When Thomas Frazier, PhD, works with parents of children with autism, he knows what they’re experiencing firsthand. And he has plenty of empathy and advice to offer.
To ease your fears and set your child up for success, take action. Start with a few simple tips to build two-way communication with the people who work with your child, from teachers to counselors.
Contributor: Thomas Frazier, II, PhD For many kids, spotting a fire truck might be a high point in the day. But what happens when the blaring sirens or flashing lights trigger sensory overload? That’s often the case for children with autism. Many experience what we call “hypersensitivity” when it comes to hearing, vision, touch, smell … Read More
Contributor: Thomas Frazier, II, PhD When you think of “autism,” does a male child come to mind? It’s understandable if you answer “yes.” Past estimates have suggested that for every female on the autism spectrum, there are three to four males. On the high-functioning end of the spectrum, estimates have been even higher — in … Read More
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Contributor: Thomas Frazier, II, PhD A lack of speech is one of the biggest anxieties parents have about children with autism. In some cases, when a child is struggling to develop verbal skills, help comes in the form of technology. Speech-generating devices have long been available for children with autism, and the era of tablets … Read More
Ongoing beliefs that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have persisted. However, ongoing research has shown no link between the vaccine and the disorder. Now, a large new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association finds the MMR vaccination has no association to the development of autism — even among children who … Read More
Contributor: Thomas Frazier, II, PhD For parents raising a child with autism, an offer of help from a grandparent, aunt, uncle or other family member means a lot. The good news for families: If you want to help, you can. Whether you live nearby or far away, there are ways for extended family members to … Read More
Contributor: Thomas Frazier, II, PhD Making new friends can be challenging for any child. There’s always a bit of anxiety in approaching people, introducing yourself and building a new relationship. Now imagine trying to make friends when you have a tough time reading social cues: figures of speech, body language, hand gestures and facial expressions. … Read More
It started with an observation: Children with autism who also have a certain gene mutation tend to have especially large heads. That observation led to some of the first research linking the PTEN genetic mutation to developmental issues in a group of children with autism. Researchers Thomas Frazier, PhD, and Charis Eng, MD, PhD, published … Read More
Contributor: Thomas Frazier, II, PhD Imagine I’m having a light-hearted conversation with a friend who says something silly. I gently joke, “Your head is full of rocks.” I don’t mean that literally. If you are a neurotypical person, you understand I’m joking. You hear it in my tone of voice and see it in my … Read More