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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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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