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Study Testing First Medication To Treat Autism

A drug being tested in a nationwide clinical trial could become the first to increase the ability of those with autism to connect socially and overcome other symptoms of the disorder.

March 19, 2018
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Autism Symptoms Rarely Isolated, CDC Researchers Say

Nearly all children with autism are dealing with at least one other condition — and often several — ranging from anxiety to ADHD, sleep, behavioral and GI issues, a new study suggests.

March 16, 2018

Autism Insurance Mandates Trigger Influx Of Service Providers

States that pass laws requiring health insurers to cover ABA therapy for kids with autism are seeing spikes in service providers entering the market, advocates say.

March 13, 2018

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Special Educator’s Use Of Facilitated Communication Lands Dad In Jail

The father of a boy with special needs spent 35 days in jail after his son's teacher used a largely discredited method to claim the boy — who speaks little — had been abused.

March 9, 2018
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Autism Drama ‘The Good Doctor’ Awarded New Season

With sky-high ratings, network executives are green-lighting a second season for a prime-time drama centering on a physician on the spectrum.

March 8, 2018
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Marijuana Complicates Guardianship For Teen With Severe Autism

As a last-ditch effort, one family turned to marijuana to stem the self-injurious behaviors of their daughter with autism. The drug worked, but complicated their quest for guardianship.

March 7, 2018

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Autism-Related Challenges Persist Well Into Adulthood, Study Shows

In one of the first studies to look at the lives of people with autism as they hit middle age, researchers found adults struggling with independence, employment and relationships.

March 5, 2018

Feds Name New National Autism Coordinator

The federal government has a new point person for autism-related research, services and supports.

March 2, 2018
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Vigils To Honor People With Disabilities Killed By Caregivers

About 150 people with disabilities were killed by their parents, relatives or caregivers within the last year alone. Vigils across the country will remember these victims.

February 27, 2018

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Increasingly, Businesses Tailoring Employment To Adults With ASD

As parents search for employment opportunities for their adult children with autism, some are creating businesses built to accommodate their kids' special needs and maximize their talents.

February 26, 2018

Behavior Therapy Services In Limbo For Military Families

A massive overhaul of the military's health insurance system is leaving behavior therapy services in question for children across the country.

February 23, 2018

Blood, Urine Tests Could Change How Autism Is Diagnosed

New research suggests that blood and urine tests could one day be used to diagnose autism, potentially offering a biomarker to identify children at younger ages.

February 20, 2018

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