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Author Archives: Dr. John Carosso

Dr. Carosso’s experience in the mental health field dates back to over twenty-five years in a number of capacities including as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and School Psychologist. He has worked in private, school-based, inpatient, residential, and in-home settings. His specialization is in the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of children and teenagers and, in that regard, he has conducted literally tens of thousands of evaluations with children, and families, of all walks of life.

Assessing gross-motor skills during an autism-evaluation is vital. Check out the latest:

An Oregon State University researcher has found a relationship between motor skill deficiencies and the severity of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in very young children. The findings, believed to the be the first to show a direct relationship between motor skills and autism severity, indicate that development of fine and gross motor skills should be included in treatment plans for young children with autism, said Megan MacDonald, an assistant professor in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. “Recognizing those deficits really early gives us more time to help children catch up to their peers in regards to motor skill,” said MacDonald, who is an expert on the movement skills of children with autism. The research was based on a study of the development and motor skills of 159 children ages 12 months to 33 months old, including 110 children with an autism diagnosis. Results were published ...

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Do You Want Better Meal Time Manner From Your Children? Check This Out!

If you want your kids to behave more like angels and less like little devils at the table, a new study from the US suggests you should try swapping the chicken leg or corn on the cob for small, cut-up pieces of food they can pick up with a fork and chew. Apparently, kids are more socially aggressive and disobedient when they have to hold and bite their food than when they can use utensils and chew it, say researchers from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Writing in the journal Eating Behaviors, lead author Brian Wansink, professor and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, and colleagues describe how they found kids aged 6 to 10 were much rowdier when given foods they had to bite with their front teeth – such as corn on the cob, drumsticks and whole apples – than when these foods had been cut ...

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Autism: Is it genes or environment? New research suggests both but focuses on the latter:

Though genetics are really important in determining autism, it’s not all about your genes: Environmental factors play a significant (but largely misunderstood) role in the incidence of the disorder. According to Autism Speaks, the role of the environment in autism is “a crucial area of study,” especially since the increasing prevalence of the disorder in recent decades has left many scientists wondering what’s behind the rising numbers. A new study — the largest one to date — examined how autism runs in families, and found that environmental factors are far more important in understanding autism causes than previously thought. Researchers at King’s College London, the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, and Mount Sinai in the U.S. reviewed data from Swedish national health registers, analyzing two million people — 14,516 of which had been diagnosed with autism. The researchers examined two measures of autism risk, heritability (risk attributed to genetic factors) and ...

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Hope Happens Here

The Autism Center of Pittsburgh and AutismLink offers guidance to parents of children with autism; we provide prompt referral to valuable resources, expert evaluation, counseling, service dogs, autism awareness seminars, workshops, respite outings, recreational activities, a 900 member on-line support group, an on-line store with therapeutic materials, a nation-wide resource network, and so much more. “The Center was founded 10 years ago, beginning with AutismLink, by Cindy Waeltermann, and to this day… provides services to children and parents locally in all of Western Pennsylvania through the Autism Center of Pittsburgh, and throughout the United States via AutismLink. We are a recognized 501-C3, running 100% on donations, volunteerism, and our on-line store where we offer discounted items. In that respect, donations go directly to local families struggling with the effects of autism in your community; yes, directly to the local community and directly impacting local families.” It is difficult to find ...

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New Screening Method Could Detect Autism In 9 Month Old Infants

Dr John Carosso states that actually, testing primitive reflexes has been used for decades to assess for any number of developmental conditions. See the article for yourself: The identification of two new biomarkers could help medical researchers identify autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children as young as nine months old – one year earlier than the average screening age. According to lead author Carole A. Samango-Sprouse, an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at George Washington University, head circumference and head tilting reflex are reliable ways to determine whether or not children between the ages of 9 and 12 months could be autistic. While the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that ASD can be identified in youngsters who are at least two years old, most children are not diagnosed until the age of four. While multiple research papers claim parents of autistic children have anecdotally noticed developmental ...

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