According to a new study, published 13 March in Childhood Obesity, more than 30 percent of children with autism are overweight or obese, a rate that is significantly higher than in the general population. Read more...
From: Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Published: April 10, 2013
The Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (The SOS Approach) is a transdisciplinary program designed to assess and address the reasons why a child is struggling to eat. It follows a systematic hierarchy to feeding, from tolerating foods in the room, interacting with foods, smelling, touching, tasting and eventually eating the food. Parent education and involvement are an essential part of the SOS approach.
From: Picky Eaters
Published: August 17, 2012
A British vaccine-related website was recently ordered to remove a claim that the MMR vaccine is related to cases of Autism.
From: Vaccine News Daily
Published: August 10, 2012
The United States appears headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades, with more than 18,000 cases reported so far. The latest spread of the disease can be partially explained by parents who shun vaccinating their children.
From: Globe and Mail
Published: July 24, 2012
Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of all the therapeutic benefits of swimming and playing in the pool. Many children who have difficulty controlling their bodies for sports and gross motor activities will have success moving in the water.
Published: July 11, 2012
Without a doubt, visits to the obstetrics and gynecology specialist are among the most stressful health care procedures, and it especialy applies for people on the Autism Spectrum.
Published: July 1, 2012
Since seizures seem to be more common among individuals who have Autism, these important first-aid protocols are important for everyone to familiarize themselves with.
Published: June 28, 2012
The bright lights and noise in an emergency department or examination room can disturb and upset a patient with an autism spectrum disorder; so can the exam itself if the doctor does not use the proper approach.Unfortunately, caregivers of patients with autism frequently report that a trip to the hospital can turn into a distress-filled struggle, getting in the way of proper treatment, according to a recently published online article by five emergency physicians, including three from Allegheny General Hospital.
From: Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Published: June 22, 2012
According to recent news reports, pharmaceutical giants like Roche, Novartis, and Seaside Therapeutics are racing to make medications that will relieve some of the behavioral problems caused by autism and Fragile X syndrome. However, Dr. Manny Alvarez, a well-known physician and parent of a child with Autism, warns his readers to proceed with caution.
Published: June 20, 2012
Many parents have decided they know better than pediatricians: they're following their own vaccine schedules, but most children adhering to alternative models don't wind up fully immunized.
From: Time Healthland
Published: June 18, 2012