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5 Tough Situations for Kids With Sensory Processing Issues

5 Tough Situations for Kids With Sensory Processing Issues | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Kids with sensory processing disorder can have trouble getting ready for school and at restaurants. Learn more common triggers of sensory problems in children at Understood.org.
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Issue 28 - Sharing the Love - Autism Parenting Magazine

Issue 28 - Sharing the Love - Autism Parenting Magazine | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Dear Readers, It’s February and love is in the air! As Valentine’s Day approaches one can’t help but envision lovely long-stemmed red roses, exquisite chocolates and maybe a cozy, candlelit dinner. It’s tradition, after all, to celebrate this day with romance. As with any commercialized holiday, however, it’s easy to get a little caught up …
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New school an option for kids struggling with autism

New school an option for kids struggling with autism Worcester Telegram WORCESTER — Children and adolescents with autism, particularly those with behavioral issues who are struggling in a local public school setting, have a new option available to...

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Asperger’s vs. High-Functioning Autism: Understanding the Difference

Asperger’s vs. High-Functioning Autism: Understanding the Difference | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Is it Asperger Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism? http://t.co/AqhOKJL8Hz #autism #ASD

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"Autism is one of those words that people have heard but very few understand”

"Autism is one of those words that people have heard but very few understand” | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Autism is one of those words that people have heard but very few understand

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Question – What do individuals with autism think about Valentine’s Day?

Question – What do individuals with autism think about Valentine’s Day? | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Saint Valentine’s Day – It is of course St Valentine’s Day tomorrow, Feb 14 and we thought that it would be an interesting  idea to reach out to the autism community over on Reddit. We asked the following question.

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Autism Daily Newscast's curator insight, February 16, 3:03 AM

For our March Issue of ASDigest we are focusing on romance. Look for it on news stands next week.

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Portland women create better primary care experience for adults with autism

Portland women create better primary care experience for adults with autism | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Portland, Ore. — While trying to find her way through the best care she could give for her 3-year-old son who was diagnosed with autism, Christina Nicolaidis chanced upon meeting Dona Raymaker, a 43-year-old with ASD.

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Autism Research: February 13, 2015 Week in Review

Autism Research: February 13, 2015 Week in Review | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Behavioral therapy helps manage pica in ASD Findings of a new study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders suggest that pica can be managed well with behavioral therapy.

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Autism Daily Newscast's curator insight, February 16, 4:31 AM

Our weekly roundup of #autismresearch for last week.

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Best Ways To Understand What Conversation Is

Best Ways To Understand What Conversation Is | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory.   Emily Post My Attempt at Brazilian Conversation I grew up in Brazil, South America. I attended a Brazilian, Portuguese speaking school, from kindergarten through fourth grade. […]

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My Ultimate Top 10 Autism Dating Articles

My Ultimate Top 10 Autism Dating Articles | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Here’s a list of the ultimate Top 10 Autism Dating Articles from this blog, Thrive with Aspergers. I went through the WordPress statistics for my site, searching for the 10 most popular/viewed articles on dating since I started the blog. Here’s what I found, listed from #10 to #1! #10 Who Else Wants Friendship and Dating Tips […]

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BPS Research Digest: Children with autism are less susceptible to the rubber hand illusion

BPS Research Digest: Children with autism are less susceptible to the rubber hand illusion | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it

The ability to tell where our bodies end and the rest of the world begins comes so naturally we tend not to give it much thought. In fact the brain mechanisms underlying bodily-identity are a vital part of basic social functioning. Given that social difficulties are a central part of autism, a team of US researchers led by Carissa Cascio wondered whether autism might be associated with differences in these basic mechanisms underlying body ownership.


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Factory Transmedia launches preschool series based on Autism Spectrum - Kidscreen

Factory Transmedia launches preschool series based on Autism Spectrum - Kidscreen | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
KidscreenFactory Transmedia launches preschool seriesKidscreenNewly established prodco Factory Transmedia has launched its first preschool IP called Ribbit, Rabbit, Robot (working title), which will make its debut at next month's Cartoon Forum in...

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Lydia Y. Lin's curator insight, March 25, 2013 12:52 AM

Really helps preschool kids understand characteristics of Autism through digital media and cartoons. Good tool for teachers to promote inclusivity and understanding. 

