Apparently, it may be possible to detect autism before a baby turns 1, according to a new study where a team of researchers are using magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) as a way to do…so. Right now the earliest a reliable diagnosis of autism can be given is around 2 years old, because there are certain characteristic behaviors that will present themselves, such as an inability to speak several words together or avoiding eye contact. The new findings prove that it could be possible to find a diagnosis long before symptoms may start.… >> Read More
The doctor’s expression told me everything I needed to know about my 3-year-old son. Her words confirmed that he would never speak, learn, or socialize due to Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“Just…take him home and love him,” she said. Imagine being the mom in that moment. Ten years later, that mom and that child stood together on the bimah overlooking an audience of 250 family members and friends. This was a day like no other and one that we only dreamed could be possible. It was… >> Read More
Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. We typically think of it as romantic love–or at least some variety of intimacy between two people. But I find myself celebrating something different.…My daughter is 6 years old and has nonverbal autism. She is so much more than her diagnosis–passionate and kind, full of life and mischief–and I love her fiercely. But the love we share is not an intimate love–because it is shared by so many. Specifically, it is shared by the therapists and doctors who… >> Read More
Toy companies are starting to get it. Over the past few months, companies like Target, Toys “R” Us, and Costco have announced sensory-friendly events for people with autism. Now Chuck E.…Cheese's has joined the fold, announcing their partnership with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). Better yet, they're expanding their “Sensory Sensitive Sundays” program to include 54 locations. How awesome is that? Chuck E. Cheese's has already been hosting “Sensory Sensitive Sundays” at it’s Attleboro, Massachusetts and Glen Burnie, Maryland locations--but now it's adding sensory-friendly… >> Read More
2016 was ushered in, for me, with a cloud of darkness. I was three months pregnant and entering a major depressive episode, the likes of which I had never experienced before. I had decided to try and…go off meds for my pregnancy, but unfortunately, that would not be possible for me. Once I agreed the appropriate course of action was to find the most effective medication for me that posed the least risk to my unborn child, it took several adjustments to find a combination that was effective. Each new round… >> Read More