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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?

Physical Discipline & Autism: A Parent Asks for Guidance

“When I physically discipline my 6-year-old son [who has autism], he starts to hit himself. Should I use physical discipline? Do I just let him hit himself?”

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.

Understanding Sex Differences in Autism

Posted by Alycia Halladay, PhD, Autism Speaks senior director of environmental and clinical sciences

Over more than thirty years of autism research, one finding has stood out in its consistency: Boys are at least four times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).