Posts Tagged 'autism specialist'

Other Conditions Associated With Autism

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When a child is diagnosed with autism, certain traits are to be expected: sensory issues, language development delays and lack of social skills, for example. Unfortunately, there are also a number of other conditions that can accompany someone on the autism spectrum. While these conditions are rare, they are certainly worth mentioning to your child’s Orange County psychiatrist and pediatrician if you have any concerns.

Seizures. One in four children on the autism spectrum will develop seizures, often starting early ...

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New Autism Treatment Turns Symptoms Into Strengths

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An innovative method of treating people on the autism spectrum is currently being studied, and it shows a lot of promise. The autism treatment, developed by Dr. Laurence Sugarman, will attempt to turn autistic children’s symptoms into strengths, leading to a productive adulthood and better quality of life. This method teaches affected children how to control their psychophysiology and behavior using computerized biofeedback and clinical hypnosis.

Dr. Sugarman developed his method in response to the recent increase in autism spectrum ...

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Cognitive Therapy Helps Parents of Autistic Children

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Upon receiving an autism diagnosis, a child is referred to an autism specialist and treated with behavioral therapy, dietary changes and sometimes medication. The process can be stressful and confusing to the child. But in addition to the diagnosed children, their parents also tend to experience high levels of stress. They may feel depressed, isolated and helpless. Parents of autistic children often benefit from sessions at a counseling center as well.

A new study suggests a particular kind of ...

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Greater Weight Gain During Pregnancy Leads to Autism Risk

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Autism is no longer considered a rare disorder. With about one in 88 children now being diagnosed, the quest to find the cause continues. According to the results of a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, women who gain more weight than average during pregnancy tend to have a higher risk of having an autistic child.

But researchers stress that it is not the weight gain itself that causes the autism, nor does a woman’s weight before she gets pregnant ...

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Study Indicates Genetic Disorder 22Q Can Mimic Autism

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There is still much to learn about the autism spectrum: what causes it, how broad the spectrum is and the best ways to treat it are still being researched. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, children who suffer from a genetic disorder called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, or 22q, may be at risk of being misdiagnosed with autism. This new discovery goes to show the best way to ensure a proper diagnosis is ...

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Use of Oxytocin to Treat Autism Requires Further Study

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Recently, a review article was published in the Harvard Review of Psychology indicating that the use of the hormone oxytocin may be beneficial in treating both autism and schizophrenia. The article was especially exciting for autism specialists and parents of autistic children who have been told that there are few treatment options for autism. While the research that has been done is promising overall, much more information will have to be gathered before any real benefit can be determined.

Many ...

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Oxytocin for Autism?

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According to a review article in the September Harvard Review of Psychiatry, the hormone oxytocin may play a role in autism treatment, as well as the treatment of schizophrenia. While the evidence is still in its preliminary stages, it is encouraging. Oxytocin is a neuropeptide hormone, most known for its role in initiating labor and breast milk flow in pregnant women. The news is exciting for autism specialists and other mental health therapists who specialize ...

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Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum Face Independent Living Challenges

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As autistic children grow into adults, they face more challenges than their peers who are not on the autism spectrum. About 50,000 youths with autism will become adults this year, and for most, finding a job and a place to live will bring a set of struggles. Although we’ve made progress with autism treatment in our society, there is still much more we can do to help these young adults be more independent.

Two newly published studies on the subject ...

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