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  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): An Introduction

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurologically based disability that affects a child’s social skills, communication, and behavior.

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  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD booklet)

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurologically based disability that affects a child’s social skills, communication, and behavior.

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  • Is Your Toddler Communicating With You?

    Your baby is able to communicate with you long before he or she speaks a single word! A baby's cry, smile, and responses to you help you to understand his or her needs. In this publication the American Academy of Pediatrics shares information about how children communicate and what to do when there are

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  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities caused by a problem with the brain. Children with ASDs have trouble in 3 core areas of their development.

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  • ASDs Family Handout—Wandering Off (Elopement)

    This is the tendency for an individual to try to leave the safety of a responsible person's care or a safe area, which can result in potential harm or injury. This might include running off from adults at school or in the community, leaving the classroom without permission, or leaving the house when

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  • ASDs Family Handout—Visiting the Doctor

    Going to the doctor can be stressful for any child. For a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), there may be additional challenges because of sensory, communication, and other symptoms related to the ASD. Here are some tips to help make visiting the doctor easier.

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  • ASDs Family Handout—Vaccines

    Some parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) may worry about a possible link between vaccines and ASDs. In fact, one recent survey said that 54% of parents of children with ASDs thought ASDs were caused by immunizations. The consensus of health professionals based on scientific research

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  • ASDs Family Handout—Toilet Training

    Children with ASDs often have delayed development or may be obsessed with their own routines or anxious about learning a new skill. They may not understand imitation or the words parents use in toilet training.

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  • ASDs Family Handout—The Medical Home for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Parents, pediatricians, and other health care professionals are encouraged to work together so that all of the medical and nonmedical needs of children and youth are met. This partnership is at the core of what the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) calls the medical home. Medical home is an approach

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  • ASDs Family Handout—Teaching Social Skills

    Difficulty with social interaction is one of the key features or core deficits in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Some researchers have suggested that teaching social skills is one of the most important things we can do for children with ASDs.

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  • ASDs Family Handout—Talking About Sexuality for Parents of Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    All children and youth, including those with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), have questions about physical changes in their bodies and emotions and feelings they experience during puberty and as they grow up. It is important to help children and youth understand these

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  • ASDs Family Handout—Sleep Problems

    Sleep problems are common in children with and without autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). One-third to half of children with ASDs have sleep problems. This can lead to daytime problems with paying attention, being irritable, and displaying more repetitive behaviors. The amount of nighttime sleep needed

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  • ASDs Family Handout—Sibling Issues

    Most brothers and sisters of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) cope well. However, they still have challenges in learning how to deal with a sibling with an ASD. This handout can help you teach your children how to meet these challenges.

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  • ASDs Family Handout—Seizures and Epilepsy

    Seizures are caused by sudden excessive electrical activity in the brain. A child who has a seizure may lose consciousness (black out) for a short time; shake strongly all over his body; have unusual, repeated body movements; or stare blankly into space.

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  • ASDs Family Handout—School-based Services

    Schools can provide extra help to students who are struggling with the regular curriculum in several ways, even if a child does not have a diagnosed disability. The teacher in a regular classroom can informally try different teaching approaches than the one used for the rest of the class. The classroom

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  • ASDs Family Handout—Nutrition and Eating Problems

    Children with ASDs have the same general nutrition needs as all children and teens. Children with ASDs may be picky eaters, so their parents may be concerned that they are not getting the nutrients they need. For example, if a child doesn't drink milk (because the child refuses or because of a special

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