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Parents & Educators, Get Ready For A New School Year Now

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

A new school year is around the corner and about to start! Parents and educators are you ready? Here are some tips to help you get off on the right foot. Bear in mind, there are three main goals in raising and educating children with autism that we are working on: Independence Improve Social Skills Improve Communication [&hellip

Get Ready For A New School Year

Get Ready For A New School Year

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

Soon school will be back in session and classrooms will open their doors to welcome their students, both new and returning. It is never early enough to prepare your child with autism for a new transition in her life. Below you will find some helpful tips to get a smooth start of a new school [&hellip

Mothers Of Children With Autism & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Mothers Of Children With Autism & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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

Mothers of kids with autism suffer from the same disorder which combating soldiers suffer from “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD). But mothers of adolescent and adult children with autism in particular suffer the most. It is understandable that living under stress and being hyper vigilant and in a state of emergency for years can take [&hellip

A Link Between Autism And Gastrointestinal (GI) Issues

A Link Between Autism And Gastrointestinal (GI) Issues

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

“Scientists from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have discovered a link between autism and gastrointestinal issues. A new study found children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were two-and-a-half times more likely to experience persistent gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms as infants and toddlers than children without autism.” Source The symptoms may vary from chronic diarrhea, [&hellip

How To Handle A Temper Tantrum

How To Handle A Temper Tantrum

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

What Is A Temper Tantrum It is a negative attention seeking that the child resorts to, in order to communicate her/his frustration in a socially inappropriate way. Usually the child’s frustration arises when a need or a desire hasn’t been met. Temper tantrum is a form of meltdown among others, like aggression, running off, and [&hellip

CHD8  Is The Master Gene Regulating Other Autism Risk Genes

CHD8 Is The Master Gene Regulating Other Autism Risk Genes

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

Causes of autism have not been definitely identified yet. However, there are several major factors contributing to the disorder. Among these factors the three leading ones are: genetic factors, environmental factors, and a combination of both. Research has never been so focused on the topic given the growing number of individuals diagnosed with autism. So [&hellip

Stanford Children's Health & Children's Health Council Offering FREE Program

Stanford Children’s Health & Children’s Health Council Offering FREE Program

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

Stanford Children’s Health and Children’s Health Council are offering a free program for recently diagnosed autism patients with Bay Area treatment resources. Find the details here. Parents of children with autism who enjoy a strong and stable marital relationship get the best possible outcome regarding their kids developmental progress. The day-to-day life of a family [&hellip

Why Early Diagnosis Of Autism And Early Intervention Is A Necessity

Why Early Diagnosis Of Autism And Early Intervention Is A Necessity

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

The scientific reason behind encouraging early diagnosis of autism, and hence early intervention, is the fact that the brain development in early childhood years is fast and able to acquire new skills. It has been scientifically proven that late diagnosis results in unchanged IQ, however therapy is very important to hone social communication skills. Refer [&hellip

New Test To Diagnose Children At Younger Age

New Test To Diagnose Children At Younger Age

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

A UMass pediatrician in Boston, U.S. has developed a new test to diagnose autism in children as young as 18 months. It is a game-like test that takes only 10 minutes. Eye contact, social skills, and communication skills are some of the factors to be tested. It is never enough to emphasize the importance of [&hellip

Stanford University: Low Levels Of Hormone Linked To Social Deficit In Autism

Stanford University: Low Levels Of Hormone Linked To Social Deficit In Autism

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

Dr. Karen Parker: “Autistic children who had the lowest levels of the  hormone vasopressin (similar to oxytocin) in their blood also had the greatest social impairment.” This research was  published July 22, 2015 in PLOS ONE. This finding gives hope that treating low levels of vasopressin in kids with autism, may improve social impairment and [&hellip