Swimming is a favorite summer activity, but if you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), there are extra dangers that need your attention. Children with autism are more likely to wander, and in those cases, they are often drawn to water. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children with autism, and
According to the latest data available, the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children has increased 15%, from 1 in 68 to 1 in 59, according to a new report from the Center for Disease Control released April 2018. Among boys, the prevalence of ASD is 1 in 37 Among girls the prevalence of
It is easy to see why many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are captivated by water. The number of stimuli associated with water hits all the senses! The feel of water, the sounds of waves and splashes, the visuals of light reflecting off the surface, and even the smell can all be so enticing.
After years of bipartisan legislation, Kevin and Avonte’s Law has finally passed. This law was named in honor of two young boys with autism that wandered from their homes and drowned in nearby bodies of water. For the growing population of children diagnosed with autism, this law is an incredible step forward in improving quality
Note: At the time of this article Asperger’s was a separate diagnosis, however, it is no longer used and falls within the broader ASD diagnosis with a higher functioning level. Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder and the fastest-growing developmental disability among children. Learning that your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
As parents, we use casual phrases with our children that are largely second nature: “quiet voices,” “no touching,” and “play nice.” But what do these phrases really mean to a child with autism? Social situations and the accompanying expected set of behaviors are challenging for children with autism, and “play nice” simply doesn’t offer all
Autism knows no boundaries. It should come as no surprise then that even children of some of Hollywood’s glitziest celebrities have been impacted by this condition.
So what’s it like to be an autism parent? Let’s start with the fact that autism parents have the same cortisol level as veterans with PTSD. Just take a minute to imagine what your daily life must look like to create those levels of stress hormones. Have you ever lost your child for a minute,