We’ve read many stories on your website about families who discover a special talent in a child, teenager or even adult with autism. How can we help our son find his special gift or passion?
My eight-year-old with autism rips his clothes when he gets nervous at school. How can I manage my son’s anxiety?
“This is a question about me. Some of us on the spectrum eat for sensory stimulation or self-soothing. What are some alternate, healthier ways to get that sensory input we crave?”
This week’s “Got Questions?” answer comes from psychiatrist Jessica Hellings, MD, and psychologist Andrea Witwer, PhD, program directors at Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center, which is part of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.
Posted by Alycia Halladay, Autism Speaks senior director for environmental and clinical research. Dr. Halladay and the rest of the Autism Speaks science staff are just back from four days of scientific sessions at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), in Atlanta.
“Our 25-year-old son, diagnosed with PDD-NOS, has always had some repetitive behaviors. Lately, though, he's wanting to redo things such as getting undressed or showering right after he's done. He’ll insist we backtrack if we drive through the neighborhood a different way because we didn't go the "right way.” Can you offer guidance on whether these behaviors are obsessive compulsive disorder or just part of his autism? What might help?”
“I read about BrainNet and your new push to increase postmortem brain donations. Why? What has brain tissue research done for the autism community?”
This week’s “Got Questions?” response is from Autism Speaks Senior Director for Environmental and Clinical Sciences Alycia Halladay.
Advice on breaking the cycle from specialists in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network
“Our 10-year-old ASD kiddo will eat until he throws up and then start all over again. How can we break this cycle?”
This guest blog post is by Alex Camacho Vásconez, Technical Secretary of Disabilities for the Office of the Vice President of Ecuador.