A New Way to Connect

PeerKnect: A game-changing app developed to solve the social gap for neurodivergent kids and improve their development, play skills, and quality of life. Social interactions are essential for young children as they learn how to connect through parallel or imaginary play. These interactions are an important key to developing play, social, and communication skills—skills like…

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What is Grapevine Minds?

Grapevine Minds is a website that provides literary resources for autistic children and their caregivers. Founded by Jean Chun, a high school senior from Deerfield, Massachusetts, the site consists of an interactive online book and a metaphor-learning program geared toward elementary-aged children. The book, It’s My Birthday!, contains various interactive features that target general cognitive…

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8 Books by and for Adults with ASD

Transitioning, employment, and personal happiness Autism spectrum disorder is not specifically a pediatric issue. Statistics show that in the United States, 1 in 45, or 2.21% of adults over the age of 18, have autism. This is higher than the 1.85% prevalence rate of children in the US with ASD. Despite these numbers, until recently,…

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Multilingualism and the Autism Spectrum

What you need to know Many children on the spectrum have difficulty with language development and understanding. Beyond speaking and grammar, language difficulties can include trouble with communicative hand gestures, eye contact, and facial expressions.1 Because these language barriers exist for autistic individuals, multilingual parents are often wary of teaching multiple languages to their child(ren)…

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Common Comorbid Conditions in ASD

What they are and what they look like Comorbidity occurs when two or more conditions or disorders are present in the same individual. On average, around three quarters of individuals diagnosed with ASD have at least one comorbid condition. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), anxiety, and depression are the most prevalent comorbidities among individuals on the…

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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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