Comorbidity and Autism: An Overview

What is comorbidity in ASD? The co-occurrence of two or more diagnosed conditions in the same person is called comorbidity. An estimated 75% of children and young adults on the spectrum are diagnosed with at least one comorbid condition in their lifetime.1,2 In fact, in a 2010 comparative study, researchers found that  95% of youth…

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Voices from the Spectrum

Listening to and learning from autistic individuals The perspectives and experiences of autistic women, men, and children are vital for a more complete and compassionate understanding of ASD. However, when sifting through the information available online, most content found is written by parents, researchers, teachers, etc. instead of individuals with a diagnosis. While this content…

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Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism

A History, A Controversy, A Hope If you have looked into early intervention options for your child with ASD, you have likely read about Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA. Navigating options for early intervention therapies is a big task, and the mountain of information floating around the internet can be dizzying. What follows is a…

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Sensory Spaces on a Sensible Budget

How to build a sensory space at home Around 95% of children with autism display some degree of tactile, auditory or visual sensory processing dysfunction.1,2,3 The effects of such dysfunctions result in some level of over- or under-stimulation from clothing, light, sounds, pictures, music, etc., and have the potential to affect daily life and activities…

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Nutritional Deficiencies and Autism: What Science Can Suggest

ASD, Selective Eating, and Gastrointestinal Health Studies show that children and teens with ASD are five times more likely to experience mealtime challenges and feeding problems than their neurotypical counterparts. Selective eating is the most notable feeding issue for autistic children and their parents. Typically, autistic children oppose eating fruits and vegetables and prefer processed…

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From Picky to Possible: How to Get Your Autistic Child to Eat New Foods

Getting your child with autism to try different foods can be challenging and stressful. Typically, children with ASD are more selective eaters than neuro-typical children which makes ensuring the proper intake of vitamins and nutrients a daily struggle for parents.  These picky eating patterns often lead to nutritional deficiencies that can have lasting effects on…

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