Autism, or the autism spectrum disorder, is a condition that is usually diagnosed early in a child’s life and continues throughout childhood and adulthood. It is a neuro-developmental condition with a cause that is not easy to pinpoint, with factors including genetics, infections, and chemical exposure. In simpler, broader terms, autism is caused by radicallyRead More.
Puberty is a tremendously difficult time for any child, but it can be several times more challenging for a child with autism spectrum disorder. Navigating the teen years on the spectrum is certainly no simple task, and can come at a very inopportune time – for many parents, puberty may be the time when theyRead More.
There comes a time for every parent when it’s critical to discipline a child. We’ve all experienced a parent’s discipline at one point or another and know that there are many ways to address bad behavior and course correct – but some methods are more effective than others, in more ways than one. Some parentsRead More.
Autism, or more specifically, the autism spectrum disorder, which is a diagnosis that encompasses the wide variety of symptoms and behaviors that we currently understand to be linked to autism, is a condition that has evolved in definition and understanding over the decades. We know that autism and intellectual disability is separate, and that autisticRead More.
When the mental branch of medicine was still in its nascent stages, therapy – as we know it today – was largely known as psychoanalysis. It was Sigmund Freud, infamous as he is today, who first coined and developed the concept, and the techniques he developed were, in a sense, applied analysis. The study ofRead More.
It’s no secret that being on the spectrum can come with its fair share of challenges, especially for children trying to fit into school life, and adults just starting out in the workforce. These are massive adjustments that often require an understanding and skillset that can seem antithetical to autism, and many jobs and industriesRead More.
For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), many things that might come naturally to other children are very slow to develop. Certain skills that we may take for granted in our everyday lives develop into seemingly insurmountable challenges for kids with ASD, especially when it comes to social skills, learning, and self-sufficiency skills from concreteRead More.
There are plenty of challenges facing a person with autism. Not only due to the condition itself, but largely due to its perception through others. While symptoms, hardships, and cognitive challenges are all surmountable and manageable over time, the one thing you can’t control is how people react to autism at first impression. For manyRead More.
People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are much more likely to struggle with one or more co-occurring physical and/or mental health conditions. Wherever they are identified, these conditions can present extra stress for the person – which can make life much harder. Some of these conditions can be hard to catch early on, because theyRead More.
More than a tenth of Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder, a condition that was unknown a century ago, and has become better understood over time both in the mainstream and within the psychiatric community. When it was first discovered, it was theorized to be a mental illness, caused by childhood trauma and unemotionalRead More.