By Rachel Fenning, PhD, assistant clinical professor at The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders The experience of having a child evaluated for a developmental concern may feel overwhelming, but the assessment process can provide clarity and guidance. If your child does receive a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the assessment represents a vital first
By Aparna Guttery, occupational therapist at The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Children learn through physical exploration. Some children, including those with autism, may struggle more with fine motor coordination and the use of their hands for exploration. These kids may benefit from addressing underlying foundations that support hand skill development, such as strength, grasp, and
By Jeanne Anne Carriere, director of the Chapman Ability Project, a collaboration between Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies and The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) may be a critical part of some kids’ educational programs, including those with autism and other disorders. The IEP meeting is a common,
By Gillian Hayes, director of technology research at The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders and associate professor of informatics at UC Irvine In the past few years, technology has been a big breakthrough in helping kids with autism learn and helping parents improve care for their children. I’ve witnessed this first hand through my
By Michelle L Wahlquist, M.S., CCC-SLP, The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders If you’ve ever watched a speech therapy session, you probably noticed a lot of play taking place. Well, there is a reason for that. Play is the foundation to learning how to communicate and interact with others. From the moment an infant
Three kids with autism share what life is like for them at home and at school, and offer tips that can help teachers, parents and other kids with autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorder remains a mysterious but prevalent disorder that now is believed to affect one in 88 children and one in 54 boys in the United States. It’s also the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the country. There is no medical detection or cure for autism. However, learning as much as possible about the
By Amy-Jane Griffiths, Ph.D., NCSP, BCBA-D, Director of Chapman University’s Families and Schools Together (F.A.S.T) at The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders The transition from high school to adulthood can be the most exciting and challenging time for students. And for teens with autism, the transition to adulthood can be especially difficult. Planning ahead