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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

Food for Thought: New Autism Speaks Advice Column on Eating Challenges

You asked, and Autism Speaks listened. The recent publication of the Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P tool kit, “Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism: A Parent’s Guide,” drew a tremendous response from our community. Your emails expressed not just appreciation, but also an overflow of personal stories and pleas for further guidance.

Colgate University Students Host Learn to Skate Program!

This guest post is written by Caroline Potolicchio, a member of the Women’s Hockey Team at Colgate University.  The team is involved with Autism Speaks U, an initiative of Autism Speaks that is designed to support college students, faculty and staff in their awareness, advocacy and fundraising efforts.
 

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