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 […]

How to Choose a Clinician to Evaluate for ASD

So you have concerns that you or your child may have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). What should you do? Who can you turn to? How do you find out for sure? The only way to know for sure is to have an evaluation by a doctor or other clinician with experience with ASD and with other related conditions that may look similar to ASD. It is probably a good idea to contact two or three clinicians […]

Spread The Word INCLUSION

‌Save the Date! For our New 2019 Campaign Over the past several years, you have stepped up and helped us Spread the Word to End the R-Word, which started the conversation on respect. Now, to continue this important conversation, the Golisano Foundation, Special Olympics and Best Buddies are building on these efforts in a new campaign called, Spread the Word Inclusion, to stop all types of discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. This year’s day […]

Why it may be more difficult for individuals with ASD to Maintain a Healthy Weight

Rigidity, sensory sensitivities, coordination difficulties, and sleep dysfunction often go together with an autism diagnosis. They present their own challenges, but these symptoms can also put a child at risk for being overweight or obese and for diabetes or heart disease later as an adult. Although eating a balanced diet, getting enough exercise, and good sleep habits can be hard for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), there are strategies parents can use to help […]