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FAQ’s Regarding the New DSM-5

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Check out these answers to frequently asked questions about how the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) may impact the diagnostic label and services, including insurance coverage, of a person with autism.  Read more here: http://www.autismspeaks.org/dsm-5/faq

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Early Marker for Autism

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A study by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute and Yale University has found that more than 95 percent of the placentas of infants who are among those at the greatest risk of developing autism contained abnormal cells, called trophoblast inclusions, suggesting that the abnormality may hold promise as a very early marker for

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Congratulations Sakina!

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ACT’s newest supervisor, Sakina Kapadia, recently received her BCBA, and she is now a certified behavior analyst!  Please be sure to congratulate Sakina when you see her!

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Employment Toolkit

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Autism Speaks has a new Employment Tool Kit. Take a look! http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/employment

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Autism and Co-Morbid Psychiatric Disorders

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Check out this really informative article about autism and co-morbid psychiatric disorders. It discusses bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia and OCD and how to identify these disorders in people with autism. It also links to specific studies on each topic and medication information. Since it is estimated that two-thirds of those with autism have

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The New DSM 5

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The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – the DSM 5 – which psychologists use to diagnose autism, will be released this weekend. It collapses all subtypes of autism into one category called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It also changes the current three symptom domains into two: social communication impairment and restricted/repetitive behaviors.  Read about it

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Autism and Bipolar Disorder

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Jessica Hellings, MD and Andrea Witwer discuss the connection between autism and bipolar disorder.  Here is the article: http://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2013/04/19/there-connection-between-autism-and-bipolar-disorder

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7 Suggestions for Speech Development

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With new research suggesting that many nonverbal children with autism eventually develop speech, even after the age of 4 years, Autism Speaks published this list of 7 suggestions for facilitating speech development. Item 7 confirms what research has shown for years – that assistive devices can actually help foster speech development. This article also links

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Ethics in Genetic Testing

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recently posted a policy statement on Ethical and Policy Issues in Genetic Testing and Screening of Children. Check it out: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/17/peds.2012-3680.full.pdf+html

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ACT at Aut2Run!

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ACT was there for the Aut2Run in April 2013.  It was a great event! Thanks to everyone who came!  Here are some photos:

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