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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

Teen with Autism Gets Help with Hygiene & Appropriate Behavior: Part 2

“How can we help our teenage daughter improve her hygiene and understand the difference between public versus private behavior?” 

Relationship Development Intervention

When my granddaughter was diagnosed with autism at age 5, she ignored other people. After Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), she’s a different person – seeking interaction and initiating conversation. Why don’t we hear more about this intervention? 

Cord Blood Banking

Should we bank our new baby’s umbilical cord blood as a possible treatment for autism? Our first child was recently diagnosed with ASD.

This week’s “Got Questions?” answer comes from Alycia Halladay, PhD, Autism Speaks senior director of environmental and clinical sciences, and Daniel Smith, PhD, Autism Speaks senior director of discovery neuroscience.