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Autistic Wandering Is A Big Problem, Check Some Things You Can Do To Help..

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Does Your Child Wander? Wandering is an everyday concern for many parents of autistic children, often causing additional stress. According to a study published in the journal of Pediatrics, 49% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will elope or wander from a safe place.  Fifty percent of these wandering children will end up in a life threatening situation. If your child wanders, do not blame yourself, it is not your fault. Additionally, the study revealed that wandering does not stem from inattentive parenting or lack of supervision and is seen more in children with severe autism. Oftentimes, the child may wander from home, school, or stores and head toward a place of interest or to escape sights, sounds and activities of others. What you can do? There is no sure fire way to prevent your child from wandering; however, there are a few things that can help deal with ...

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Are YOU an Adult With Aspergers Autism PDD-NOS?

Do you ever wish research on the autism spectrum reflected YOUR attitudes, experiences, and opinions? You are invited to participate in an online research study about the experiences and attitudes of individuals on the autism spectrum. Little is known about how adults on the autism spectrum think about themselves or their experiences. Little is also known about how individuals on the autism spectrum view the diagnosis. Your participation in this study may help advance understanding of the perceptions and experiences of adults on the autism spectrum. To participate in this study, you need to: Be age 18 or older Have a diagnosis or identify with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, or PDD-NOS Be able to complete an online survey   Participation in this study includes a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card. To participate in this study, please use the following link: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9mBLjVV14yPtgKV

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Autism Tied to Increased Connectivity in Brain Networks

Autism tied to increased connectivity in the ‘mirror’ and ‘theory of mind’ neuronal systems of the brain, both of which are integral to imitating, and understanding other’s perspectives. Clearly, these researchers are onto something: – Dr. John Carosso Adolescents with autism spectrum disorder show atypically increased functional connectivity involving the mentalizing and mirror neuron brain networks, according to a study published online April 16 in JAMA Psychiatry. FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show atypically increased functional connectivity involving the mentalizing and mirror neuron brain networks, according to a study published online April 16 in JAMA Psychiatry. Inna Fishman, Ph.D., from San Diego State University, and colleagues used resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging to compare brain networks in 25 adolescents with ASD (aged 11 to 18 years) and 25 typically developing adolescents. Participants were matched for age, handedness, and nonverbal IQ. The researchers ...

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Parents of Severely Ill Children See Benefits As Caregivers, Says Study…

Dr. John Carosso added the following, in this research, parents of severely ill children report the deep meaning and reward in providing care (yes, the stress is reported as significant, but so are the reward and growth): Benefits often coexist with the negative and stressful outcomes for parents who have a child born with or later diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, says a recent study led by a researcher at the University of Waterloo. While the challenges are numerous and life-changing and stress levels high, the vast majority of parents who participated in the Waterloo-led research reported positive outcomes as well, a phenomenon known as posttraumatic growth. The findings appear in the most recent issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. “What is pivotal is the meaning the parents make – what it means to them to be a parent who is doing more than parenting: they are care-giving as ...

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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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