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Social Stories and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Social Stories and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Social stories are learning tools created to support safe and meaningful communication between individuals with autism and their parents and providers. Developed by Carol Gray in 1990, social stories describe social situations and demonstrate appropriate behavior to a...

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What Is High-Functioning Autism?

What Is High-Functioning Autism?

High-functioning autism, sometimes called HFA, is not a diagnosis or official medical term. You will not find high-functioning autism in the DSM-5, the official diagnostic manual that defines Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, high-functioning autism is a common term...

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Are There Different Types of Autism?

Are There Different Types of Autism?

According to today's science, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability with a broad range of symptoms, including challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. However, up until 2013, there were several...

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The Hidden Truth About Autism and Mental Health

The Hidden Truth About Autism and Mental Health

Children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often develop mental health conditions. While autism is a developmental disorder, autism and mental health issues can both be present in an individual. It is not uncommon for a child with autism to have...

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7 Powerful Positive Effects of ABA Therapy on Autism

7 Powerful Positive Effects of ABA Therapy on Autism

Research and data going back more than five decades clearly show the many positive effects of ABA therapy on autism. In fact, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is the only evidence-based treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and often the only therapy...

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How Is Positive Reinforcement Used in ABA?

How Is Positive Reinforcement Used in ABA?

In treating autism with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, positive reinforcement is frequently used to teach acceptable behavior. An example of positive reinforcement might be rewarding a child with a video game if they complete a task, such as getting dressed....

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An Overview of ADOS-2 Testing for Individuals with Autism

An Overview of ADOS-2 Testing for Individuals with Autism

What Is the ADOS-2? The ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule–Second Edition) is an activity-based assessment administered by trained clinicians to individuals suspected of having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It assesses social and communication skills....

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Does Insurance Cover ABA Therapy?

Does Insurance Cover ABA Therapy?

Your child's autism diagnosis will likely start you on a health insurance journey. Or perhaps you've suspected autism for a while and took a peek at your coverage. Either way, eventually, you may ask, "Does insurance cover ABA...

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10 Autism Facts You Might Not Know!

10 Autism Facts You Might Not Know!

There's a lot of available information on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but we've compiled 10 important autism facts you might not know! We hope these facts help you understand an autism diagnosis in a new way. You can also check out our companion article, 10 Autism...

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April 2: World Autism Awareness Day

April 2: World Autism Awareness Day

April is Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month April 2nd is the 15th annual World Autism Awareness Day, as designated by the United Nations. This year’s United Nations theme is “Inclusive Quality Education for All,” to recognize the fact that school closures due to COVID...

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How Do I Know If My Child Has Autism?

How Do I Know If My Child Has Autism?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 44 children in the United States is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) every year. You may have asked yourself, “How do I know if my child has autism?” As a...

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The History of Autism: Science, Research, and Progress

The History of Autism: Science, Research, and Progress

The history of autism is a fascinating depiction of how our understanding of science can change lives for the better. Did you know that the history of autism begins as early as 1908? Psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler first used the term to describe a schizophrenic person who...

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5 Types of Animal Therapy for Autism

5 Types of Animal Therapy for Autism

While there is no cure for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), animal therapy for autism has become a reliable source of support and growth. In becoming pet lovers/owners, people with autism grow to use animals for emotional, physical, and psychological support. Including...

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10 Autism Websites You Might Not Know About

10 Autism Websites You Might Not Know About

When it comes to autism websites, there’s no shortage of organizations and companies publishing information online. It’s not hard to find the most popular autism websites, but we chose sites that might not have the same visibility as what you’ll find on the first page...

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Top 5 Autism Books for Parents

Top 5 Autism Books for Parents

If you're a parent with a child on the autism spectrum, you might be eager to jump into all the resources available to you. From autism books for parents, articles like this one, conferences, tv shows, and documentaries, the options of how you can learn about autism...

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Top 10 Movies Featuring Autism

Top 10 Movies Featuring Autism

Movies and television can be a great way to get the family together to watch something transformative and helpful! There are many movies featuring autism, or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), including documentaries, dramas, and comedies. Creating this list was not...

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