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A Checklist As Screening Tool For Autism (Age 16-30 months)

A Checklist As Screening Tool For Autism (Age 16-30 months)

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

This checklist does not diagnose autism, it rather evaluate the risk for autism. Afterwards if parents are continuously concerned about their child’s behavior, they should seek help for and evaluation with a developmental pediatrician, or a psychiatric, or a psychologist, or a behaviorist. Read below and make sure to scroll all the way down to [&hellip

A Lead To Reveal Causes Of Autism

A Lead To Reveal Causes Of Autism

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

There are so many ways to define autism, but a simple one would be : “atypical brain wiring”. For more definitions of autism read chapter one here. From the Harvard Review of Psychiatry: Some studies using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) techniques, started to uncover what might be a cause for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The [&hellip

Parents' Training Versus Education

Parents’ Training Versus Education

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

Wherever parents go, they keep hearing: “stay informed, stay tuned, raise awareness, …” Including myself, in autism-tips.com, I keep repeating: “knowledge is power”. It definitely is. But a new study has proved that training parents to handle serious disruptive behaviors of their child with autism is more effective than just educating them. The study offered [&hellip

How To Improve IQ And Reduce Autism Behavior

How To Improve IQ And Reduce Autism Behavior

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

“When you intervene early in a child’s life, you can make a big difference. We hope this translates to a higher quality of life for people with autism spectrum disorder,” said lead author, Annette Estes, of the new study, and director of the University of Washington Autism Center. The study is about Early Start Denver [&hellip

Premature Babies Are At Higher Risk For Autism

Premature Babies Are At Higher Risk For Autism

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

A recent research showed that premature babies have a different developmental behavior in their infancy than babies who reached their full term. Premature babies are at higher risk for autism, because their diagnosis comes at an older age. Explanation “The researchers were surprised to find that many of the babies who had averted their gazes [&hellip

A Simple Testing Tool To Detect Autism

A Simple Testing Tool To Detect Autism

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

Some kids with autism are non-verbal, which makes their diagnosis more difficult. A recent study found a new concept to diagnose autism. It is called the “Sniff Test”. The research showed that individuals with autism have a pattern in smelling. Whether the scent is good or bad, they sniff the same way, unlike typically developed [&hellip

Don't Mistake Childhood Apraxia Of Speech (CAS) For Autism Spectrum Disorder

Don’t Mistake Childhood Apraxia Of Speech (CAS) For Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

Autism and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) frequently coincide. Their symptoms “appear” to be similar. To make sure your child is getting the right treatment, you need to make sure you have the right diagnosis. According to a new study, about 65% of children with autism spectrum disorder suffer from a rare speech disorder called: [&hellip

A Glimpse Of Hope: Some Children Are Losing Their Diagnosis

A Glimpse Of Hope: Some Children Are Losing Their Diagnosis

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

A new study is showing how some children lost their symptoms and diagnosis with autism. The children’s social impairment was resolved and their cognitive functioning  (IQ) has improved. But even after the ASD diagnosis was lost, these children still struggle with some remaining learning and/or emotional/behavioral problems. These lingering problems, however, can be handled by [&hellip

Why Is It So  Hard To Find A Cure For Autism

Why Is It So Hard To Find A Cure For Autism

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

Parents with a child on the autism spectrum must be wondering all the time: “How come after all these years of research and still no cure or treatment is made available for autism?”. Actually, it is a complex problem because: 1- “It is currently estimated that 400 (four hundred) genes may be involved in the [&hellip

Autism Training Is Now Taking A New Dimension.

By Nadia Shanab | autism, general advice, parenting, tips

It seems like people’s awareness about autism is increasing, given the growing rate of the condition! This is great news! Awareness will make life easier and safer for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as for others who would encounter them. Your child with autism will eventually have to interact with [&hellip