April is Autism Awareness Month! This initiative was launched over twenty years ago by the Autism Society with the goal of promoting "autism awareness, inclusion, and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life."
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Autism Spectrum Disorder - Raising Awareness: Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how individuals interact with the world and people around them. While people with autism may share certain difficulties, the condition manifests itself in different ways in different individuals. All people on the autism spectrum have their own ways of learning and developing, therefore the kinds of support needed will depend on the individual.
Mental illness refers to various disorders that affect a person’s mood and behavior. Today, there are more than 200 known mental disorders. While these disorders vary in terms of severity, there are several that impact a large portion of the United States. Here are 5 Common Mental Illnesses:
Temple Grandin, an autism activist, writer and professor's advice for parents is to start working with their child early. Interacting with them as well as "teaching them words." Temple Grandin also happens to be autistic.
There is no substitute for the parents when it comes to detecting early warning signs for autism. Parents are usually the first to notice developmental delays or quirks than a pediatrician would during a fifteen minute check-up.
A San Diego investigation team from SDS University’s Brain Development Imaging Laboratory are demonstrating the effects of autism on the brain and their implications.
Until recently, living with a chronic medical condition meant relying solely on family, doctors, and the people in your immediate area. And in many situations, due to schedule availability or location, patients just were not getting the care they needed when they actually needed it.
While most toddlers acknowledge and participate in activities such a peek-a-boo and other games with smiles or other positive responses, infants with Autism Spectrum Disorders, however, often find these experiences distressing to say the least. Because of this, a common response is to isolate themselves from all aspects of the experience, including the loved ones playing with them.
The April’s Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, reports an exciting new antibiotic med that is yielding significant observable improvements in the moods and overall functioning of children in children who have inherited Fragile X Syndrome (FXS).
A diverse, Vanderbilt University based, team of engineers, therapists, and autism authorities have developed an evolutionary therapy system to aid the social and learning skills of kids with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disease). What sets this system apart from other forms of ASD therapy is the fact that it utilizes robotics and advanced AI.