Awareness Is Key as Autism Rates Climb (Infographic)

More American children than ever have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis: one out of every 68 children, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new report does not identify why cases are on the rise. But beyond environmental factors, experts think more autism awareness and … Read More

Children With Autism Tend to Wander

Nearly half of all children with autism will place themselves in danger by “eloping,” or wandering off at all hours. That’s the finding of a first-of-its kind study that tried to determine how often this kind of wandering occurs. Experts say kids with autism may wander for 3 reasons: 1. To escape Parents or home … Read More

Santa for Children With Autism

We’re all familiar with the holiday shopping mall scene: Bright lights, bag-toting crowds, gaggles of excited kids, blaring holiday music and over-the-top decorations. Most of us think it’s festive, or if not, tolerable. But to a kid with autism, it can be terrifying. The lights, colors and sounds can cause sensory overload. Add a loud … Read More

Autism Gender Differences

Autism is a very complex disorder, with varying degrees of severity and different effects depending on gender. Tom Frazier, PhD, a researcher who studies autism at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, says there are some known differences in the ways autism effects boys versus girls. Effects of Autism Dr. Frazier is leading a study he hopes … Read More