Dance Therapy

Humans don’t necessarily need a language to communicate. Luckily, nonvocal and nonverbal communication come with numerous presentations. As...

Dance Therapy

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

Humans don’t necessarily need a language to communicate. Luckily, nonvocal and nonverbal communication come with numerous presentations.
As you may have seen in the last few posts, art is one of the most effective ways to communicate, like painting, drawing, and playing a musical instrument.
Having a pet, is another way to express feelings and interact with

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A Link Found Between Autism & Vitamin D Deficiency

A Link Found Between Autism & Vitamin D Deficiency

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

Up-to-the-minute, the definitive causes of autism haven’t been identified yet. However, two main reasons used to be greatly suspected:
1- Environmental (toxins and exposure to heavy metals) reasons
2- Genetic reasons
3- A combination of the above, since they are related
Now, a new combined environmental and genetic suspect has emerged, supported by series of researches, namely: vitamin D

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Is There A Link Between Autism And MMR Vaccine?

Is There A Link Between Autism And MMR Vaccine?

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

It has been an eternally debated topic, that the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine causes or increases the risk of developing autism.
Parents, especially those who already have children with ASD, are less and less encouraged to vaccinate their newly born babies.
In a recent research the JAMA (the Journal of American Medical Association) came up with

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Mikey Allcock, A Talented Painter And Pianist

Mikey Allcock, A Talented Painter And Pianist

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

Here is one more example of a gifted and talented teenager on the autism spectrum. I don’t believe it is just a coincidence, that individuals with ASD enjoy artistic brilliance and skills!
Mikey, a 16 year old teenager, was nonverbal until the age of 10, then gradually started talking. At school age, he couldn’t attend

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Make The Doctor's Visit A Pleasant Experience

Make The Doctor’s Visit A Pleasant Experience

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

One of the most common problems parents face on a regular basis is taking their child with autism to the doctor or dentist office.
Even if the environment was friendly and the doctor/dentist and team are patient, children with autism don’t like to be closely approached, or touched, let alone having any intrusion to their body.

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Iris Grace, A 5-Year Old Gifted Painter

Iris Grace, A 5-Year Old Gifted Painter

Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

Once again, children with autism continue to surprise us every day with their incredible artistic talents!
Iris Grace Halmshaw is a five year old girl from England U.K. diagnosed with autism at an early age. She has very poor speech and social skills. Her talent was discovered when her parents used painting to help her with

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Revolutionary Findings: Genetic and Environmental Factors are Equally Important Risk Factors

Nadia Shanab | autism

This is one of the largest and comprehensive studies/researches done on individuals (2 million) with ASD. Everyday researchers are getting closer to identify the causes of autism. So far, we have been saying that the major causes of autism are genetic factors, environmental factors, or a combination of both.
The recent research (published May 4, 2014) done

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“I Have A Dream”

Nadia Shanab | autism

April, the autism awareness month, is back! This is a perfect opportunity to express my hopes and emotions regarding autism in our daily life.
I hope one day people reach the point of accepting all individuals with autism the way they are. According to the CDC, the prelevance has jumped to one child in sixty-eight (1

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Low Doses of Antianxiety Drugs Rebalance Autistic Brain

Nadia Shanab | autism

A new research suggests that autism is characterized by reduced activity of inhibitory neurons and increased activity of excitatory neurons in the brain. Balance can be restored with low doses of drugs currently used in much higher doses to treat anxiety and epileptic seizures. The findings point to a new therapeutic approach to managing autism.
“Benzodiazepines”

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Number of Cases of Autism Is on The Rise

Nadia Shanab | autism

The reason of autism has not been found yet as we talk. However, the number of children diagnosed with autism is on the rise. The question will ramain: Is it because doctors can better diagnose it now? Or it is actually the real number of children born with autism is increasing?
According to the CDC 1

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