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What's best for her autistic teenage son?

Posted by Barbara F. Meltz February 9, 2011 06:00 AM

I have a severely autistic son who is 15. I am thinking of putting him in a group home because he has become very violent towards himself and me. I am not sure if this is the right choice? I need help in understanding what is right for him. I love my son so much but not sure if he is better in a group home or not? Thank you.

From: Carmen, San Jose, CA


Autism Awareness: Is proximity a factor in diagnosing autism?

Posted by Lylah M. Alphonse April 12, 2010 02:05 PM

Maybe you've seen the posters hanging in T and commuter rail stations -- photos and stories of children with autism, and a question: "What does autism look like?" 

April is Autism Awareness month and, to answer the May Institute's question, a person with autism can look like anyone.


Study linking MMR vaccine to autism officially retracted

Posted by Lylah M. Alphonse February 3, 2010 12:32 PM

Yesterday, editors at The Lancet officially retracted the British medical journal's 12-year-old study that they say incorrectly linked the combination Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism.

The retraction of the 1998 study comes less than a week after the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom chastised the Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his co-authors for acting "dishonestly and irresponsibly" in doing his research for the study, which claimed that eight out of 12 children who received the MMR vaccine began showing symptoms of autism within days of getting the shot.



Study links autism and schizophrenia

Posted by Lylah M. Alphonse December 15, 2009 11:17 AM

Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver have found that autism and schizophrenia may be genetic opposites, pointing to the possibility of new treatments for autism spectrum disorders.

According to evolutionary biologist Bernard Crespi and his co-authors, Philip Stead and Michael Elliot, autism and schizophrenia are each caused by anomalies in the same places in the human genome. People without either disorder usually have two copies of these genes; people with autism were found to have a single copy, while those with schizophrenia had extra copies.   

"Autism and schizophrenia have always been regarded as being quite similar, but our data pretty much says the opposite," Crespi told The Vancouver Sun. "The idea of two psychiatric illnesses being opposites is quite a controversial one."


Resources for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Posted by Barbara F. Meltz October 13, 2009 06:00 AM

Barbara, can you please provide me with the names and contact information for highly respected professional organizations that serve those with autism and other related PDDs?

From: Abby Nash, Glenmont


Dubai dad worried about autism

Posted by Barbara F. Meltz October 8, 2009 06:00 AM


I have two sons. Elder one is almost three years old. He cannot speak properly yet. He can hear. He still say quite few words like car, fan, sun, moon, daddy, amma, mom etc (a lot of words). He is hyper at times. He throw pots, toys all around (at times, not always). He pulls the hair of others and sometimes hits himself as well. We noticed since start he is very sharp. He recognize TV channels (especially baby TV etc), he knows everything what we are doing in home. You can't deceive him (typical of normal growing kid) he feel happy if some one knock our door and comes he always tries to talk with them.

Since last month he started his preschool/nursery and he always likes to go there. We had parent meeting two days ago and school teachers were worried about his behaviour. According to them he pulls hairs of other kids and hit them as well. But they said he is intelligent and likes books etc but he don't share his toys with other kids.

After the school visit we are thinking about autism in him. Can you please advise us on this issue.

From: A worried father, Dubai


Higher autism rates? Awareness can't be the only reason

Posted by Lylah M. Alphonse October 6, 2009 09:16 PM

A Department of Health and Human Services report released Monday says that the autism rate in the U.S. is higher than previously believed -- about 1 in 100 children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the report says, up from the previous estimate of 1 in 150.

The details are even more troubling: The report, which appeared in the American Academy of Pediatrics' journal, Pediatrics, shows that while the 1 in 91 children are on the autism spectrum, the rate for boys is a startling 1 in 58.


Treating autism: Diet, ABA, and more

Posted by Lylah M. Alphonse April 24, 2009 08:26 AM

No one really knows what causes autism. A recent article in Science Direct indicates that children living near toxic waste seem more likely to have autism. Though the thimerosal/MMR vaccine theory has been debunked, many parents feel that the mercury-laced preservative is linked to their children's autism by triggering a toxic tipping point or otherwise damaging the immune system.


Inside the mind of a child with autism

Posted by Lylah M. Alphonse April 16, 2009 02:43 PM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 out of 150 kids have autism, an increase from previous estimates. With autism now more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined, if your child isn't on the autism spectrum, chances are good that he or she knows (or will eventually know) someone who is.

April is National Autism Awareness month. We've discussed autism in general and resources for children and adults with ASD, but how do you help your child interact or socialize with someone on the spectrum?


Autism Awareness: Resources that can help

Posted by Lylah M. Alphonse April 10, 2009 05:41 AM

Kent and Angie Potter's oldest son, Sam, was born prematurely, and from the very beginning they had a swirl of doctors and specialists around them, helping them navigate the world of preemie development. So when Sam started exhibiting severe developmental delays (above and beyond the ones most preemies have), they had people to turn to for advice.


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Barbara F. Meltz is a freelance writer, parenting consultant, and author of "Put Yourself in Their Shoes: Understanding How Your Children See the World." She won several awards for her weekly "Child Caring" column in the Globe, including the 2008 American Psychological Association Print Excellence award. Barbara is available as a speaker for parent groups.

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