’s next year. Will they need extra support? Is the school aware of their challenges? Can you meet with your child’s teacher(s) before school starts so you can set a game plan that is comfortable for everyone? 2. Dress for Success Does your school have a dress code? Makes sure you include the […]

Prenatal Tdap Vaccination Not Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Study

A study of women who received a Tdap vaccination during pregnancy found no increase in risk that their children would later be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The study, “Prenatal Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis Vaccination and Autism Spectrum Disorder,” will be published in the September 2018 issue of Pediatrics. Researchers reviewed the records of 81,993 pairs of diverse pregnant women and their children who were born between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2014, at […]

Healthy Athletes at Special Olympics Games

People with intellectual disabilities (ID)—difficulty with thinking, learning, remembering, and reasoning—experience poorer access to quality health care and have poorer health outcomes than people without ID. Learn how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with Special Olympics to improve the health of people with ID. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted in 1990, has made a positive difference in the lives of countless people with disabilities in the U.S. The […]

Navigating the Road to Adulthood: One Family’s Story

Marina Sarris Interactive Autism Network Ruth Dunigan is proud. Her son, David, is excelling at a full-time job and managing his money well enough to buy his first vehicle, a silver Jeep Liberty. Those may seem like average things for a 25-year-old, but David is not average. David is among a tidal wave of people with autism who have made the transition from school to adulthood recently.1,2 His generation has had to navigate school and […]

Alzheimer’s, down syndrome vaccine trial his important milestones

AC Immune SA (NASDAQ:ACIU), a Swiss-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced two clinical milestone events related to ACI-24, its anti-Abeta vaccine against Alzheimer’s disease and Abeta-related cognitive decline in Down Syndrome, according to a release from NASDAQ. Prof. Andrea Pfeifer, CEO of AC Immune, said: “We are delighted with the progress of ACI-24, the anti-Abeta vaccine, derived from our proprietary SupraAntigenTM platform. In addition to the development in […]

Webinar: Human Trafficking and Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET Register for the event This webinar will highlight emerging trends, case studies, and best practices for providing supportive and comprehensive services for individuals with disabilities who are at risk or currently experiencing human trafficking. Discussion Topics Bias, stigmas, and risk factors that may lead to victimization Perspectives from researchers, service providers, and leaders to understand contributing factors to susceptibility to trafficking and discuss prevention Promising practices and service […]