Spotting Autism Early in Children

About 1 in 88 children have been diagnosed with some form of autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This group of disorders includes all developmental disabilities that can cause behavioral, social and communication challenges. If your child shows signs that he or she is not developing normally, it’s critical to … Read More

Playing Nice With Kids Who Are ‘Different’

Interacting with someone who is “different” can be tough even for adults. No wonder kids don’t always get it right. But there’s no better place to learn how to manage differences than in school — especially now that many classrooms include kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Kids with ASD can have full-blown autism, a … Read More

Running a Marathon After Heart Surgery

In 2009, John Stamler was in New York, scheduled for surgery on his sinuses when a routine pre-surgery EKG showed a problem in his heart. An echocardiogram confirmed a congenital condition known as atrial septal defect (ASD), a hole between the right and left atrium. Although ASDs are present from birth, there are usually no … Read More

What Is and Is Not Autism

As understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has grown, so has parents’ anxiety about what is and what isn’t autism. ASD reflects a wide range of problems and functional abilities. “Children at the severely affected end tend to have more problems, and more pronounced problems, so the diagnosis is usually more clear,” says Kimberly Giuliano, … Read More

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Searching for Signs of Autism

Autism is like many other conditions or disorders — the earlier you find it, the better the care you can provide. Doctors are beginning to look for signs of autism in children at younger ages. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians screen all children for autism at their 18- and 24-month “well-child” visits. … Read More