As a certified holistic health counselor and a mother, I’ve had my share of experience helping children with disabilities. Over the next three weeks, I will be featuring three disabilities that are increasingly prevalent: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.
As of today, there are no definitive tests to measure a child’s risk for developing autism. Since early intervention and therapy is key for at-risk children, such a test could be critical for managing the early development of a child.
My friend's dog passed away last week. As we talked about how she would discuss this with her eight-year-old daughter, I panicked and said "Just tell her the dog went to sleep." I know this is not the best solution. I know, rationally, that honesty is the best policy but my gut reaction was to protect this child I care about.
By Dr. Ayala Miller
Researchers recently announced the beginning of a FDA-approved clinical trial that uses umbilical cord blood stem cells to ‘cure’ autism.
Dr. Michael Chez, director of pediatric neurology at Sutter Neuroscience Institute in Sacramento, Calif., said he and his colleagues have been processing the trial for more than a year now, and they have high hopes it will succeed.
Autism is a national epidemic, yet challenges remain in making the right diagnosis and identifying the right tools to make a diagnosis. Adding to the confusion, many children who place on the autism spectrum also may have other neurological disorders, and sometimes, other neurological disorders can even be mistaken for autism.
A recent study examining autistic children found that almost half of them had wandered off at least once – many being gone long enough to raise concern. Some had tried to run off multiple times.
The most common places the children wandered from were their homes, their school or a store. Often, the kids usually sought a place they enjoyed, in order to...
As a doctor, and a parent of a child with autism, I get a lot of questions from other parents of children on the spectrum. I'm taking this opportunity to address some of your concerns.
According to recent news reports, pharmaceutical giants like Roche, Novartis, and Seaside Therapeutics are racing to make medications that will relieve some of the behavioral problems caused by autism and Fragile X syndrome.
Parents are children’s first teachers and never is this more true than for families of children with Autism. You take her to play dates, sports, therapies, and school and are expected to facilitate her participation in each. Your child needs guidance in a number of areas and you’re not sure when and how to jump in.