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Autism & Learning | Online College Tips – Infographic

Autism & Learning | Online College Tips – Infographic | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it

Autism is a neural development disorder that affects 1.5 million Americans. It impacts how a person thinks, learns and experiences the world. For more information about Autism & Learning check out this infographic.


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When Aspergers Syndrome goes Undiagnosed

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Autism has been in the spotlight for many years.  In movies, television, and novels, autistic characters are portrayed to have social difficulties, repetitive movements or tics, and often nearly superhuman mental capacity.

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Language and autism: what every social care professional should know

Language and autism: what every social care professional should know | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
What professionals say when working with autistic people and their families is important. Blogger Paddy-Joe Moran offers some advice

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Apps for Autism

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When in comes to choosing the right Apps for Autism, a little bit of investment may go a long way. Both  iTunes and the Android app store have heaps of apps designed specifically to help children with varying types of autism and ADHD.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, February 14, 7:14 AM

Together we can share resources that empower the voices of people whose voices are challenged by autism.

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Swinburne to run autism course

Swinburne to run autism course | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
A free six-week course designed to give parents, families and carers practical advice on the day-to-day care of people with autism is to be run by Swinburne University.

Running for six weeks from April 2015, the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) will draw on the stories and experiences of individuals, carers and experts in the field.

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Julie Irwin - National Disability Coordination Officer: Eastern & Central Queensland's curator insight, February 13, 1:52 AM

Great to see this on-line course available for parents, families and carers to support and share information together.

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Autism Not Linked to Labor Induction, Augmentation

Autism Not Linked to Labor Induction, Augmentation

Caroline Helwick

February 11, 2015

 

SAN DIEGO — Birth complications during labor and delivery do not increase a child's risk for autism spectrum disorder, delegates heard here at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) 2015 Annual Pregnancy Meeting.

The findings conflict with a previous study on this issue, even though the epidemiologic approaches of the two studies were similar and both groups used birth records and an education research base to identify autism (JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168:191-192).

The conflicting results could be related to "differences in population characteristics and methodologic approach, including the management of confounding variables," explained investigator Erin Clark, MD, from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

In the United States, one in every 68 children is diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2002 to 2010, its prevalence increased 120%.

"The explanation for this increase is multifactorial and at least partially due to changes in case ascertainment," Dr Clark said. "How much is due to a legitimate increase in case prevalence is unclear, but it is a source of great concern. The hunt for risk factors is on, as we seek etiologic clues and possible prevention and treatment strategies."

Environmental Triggers, Genetic Risk

Autism arises most often when environmental triggers combine with genetic risk. Data on perinatal risk factors are conflicting. However, because alterations in oxytocin and oxytocin signaling have been linked to autism, the induction and augmentation of labor have been of interest.

Previous research has demonstrated an association between induction or augmentation and autism that persisted after confounders were controlled for, but a meta-analysis found no link (Pediatrics. 2011;128:344-355).

Dr Clark and her team obtained data from the Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. The collaborative program of the Utah Department of Health and the University of Utah identifies children with autism in a four-county surveillance area, which represents 70% of Utah's population.

The team examined the records of children born from 1998 to 2006. They compared 2547 children who had received a diagnosis of autism before 2012 with 166,238 children who were born without congenital anomalies or aneuploidy at 24 to 42 weeks of gestation and who weighed at least 400 g at birth. They obtained information on induction and augmentation from birth certificates.

The prevalence of autism in the study cohort was one in 65. The breakdown by sex was one in 45 males and one in 130 females, which is consistent with the prevalence in the United States of 3 males to 1 female. Overall, 33% of the deliveries involved the induction of labor and 25% involved augmentation.

After potential confounders related to socioeconomic status, maternal health, pregnancy-related events and conditions, and birth cohort were controlled for, the odds of a diagnosis of autism were not significantly higher in children exposed to induction or augmentation than in those not exposed to either.

Table 1. Association Between Autism and Induction or Augmentation

Patient GroupAdjusted Odds Ratio95% Confidence IntervalP ValueInduction and augmentation0.8970.753–1.070.23Induction only0.9590.864–1.065.43Augmentation only0.9780.870–1.100.71

 

A sex-stratified analysis of 85,956 males and 82,874 females yielded similar results.

"In adjusted models, males had a three-fold higher risk of autism, compared with females," Dr Clark reported. "Other variables had a relatively small but statistically significant association with autism spectrum disorder."

