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Nutrition and Children with Autism

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A recently published paper reinforces the notion that people with autism may require nutritional supplements or fortified foods to ensure their good health into adulthood. More research is clearly needed on childhood and adult nutrition in individuals with autism. Take a look –  

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The Importance of a Father’s Early Engagement with Children

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New research underscores the importance of the early involvement of dads in the mental health of moms. Check it out:

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3rd Annual Aut2Run

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Had a great time joining our local autism community at the Aut2Run charity event this past Sunday, April 19th at CSU Channel Islands!

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National Autism Center – National Standards Project

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The May Institute’s National Autism Center recently released Phase 2 of their National Standards Project which addresses evidence-based practice for ASD based on research from 2007-2012. Get the free summary, findings and full report here: http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/resources/

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Environmental Hazards May Alter Sperm and Predispose Children to Autism

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Research published today suggests that fathers’ exposure to environmental factors, such as toxins and infections, may alter sperm in ways that predispose children to autism. Read more: https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/study-links-autism-epigenetic-changes-dads’-sperm

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Tips and Resources for Preventing Wandering

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Wandering is a serious issue for many families with children with autism and other disabilities. Check out this link for tips and resources to help keep your child safe! https://www.autismspeaks.org/wandering-resources

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New Study Links Gestational Diabetes and Increased Risk of Autism

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A new study indicates that diabetes that develops early in pregnancy increases the risk of autism by 40 percent. This research highlights the importance of comprehensive prenatal care for the health of women and their babies. Learn more: https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/can-early-control-gestational-diabetes-reduce-autism-risk

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Ventura County Annual Transition Fair

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Don’t miss the 2015 Ventura County Annual Transition Fair on May 2, 2015. The fair is designed for 15-22 year old special education students and their families. http://www.venturacountyselpa.com/Portals/45/usersdata/Transition/2015%20Tran%20Fair%20flyer%20eng%20spn.pdf

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Low Vitamin D May Increase Autism Risk

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Recent research suggests that low vitamin D levels may increase the risk for autism. Previous research has shown that prenatal vitamins (folate in particular) can reduce autism risk if started before conception and continued throughout pregnancy. The link between autism and prenatal nutrition may be most pronounced for children who are at risk due to

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Current Research

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Take a look at the articles in this special autism supplement to the medical journal Pediatrics – including articles on insomnia, nutrient intake, ADHD, psychotropic medication, GI issues, and early intervention.  Read the articles here: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/Supplement_2.tocTake

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