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 to Stop Wandering: Some Tips for Parents

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Being a parent to autistic child is challenging but their love does miracles. Every child and every case is special and unique. Of course, parents have already surfed the Internet and other resources, including books, phone apps to help them … Continue reading

Shema Kolainu’s Small Miracles: Meet Yaakov

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With Yaakov (age 6), our activity schedule strengthened his independent play skills. Continue reading

Maine Family Moved Across State Lines For Better Autism Services

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A family from Carmel, Maine was forced to move after not being able to find services for their adult autistic child. The Levasseur’s are planning on moving to Virgina, where they hope to find help. Continue reading

Interpreting the Correlation between Infant Communication and Autism Onset

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Green’s intervention plan consists of training parents to recognize and interpret attempts at communication, fostering an interest in the infant’s changing attentions, and translating gestures into words to build verbal understanding. Continue reading

Video-based therapy may help treat infants at risk for autism

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Researchers are now studying the effects of an adapted Video Interaction for Promoting Positive Parenting Program (i-BASIS-VIPP), a new treatment for early onset autism in infants. Continue reading

Quick Behavioral Observations Frequently Overlook Signs of Autism

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Parents should not rely solely on a medical professional to detect a child’s autism, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. Research shows that bringing a child to a 10-20 minute pediatric behavior monitoring session is not sufficient … Continue reading

Early Intervention: How Effective Is It?

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Children are the most precious gifts that any mother could have. Before the child even takes its first breath of air in this world, a mother carries him or her for a full for nine months. In those nine months, … Continue reading

The Benefits of Early Behavioral Intervention

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A recent review provides evidence of the effectiveness of early intervention, specifically interventions with behavioral approaches based on applied behavioral analysis (ABA) principles. Continue reading

Autism & Epilepsy

 

Epilepsy is a brain disorder that is marked by recurring seizures or convulsions. It includes impaired social interaction and language development, which often leads to repetitive behaviors. The connection between these two neurological disorders came after another study that explored the mechanisms in the brain that are responsible for each and how they contribute to each disorder. For example, both disorders show patterns of impaired socialization.

A new study now examines the connection between the long-term outcome of epilepsy in autism and the epilepsy characteristics of adults with autism. The results estimate that nearly one third of people on the autism spectrum also have epilepsy.  Before these studies, many issues with behavior management and socialization for people with epilepsy remained largely under diagnosed, meaning these people did not have proper access to treatment they may have really needed.

This new research could mean that adults with epilepsy would be able to benefit from a wide range of autism treatment services and improving their overall quality of life. The highest epilepsy incidences actually happen within a child’s first year after being born. Each year, approximately 150,000 children and young adults in the U.S have a single seizure and 30,000 end up being diagnosed after they experience more seizures.

Some epileptic symptoms that are commonly overlooked by parents include:

–      Prolonged staring

–      Uncontrolled jerking of the arms and legs

–      Lack of response from verbal stimulation

–      Shaking or loss of balance

–      Smacking of the lips

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