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Removing barriers to early intervention for autistic children: A new model shows promise

Acting on recommendations from the South Carolina Act Early Team, South Carolina changed its policies to pay for early intensive behavioral intervention in children under three revealed to be at high risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by a two-stage screening process. Previously, a formal diagnosis of ASD had been required. As a result, the number of children under three receiving early intervention grew

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As children with autism age, services to help with transition needed

One in 45 children is diagnosed with autism. As these children age, experiences such as leaving school, finding jobs and living alone can be stressful for adolescents with autism as well as their caregivers. Researchers have conducted the first study analyzing the perspectives of adolescents with autism to identify challenges as they “age out” of services. The researchers say these findings highlight the need

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Children with autism who live with pets are more assertive

Dogs and other pets play an important role in individuals’ social lives, and they can act as catalysts for social interaction, previous research has shown. Although much media attention has focused on how dogs can improve the social skills of children with autism, a researcher recently found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lived in the home.

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Playground Designed to Help Children with Autism Build Social Skills

New playground at Maryland’s The Shafer Center features equipment designed to encourage interactions July 28, 2014 (July 28, 2014) – The Shafer Center, a school for children with autism ages 2-8, in Owings Mills, Md., opened a new playground designed specifically for children with autism. Such playgrounds are becoming more common around the country. Kristen DeBoy, an applied behavioral analysis therapist at the Shafer Center, told

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Mental Health Awareness Month:Managing Anxiety in Children with Autism

The final post of Mental Health Awareness Month focuses on the common concern of anxiety in individuals with autism. To close Mental Health Awareness month, we want to focus on a common concern of anxiety in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Many activities that are anxiety inducing in typical children can also cause anxiety in children on the spectrum.  Dr. Jeffrey Wood, PhD, a

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Helping Nonverbal Children Speak

Researchers funded by Autism Speaks are using iPads to encourage speech among minimally verbal gradeschoolers affected by autism Researchers funded by Autism Speaks are using iPads to encourage speech among minimally verbal gradeschoolers affected by autism This month, the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry will be publishing the promising results of a study, funded by Autism Speaks, on the

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