Fear of Parents: autism and related developmental disorders.

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Expecting a child is a magical and worrying period of every parent time. Parents are very concerned about health and welfare their future child. Unfortunately, autism is turning into a real epidemic since the numbers of children diagnosed with ASD … Continue reading

How seasons influence the risk of developing autism in children?


Winter is a magical season… We usually wait for the holiday and for the presents, no matter how old we are. We start to believe in all good things, believe that this season will be special, our dreams will come … Continue reading

Taking anti-depressants during pregnancy provokes ASD


Pregnancy is a beautiful and stressful time for every woman. As we are all unique, our bodies and psychology react to this condition in a unique way. Moms know that alcohol, Tylenol, viral infections can influence on the fetuses’ development … Continue reading

Upcoming Round Table Discussion: Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder: New Clinical Treatments, Policy and Research Perspectives

Spectrum Neuroscience and Treatment Institute and ask Stefanie (mental health consultant) are excited for the upcoming Round Table Discussion entitled Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder: New Clinical Treatments, Policy and Research Perspectives. Speakers will discuss the new developments and current research in Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Our speakers for this event will include Eric Hollander MD, Stephen Shore EdD and Michele Robins PhD. Dr. Hollander is the Director of Spectrum Neuroscience and Treatment Institute; a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Director of Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Program at Montefiore Medical Center.

He is a renowned psychiatrist recognized for his achievements both clinically and in research. Since 2002, Dr. Hollander has been voted into the book “America’s Top Doctors.” Dr. Shore is a special education professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice needs of people with autism. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his books Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome; Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, and the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies. He is the President emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England and former board member of the Autism Society.

Dr. Robins is a licensed and school certified psychologist and a clinical/developmental neuropsychologist with expertise in the area of assessment of children, adolescents and adults with learning and emotional problems including ASD. As a past clinical associate at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Robins consults and lectures widely on the treatment of disorders throughout the lifespan. Dr. Robins uniquely integrates cognitive behavior therapy, family therapy and school consultation to create individualized treatment for individuals with ASD.

Where: Spectrum Neuroscience and Treatment Institute 901 Fifth Avenue NY, NY 10021

When: Wednesday April 24th, 2013; 12:00-2:00 pm

Cost: $100 per person

RSVP to: sw@askstefanie.com

*Please reserve your spot by April 22nd. Space is limited to 15 people.

One Third of Young Adults with Autism Lack Employment, Education

One Third of Young Adults with Autism Lack Employment, Education

A recent study has found that one in 3 young adults with autism have no paid job experience, college or technical schooling nearly seven years after high school graduation. Continue reading

Finding the Right Doctor for Your Child with Autism

Finding the Right Doctor for Your Child With Autism

Finding the right doctor to help your child with autism can be a difficult assignment. However, there are several resources which can help you including the approved Doctor Listing, which has doctors recommended by parents in the autism community. Continue reading

New Autism Treatment Delivery Method: Robot Boy

New Autism Treatment Delivery Method: Robot Boy - Hear Our Voices

Technology is a key area of development for autism treatment. Entrepreneurs at Arlington-based Hanson Robokind aren’t just writing software; they’ve created a new platform to deliver computer based lessons: His name is ‘Zeno’, a 27-inch life like talking robot and it set to be a game-changer in the world of treatment for mid and higher functioning children with autism. Continue reading

Researchers, Educators and Policymakers Meet in Jerusalem to Combat Escalating Crisis

ICare4Autism conference call for posters from students in autism research

On August 1-2, 2012, more than 1,500 leaders in autism research, educationand policy from every continent will gather in Jerusalem, Israel, for ICare4Autism‘s 2012 International Conference, “Autism: A Global Perspective“.

Dr.Joshua Weinstein, CEO & Founder indicated that the, “Conference will highlight groundbreaking research into the causes and treatments of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and serve as a catalyst for powerful new collaborations to tackle the global autism crisis”.

Students from around the world are invited to present their autism research at a poster session. One poster will be selected by the review committee to receive a scholarship to attend the Conference.  The scholarship will cover travel, hotel accommodations and conference registration fee. The scholarship winner will also be invited to participate on one of the Conference panels. The Poster Session consists of physical displays (aka posters) of information shown during a 60-90 minute session, with presenters standing by their poster reporting empirical research and pilot projects for future research.  Attendees have the opportunity to speak with the presenters about their work.

Dame Stephanie Shirley, The British Government’s Founding Ambassador for Philanthropy, and Chairman of the Shirley Foundation, will deliver the Keynote Address and The First Lady of Panama Mrs. Marta Linares de Martinelli will be giving opening remarks.

They will be joined by distinguished researchers and practitioners from more than 20 countries who will unveil their latest biomedical discoveries andeducational innovations. Attendees will tour the campus where ICare4Autism will open the world’s first Global Autism Research and Education Center in 2015.

Parents of Children With Autism More Likely to Get Sick

Parents of children with AutismStudies have found that mothers of children with autism and likely to earn less and that parents of children with ASD have higher rates of stress. However, there has not been a lot of research into the physical well-being of parents of children with autism.

The research led by NorthumbriaUniversity, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology this month, found that parents of children with autism are more likely to get common ailments such as colds, coughs and headaches as a direct result of the increased stresses linked to their caring duties. Continue reading

Study on Self-injurious Behavior could Identify Early Risk Markers

The Cerebra Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Birmingham is currently conducting research to hopefully identify early risk markers of self-injurious behavior.  They are conducting five complementary studies examining the amount, forms and causes of self-injury in people with autism. Continue reading