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Prenatal Vitamins and Autism

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WOMEN WHO START PRENATAL VITAMINS EARLY ARE LESS LIKEY TO HAVE CHILDREN WITH AUTISM.  A recent study by the UC Davis MIND Institute reported that women who did not take prenatal vitamins in the three months before their pregnancy and the first month of their pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with

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The Early Start Denver Model – Intervention for Toddlers with Autism

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Randomized, Controlled Trial of an intervention for Toddlers With Autism: The Early Start Denver Model  (Dawson, G., Rogers, S., Munson, J., Smith, M., Winter, J., Greenson, J., Donaldson, A. and Varlet, J., 2010) In 1987, O. Ivar Lovaas studied the efficacy of an early behavioral intervention and demonstrated that early behavioral intervention could result in

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PECS Training – Impact on Speech

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PECS Training May Increase the Production of Spoken Words in Children with Autism    Deborah Carr and Janet Felce, two researchers in Wales, United Kingdom, recently published an article in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders describing an experiment they conducted. The experiment investigated the results of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) training

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ABA with Children with Autism and MR

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There have been questions about ABA’s effectiveness with children with Autism and mental retardation (MR).  MR is measured by IQ and is categorized into ranges of mild, moderate, severe, and profound impairment.  Approximately 70% of children with Autism also have a diagnosis of MR, although this statistic has been the source of some debate.  There

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Stress & Coping for Parents

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Daily Stress, Well-Being and Coping for Parents of Children with Autism (Pottie & Ingram, 2008) Few studies have attempted to understand how parents of children with Autism cope with the daily demands of raising a child with special needs.  Pottie and Ingram state that the goal of this study was to identify the ways parents

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Fear of Medical Exams

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Fear of Routine Medical Exams in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders  (Gillis, Natof, Lockshin & Romanczyk, 2009)   As many parents may have experienced, children with Autism can have a very difficult time with medical examinations.  It can be a significant source of frustration for both parents and children.  This article describes two studies.  The first is

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ABA with Older Children

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Much attention has been given to the importance and effectiveness of intensive behavior intervention for very young children with Autism; however, a Meeting Point Article from the Lovaas Institute website, “Data-Based Research in Applied Behavior Analysis for Older Children with Autism,” (June, 2007) points out that research has also demonstrated that behavior therapy has a significant impact

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