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How Do We Explain Autism Diagnosis & Special Class to our 7-Year-Old?

Our 7-year-old was recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. He’ll be moved to a new classroom and begin ABA therapy in the next few weeks. Can you give us some advice on helping him understand what’s going on?

Parent Needs Help: 4-year-old with Autism Won’t Eat Solid Foods

My child is 4 and has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. He’ll eat most anything that I puree. But he refuses to eat even small pieces of solid food except for soft cheese puffs, and he can’t drink from a straw. How can I teach him to chew real food?

Is There a Connection between Autism and Bipolar Disorder?

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.

Why Is Brain Tissue Donation Vital to Advancing Autism Treatment?

“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.

Autism and Social Acceptance: The Importance of Table Manners

“We heard autism educator Peter Gerhardt talk about how important table manners are for social acceptance. Our 17 year old has come a long way in other aspects of his social life. But he still grabs food almost before it’s served, stuffs his mouth and generally makes a mess when eating. How can we help him learn to eat in a socially acceptable way?”
 

Social Communication Disorder: Parents Seek Guidance

“Can you explain the new DSM-5 category of Social Communication Disorder? Who would receive this diagnosis, and what therapies would help?”

This week’s “Got Questions?” answer is by child psychologist Lauren Elder, Autism Speaks assistant director for dissemination science