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What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
The Virginia Institute of Autism
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the process of using behavioral principles to teach new skills and increase desirable behaviors. ABA methods break skills down into small, measurable units and use high rates
of positive reinforcement. ABA is committed to objective measurement and data-driven analysis of behavior within relevant settings, like home, school, and the community.  ABA uses many different teaching strategies to increase and maintain desirable behaviors, teach new skills, and generalize behaviors to new environments or situations....
Dogs Work “Magic” on Kids with Autism.
"It's the magic of dogs."
That's how Karen Shirk explains the ability of service dogs to
help children suffering from autism.
"I'm sure there's some sort of scientific explanation," she says.
"But I call it magic."
Since 1998, through her nonprofit 4 Paws for Ability, Shirk has helped partner service dogs with people with a wide range of disabilities...
Children do not grow out of autism. With appropriate intervention, however, they can be assisted to gain many of the skills we take for granted, such as learning to play, to communicate and to respond to others in a social way. People with autism....READ MORE
FAQ's about Autism Spectrum Diagnoses.
What is a diagnosis?
A diagnosis is a categorical term that describes a group of behaviors or characteristics that, in most cases, are linked with a particular disease or disorder through cause, trajectory and
effective treatments....
Challenges Siblings of Children with Autism Face.
The "typically developing" siblings of autistic children are, in fact, the furthest thing from typical. Often, they are wiser and more mature than their age would suggest. And they have to be, given
the myriad challenges they face: parental responsibility; a feeling of isolation from the rest of their family; confusion, fear, anger and embarrassment about their autistic sibling. And on top of all of it, guilt for having these feelings...
What are some of the signs of ASDs?
People with ASDs may have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills. They might repeat certain behaviors and might not want change in their daily activities. Many people with ASDs also have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things. ASDs begin during early childhood and last throughout a person’s life.
A child or adult with an ASD might:

•        not play “pretend” games (pretend to “feed” a doll)
•        not point at objects to show interest (point at an airplane flying over)
•        not look at objects when...
Speech/Language Problems in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
A Neurologist's Persective/A Parent's Perspective  
Problems with speech and language are one of the defining characteristics of the Autism Spectrum Disorders. However, the difficulties that individuals with autism have with speech and language are very heterogenous and ...READ MORE
Study links child's autism with parents' mental illness
CHICAGO (Reuters) - In another sign pointing to an inherited component to autism, a study released on Monday found that having a schizophrenic parent or a mother with psychiatric problems roughly doubled a child's risk of being autistic....READ MORE
Tracing autism's roots
Move over vaccines. The most promising research into the disorder is emerging from the quest for the genes that underlie it...READ MORE
Mom Wins Fight For Autism Insurance.
South Carolina-- Ryan Unumb just turned 7 years old. He has
about 100 words in his vocabulary, even if they are difficult to understand. He's potty trained. He loves playing....
High stress for parents who are raising autistic children is no excuse for murder….
What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.  People with ASDs handle information in their brain differently than other people. ASDs are “spectrum disorders.”  That means ASDs affect each person in different ways, and can range from very mild to severe.  People with ASDs share some similar symptoms, such as problems with social interaction.  But there are differences in when the symptoms...READ MORE  
What Causes Autism?
No one is sure what causes autism. Through twin studies, scientists have determined that autism is a genetically based condition. If one identical (monozygotic) twin has autism then there is an 80-90% chance that the other twin will also be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. For non-identical (dizygotic) twins there is a 3-10% chance that both twins will develop autism spectrum disorder. The chance that siblings will both be affected by ASD is also approximately 3-10%...READ MORE
Autism Screening and Diagnosis.
Diagnosing autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) can be difficult, since there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorders.  Doctors look at the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis. ...READ MORE
Autism Study: Baby's Babble May Contain Vital Clues.
To a parent's ears, there's nothing more enchanting than the babble of a child learning to talk. Now research shows that those nonsense syllables could contain coded signals that a toddler is autistic...READ MORE  
Medications Used in Treatment of Autism
Medications are often used to treat behavioral problems, such as aggression, self-injurious behavior, and severe tantrums that keep the person with ASD from functioning more effectively at home or school. The medications used are those that have been developed to treat similar symptoms in other disorders. Many of these medications are prescribed “off-label” This means they have not been officially approved by the FDA... READ MORE
Autism Called Urgent Public Health Concern; 1 in 100 Children Affected.
Almost 1 percent of 8-year-olds have been diagnosed with autism and related disorders, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number is not a huge surprise; the same figure was reported in another autism study in October. But it's not every day that the CDC labels a developmental disorder "an urgent public-health concern." Language like that could provide more momentum for much-needed research into the causes of autism and more funding to test and develop autism treatments. It's high time; parents seeking help for their children find many treatments and cures promoted but few that have been rigorously tested...READ MORE
Autism:  To Cure or Not to Cure.
The autism community is remarkably diverse. Some of its members have autism, some have Asperger's syndrome, and some have "pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified" (PDD-NOS). Some are parents, siblings, spouses or friends of a person on the spectrum...READ MORE
Research Points to Genetic Link in Autism.
Scientists have long known that people with autism have brains that work differently -- their brain activity doesn't follow the usual pathways for speech, thought or social interaction. Still, the lingering question has always been: why?...READ MORE
A Genetic Clue to Why Autism Affects Boys More.
Among the many mysteries that befuddle autism researchers: why the disorder affects boys four times more often than girls. But in new findings reported...READ MORE
Lancet Retracts Controversial Autism Vaccines Paper
It was the scientific paper that served as a central pillar for the idea that vaccination could increase children's risk of developing autism. been published in the first place...READ MORE   
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