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Judy Reaven

Autism & Anxiety: Parents Seek Help for Extreme Reaction to Loud Noise

Our 12-year-old son has autism, mild intellectual disability and anxiety attacks so severe that we end up in the emergency room. Loud noises are the worst – for example the school fire alarm, thunderstorms, a balloon popping, fireworks. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A Parent Wonders: Are New Repetitive Behaviors OCD or ‘Just Autism’

“Our 25-year-old son, diagnosed with PDD-NOS, has always had some repetitive behaviors. Lately, though, he's wanting to redo things such as getting undressed or showering right after he's done. He’ll insist we backtrack if we drive through the neighborhood a different way because we didn't go the "right way.” Can you offer guidance on whether these behaviors are obsessive compulsive disorder or just part of his autism? What might help?”

Grade-schooler with Autism Nauseated by Food Smells

“Our son, age 9, has a lot of food aversions. Just the sight or smell of many foods make him feel sick. Besides making it difficult to get him to even taste a new food, it’s a real problem at school where just walking into the cafeteria makes him start to gag. Suggestions?”