Last week while enjoying a glorious spring day with my family soaking in the Hershey Gardens, I noticed another family touring with their preschool child. His behavior reminded me of the kids with autism I home visited long ago. It was invigorating to see the intense focus he brought to the sights, sounds and smells of the Butterfly Atrium.Read More
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Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources
Offered by Linda K. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood DevelopmentRead More
April is National Autism Awareness Month
So let’s discuss some exciting research on autism spectrum disorders for families and practitioners. Autism is currently the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States. What sort of disorders are we talking about? The Autism and Developmental Disorders Monitoring Network (ADDMN) describes them as follows:
In honor of the end of Autism Awareness Month, in this post we share the experience of Dr. Emmanuelle Davison who assesses parenting in her work with families raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
According to a 2008 national study cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 88 children in the United States who were 8 years old were identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Although symptoms are usually apparent before age 3 years, the peak age for identification is 8 years. More recently a 2011-12 Centers for Disease Control survey of parental report showed the ASD prevalence of school aged children 6 to 17 years of age of about 1 in 50 in the United States. Because of its high prevalence, awareness of ASD is essential. Early intervention can make a big difference. Below is an example of how assessing parenting helped one family with ASD.