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As caring parents, you adore watching your children play, learn, and interact with others. While your sweet newborn is turning into a babbling toddler, you see his personality bubble all around you. However, some parents might notice an odd...
Autism is something that has always been close to my heart and just a few weeks ago, I was ready to criticize somebody who I respect as an artist -- that person being Mr. Robert De Niro. I was...
Pregnancy-related diabetes may increase the risk a child will develop autism, new research suggests. The blood sugar disorder, known as gestational diabetes, was linked to a moderately increased risk for an autism spectrum disorder in a study of more than...
Today, we acknowledge a new day of autism awareness, although, as the father of an autistic child, I have to say that I think that every day should be autism awareness day. But, more than any previous year, I am...
It seems as if the evidence suggesting a link between environmental toxins and autism keeps growing stronger. The latest study, published today in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, revealed that the children of mothers exposed to organophosphates – a...
The list of priorities for families of children with autism is long: Doctors' appointments, speech therapy sessions, social skills groups, and Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings are just a few of the items on the agenda. Families are often focused...
As a doctor, and a parent of a child with autism, I get a lot of questions from other parents of children on the spectrum.  I'm taking this opportunity to address some of your concerns. Here are a few of...
As of today, there are no definitive tests to measure a child’s risk for developing autism.  Since early intervention and therapy is key for at-risk children, such a test could be critical for managing the early development of a...
The relationships that children have with their parents and caretakers are vital in enabling them to reach their full developmental potential.  While our genes may lay down the foundation, it is the experiences that children have that are the...
My friend's dog passed away last week. As we talked about how she would discuss this with her eight-year-old daughter, I panicked and said "Just tell her the dog went to sleep." I know this is not the best...
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