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Recommended Toys for Children with Autism

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Toys R US has a newly updated guide that lists toys for children with special needs that help target specific skills. Check it out! http://www.toysrus.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3261680

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Dr. Simon Wallace Podcast – Virtual Environments Helping Those with Autism

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Take a listen to this podcast from the journal Autism featuring Dr. Simon Wallace discussing using immersive virtual environments to help those with autism.  Here is the link: http://aut.sagepub.com/content/suppl/2012/05/31/1362361310363283.DC1/AUT_2012_14_3_Wallace.mp3  

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Insurance Covering ABA for Autism

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As of July 1, 2012, services based in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for those with autism are covered by insurance in accordance with California law (SB 946). Tell a friend! Even families who are receiving ABA services but are unhappy with the amount or quality of those services should consider ABA treatment through insurance. Many

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Autism Speak Reacts to Supreme Court Decision

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Read Autism Speaks’ response to the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act:

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Brain Activity in High Risk Infants

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Research was recently published that suggests that the early brain activity of high risk infants (those with a sibling with autism) is different from the brain activity of low risk infants. The brain activity of high risk infants appeared d…elayed early in development but “caught up” to typical patterns by 24 months. This was true

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Frequently Asked Questions About the DSM 5

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There will be some potentially major changes to the ASD criteria in the DSM-5 – the manual psychologists use to diagnose autism. These changes would impact who receives a diagnosis of an ASD and could affect services. Check out the link below to read about the specific changes being discussed and how you can weigh

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Effects of Paternal Age Seen in Girls with Autism

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Girls with older fathers are 6 times as likely as those with younger fathers to be the only children with autism in their families, a new study in the journal Autism reports. This effect was seen for boys and girls but was stronger for girls. The results support the hypothesis that non-inherited mutations that accumulate

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UC Davis MIND Institute Research

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The UC Davis MIND Institute published a study in February that indicates that early exposure to flame retardants presents an independent risk of neurodevelopmental deficits associated with reduced sociability and learning. Read more below. http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/mindinstitute/6164

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Autism Genetic Screening

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Developed especially for the younger siblings of children with autism, this cheek swab genetic screen checks for 65 known gene markers associated with autism. It will help classify younger siblings in terms of risk levels and may help those with the highest risk get the earliest possible treatments.  Read more about it:  http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/new-gene-screen-flags-autism-risk-infant-siblings

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Autism Prevalence Rates

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1 in 88 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to a new estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This represents a 78% increase in autism prevalence over the past 5 years. More children are impacted by autism than by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Down Syndrome, and cystic fibrosis

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