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Pica, the repeated eating of non-food items, is the eating disorder most often displayed by children with autism. In published literature, the most common definition of pica is the placing of non-edible items past the plane of the lips. For example, a child may eat food from a garbage can or bite off a piece of a toy plastic car and swallow it quickly.

New experiences, including medical visits, can be difficult for individuals with autism. A trip to the optometrist’s office for a vision exam is one type of medical visit that can be challenging because an eye exam may be upsetting for patients who are over-reactive to sensory input. Because exams are done infrequently, desensitization through repetitive visits does not usually occur.

April 04, 2014

Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN) is pleased to announce the release of its latest resource for families from the ATN/AIR-P: a video and accompanying social narrative to help prepare individuals with autism for visits to the eye doctor, which can often be very difficult and uncomfortable experiences.

Parents never forget the feedback session as receiving a diagnosis of autism for their child can be a very stressful and overwhelming experience. However, while this is a difficult diagnosis to provide to a family, a well-run feedback session may also be a positive experience. The feedback session is often a crucial touchstone on the journey of having a child with a disability.

Voluntary registry will advance research and public advocacy by gathering information on individuals with autism statewide
September 16, 2013

The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) is creating the first statewide registry of children and adults with autism. The voluntary registry will support autism research and public advocacy by providing a rich source of anonymous information about families affected by autism, their health and quality of life, and their access to services.