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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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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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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