Table 2. Other Variables Associated With Autism

VariableAdjusted Odds RatiosMale sex3.00Composite neonatal morbidity1.70Birth before 34 weeks of gestation1.46Large for gestational age1.31Smoking1.29Small for gestational age1.26First child1.25Cesarean delivery1.14Prepregnancy body mass index1.04Pregnancy weight gain1.01Maternal age1.01

 

 

One of the strengths of this study, said Dr Clark, is that it "carefully considered the relevant confounders."

She explained that the findings join the "preponderance of current literature, including a meta-analysis, that refutes the association" between induction or augmentation of labor and autism.

"Our findings support the current recommendation from the SMFM and ACOG, which advises against a change in current guidance regarding counseling and indications for, and methods of, labor induction and augmentation," she said.

"This is a brilliant paper and I think in these days of hysteria, it is very timely," said Laxmi Baxi, MD, from the New York University Langone Medical Center and Columbia University in New York City.

Interest High

The study is a "wonderful model to show how we can perform evidence-based public health studies," added Qing Li, MD, DrPH, from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

However, some concerns were raised because the study lacked information on the exact method and the agent used for induction or augmentation. "Not having this information makes the study less reliable," said a member of the audience.

"Not knowing the oxytocin variables is critical," said Dr Clark. "We think a huge step forward would be to have detailed exposure data from a modern obstetric cohort with well-validated case ascertainment. That would give us additional reassurance on this subject."

The findings from this study "conflict with previous studies," but it provides more detail than others have, Brian Mercer, MD, from the MetroHealth Medical Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, who is immediate past president of the SMFM.

"However, no study yet provides the depth of detail one would want to answer all the questions," Dr Mercer told Medscape Medical News.

Dr Clark and Dr Mercer have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) 2015 Annual Pregnancy Meeting: Abstract 6. Presented February 5, 2015.

 


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Autism acceptance hard to find in Kuala Lumpur

Autism acceptance hard to find in Kuala Lumpur | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
Kuala Lumpur - Families with autism are getting the cold shoulder as support for the learning difference is slow to arrive.

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Autism Daily Newscast's curator insight, February 16, 4:29 AM

Awareness of #autism in other parts of the world a challenge.

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Autism’s Women’s Network: Autism and Race Anthology

Autism’s Women’s Network: Autism and Race Anthology | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
The Autism Women’s Network was created by Autistic women as a way to create a diverse community supporting allies, friends, and advocates.

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Autism Daily Newscast's curator insight, February 16, 4:30 AM

An #autism project worth reading about.

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53 Questions To Ask That Will Change Your Relationship

53 Questions To Ask That Will Change Your Relationship | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
There are no right or wrong answers to these 53 relationship questions, just some reflections to your relationship.

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Glori R Zeltzer, MFT's curator insight, March 24, 2014 12:52 PM

Wow, pick a question, any question....open your heart and listen!

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Famous People With Aspergers: Tim Page

Famous People With Aspergers: Tim Page | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it
"The features of character are carved out of adversity." Paul Barnett.Click To TweetPowered By CoSchedule When I think of famous people with Aspergers, Tim Page is one person who comes to mind. Tim Page is an American writer, editor, Pulitzer Prize winning music critic, producer, and professor. We can learn much from famous Asperger adults […]

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Steve Borgman's curator insight, October 6, 2014 8:02 PM

Famous people with Aspergers can teach us valuable life lessons. Tim Page's writings, life, and career can help you on your own life journey.

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Autism symptoms reversed in mice

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Neural 'hyperconnections' caused by runaway protein production can be undone.

As diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder rise, the need for effective therapies has increased in urgency. Today, a paper in Nature describes two ways of reversing autism-like symptoms in a new mouse model of the condition. (...) - by Dan Jones, Nature news, 21 November 2012

 

Source :  Gkogkas, C. G. et al. Nature 


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Why early diagnosis of autism in children is a good thing

Why early diagnosis of autism in children is a good thing | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it

Many children with autism are put on waiting lists and miss out on early behavioural interventions and other benefits because health professionals are reluctant to diagnose autism early out of fear of labelling young children.


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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Millenium Cohort Study based at the Institute of Education University of London

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Jobs for people with autism: A New Leaf nurtures people, plants | Tulsa World

Jobs for people with autism: A New Leaf nurtures people, plants | Tulsa World | Autism Parenting | Scoop.it

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Patty Ball's curator insight, March 6, 2013 11:30 AM

jobs for those with developmental disabilities