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July 16, 2020

Having an Aunt or Uncle with Autism May Put Children at Higher Risk of ASD

Risk estimated at 3 to 5 percent vs. 1.5 percent in general population – According to new research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a child who has a parent with a sibling on the spectrum is more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to the general population.

July 08, 2020

Post COVID-19 Pilot Program for Students with Autism

California’s Marin County Paving Way for National Special Education – Classrooms across the nation will be facing numerous modifications as students return to school after the Corona Virus pandemic. Social distancing, face coverings, reduced classroom size and staggered school schedules are only a handful of proposed changes suggested to mitigate risk of contagion on campuses.

July 08, 2020

Autism and Eating Disorders Linked

New Study Identifies Which Issue Comes First – Research has proven that eating disorders and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can occur comorbidly. Over the years, study after study after study has connected these two conditions. However, determining which disorder precedes the other had never been examined until now. New research from University College London (UCL) provides an answer to this question.

July 01, 2020

Autism Triggers Financial Hardship for Countless Families

New Report Shows Non-Whites Hit Hardest – Sobering new information released from Drexel University highlights the often-distressing fiscal burden a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can cause. The report, National Autism Indicators Report: Children on the Autism Spectrum and Family Financial Hardship recorded levels of family financial hardship among households of children with autism. Three aspects of family financial hardship were examined: household poverty, medical expenses and material hardship.

June 29, 2020

Racial Disparity Seen in ASD Prevalence Among Preschoolers in Swedish Immigrant Population

90% of Children Had a Mother Born in Africa or Asia – The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders recently published a new study out of Sweden which examines the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in preschool children among the country’s migrant population. Estimated ASD prevalence for this cohort was, at a minimum, 3.5 times more than the non-immigrant Swedish population.

June 23, 2020

How to Advocate for Special Education Students During COVID-19

An Interview with Special Education Attorney Tim Adams – The COVID-19 pandemic made the spring semester challenging for all families but especially for families with children with autism and other developmental disorders. Many school districts failed to implement a program comparable to what students were receiving prior to the COVID closures.

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