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Virtual Training Teaches Parents To Manage Autism Behaviors

New research suggests that virtual training can help parents learn to address behavior issues in their kids with autism, a development that could be especially meaningful amid the pandemic.

October 27, 2020

With Autism Intervention, More Hours Not Necessarily Better

How many hours a week of intervention do young children with autism need? A new study suggests that the precise number may not be all that consequential.

October 23, 2020
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Heart, Lung, Diabetic Conditions More Common In Adults On The Spectrum

Adults with autism are up to four times more likely than others to have chronic physical health conditions, new research suggests, and lifestyle factors don't appear to be the reason why.

October 16, 2020

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Video Shows Cop Handcuffing, Taunting 7-Year-Old With Autism After He Spat At School

The mother of a boy with autism is suing after police body camera video shows an officer handcuffing and pressing him to the floor for 38 minutes, all because he spit in a school "quiet room."

October 15, 2020

Disney Faces ADA Suit Over Mask Requirement

A mother is suing the Walt Disney Co. for allegedly violating the ADA after her son with autism was barred from entering a Disney Store because he was not wearing a mask.

October 1, 2020
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Children Missing Out On Developmental Services Because Of Labyrinth System

To get services for their children, parents often must navigate a dizzying array of health care providers, special education entities and insurance programs, often with little support or guidance.

September 30, 2020

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Federal Autism Committee Goes Dark

A long-established federal autism advisory committee charged with coordinating the government's activities related to the developmental disorder has been defunct for the last year.

September 29, 2020
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‘Sesame Street’ Helping Kids With Autism Learn To Wear Face Masks

With a collection of new materials, "Sesame Street" is working to help kids with autism adapt to wearing face masks and other realities of living through a pandemic.

September 23, 2020

Nonprofit Wants To Create 101,000 Jobs For People With Autism

An autism nonprofit in one state is setting an ambitious goal to address the employment needs of residents on the spectrum — to create 101,000 jobs within 10 years.

September 22, 2020

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Genetic Testing Can Make Big Difference For Individuals With Autism, Study Finds

Many families of children with autism forgo recommended genetic tests after receiving a diagnosis and that's a mistake, researchers say.

September 17, 2020

Police Shoot 13-Year-Old With Autism After Mom Calls 911 For Help

When the mother of a teen with autism called 911 to get help during a meltdown, she expected a crisis team to de-escalate the situation. Instead, the boy was shot when he ran from police.

September 9, 2020

‘Sesame Street’ Changing Attitudes About Autism

Five years after "Sesame Street" put its focus on autism, new research suggests the show's materials are changing minds among parents of kids with and without the developmental disorder.

September 8, 2020

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