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Saliva Test May Help Speed Up Autism Diagnosis

New research suggests that determining whether or not a child likely has autism could one day be as simple as spitting in a cup.

November 13, 2018
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With Insurance Change, Access To ABA Therapy Expected To Grow

A change to medical billing codes for the most common behavior therapy for autism will mean better insurance coverage for families and less hassle for providers, advocates say.

November 12, 2018
Scale

Weight Troubles Plague Kids With ASD, Developmental Delays Equally

Children with developmental delays — including autism — are nearly 50 percent more likely than other kids to become overweight or obese at young ages, according to a new study.

November 9, 2018

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Music Therapy Yields Gains For Children With Autism

Incorporating singing and other music-based activities in therapy sessions can make a big impact for kids with autism, new research suggests, boosting communication and other factors.

November 6, 2018

Company Says Autism Blood Test Now Available

The first blood test for autism is now on the market, but the company behind the test is still working to make it available nationwide.

November 2, 2018
Keir Gilchrist

Netflix Renews Series About Teen On The Spectrum

A television show all about the experiences of a teenager with autism is getting another run.

October 30, 2018

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The Good Doctor

TV Shows Featuring More Characters With Disabilities

The number of characters with disabilities on prime-time television this year is set to hit a record high.

October 25, 2018

Screening Tool May Identify Root Of Autism Behavior Problems

Kids with autism often struggle with behavior issues, but researchers say a simple new questionnaire may be able to determine if an underlying medical condition is actually the cause.

October 24, 2018
ABA therapy session

As Demand For ABA Therapy Increases, Investors Buy In

Autism therapy is attracting significant attention from private equity firms, a trend that could fund rapid expansion of clinics, but is also raising concerns about quality of care.

October 23, 2018

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Companies Under Fire For Hawking Fake Autism, Cerebral Palsy Treatments

Federal officials are taking action against two companies for charging thousands of dollars for therapies they "deceptively" claimed could treat autism, cerebral palsy and other conditions.

October 22, 2018

Dragging Of Boy With Autism Not Isolated, Advocates Say

As national television networks have been airing video of school staff dragging a student with autism, advocates are expressing concern, saying they've seen similar situations before.

October 18, 2018
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Disney Fights To Keep Autism Lawsuits From Going To Trial

Walt Disney Co. is fighting to stop trials for 30 lawsuits in which people with autism contend the company's theme parks didn't accommodate them because they had to wait in line for rides.

October 12, 2018

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