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Sensory Integration: Changing the Brain through Play

Posted by occupational therapist Alison Wheeland, a doctoral student at the University of Southern California serving her doctoral residency with Autism Speaks. Her work with Autism Speaks involves developing information about occupational therapy services across the lifespan for those with autism.

Autism Speaks Launches Webpage for Autism Professional Development

Posted by Lauren Elder, Autism Speaks assistant director for dissemination sciences

At Autism Speaks, an import part of our service to families is increasing their access to high-quality services. This includes helping healthcare professionals, therapists and educators develop expertise in serving individuals with autism and their families.

Parents with Nonverbal Child Seek Advice on Preparing for Pet’s Death

“Our 7 year old daughter has autism and is nonverbal. She adores our very old cat. How can we be ready to help her deal with the coming loss?”

This week’s “Got Questions?” answer is from clinical psychologist Lauren Elder. Dr. Elder is Autism Speaks assistant director for dissemination science

Perspective on Breakthrough Report on Autism and Infant Eye Gaze

Our families have expressed great interest in a study published this week showing declining eye contact in infants who go on to develop autism. We’ve asked Paul Wang, Autism Speaks vice president for medical research, to discuss the larger implications around this study and related research. Dr.

Parents Seek Help for Son with Autism and Recurring Behavioral Crises

“Our child – soon to be a teenager – has autism, and there are times when we find ourselves in a true behavioral crisis. What can we do besides call 911?”

So important is this question – and so broad the situations and options - that we’ve invited two experts to provide answers.

Autismo Habla – Autism Speaks at the Ibero-American Summit

Posted by Andy Shih, Autism Speaks senior vice president for scientific affairs, and Michael Rosanoff, Autism Speaks associate director for public health research.