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 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
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
By Maureen Dillon, clinical social worker at The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders When parents come to The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, they often feel overwhelmed when we tell them their child has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In the days and weeks following a diagnosis, families experience a wide range of
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are typically diagnosed in toddlers or young children based on certain behavioral patterns; there is no medical diagnostic test. “There are changes in three areas of behavior that lead to a diagnosis,” Dr. Philip Schwartz, senior scientist at the CHOC Children’s Research Institute in Orange, explains. “One is communication and the others are sociability and repetitive behaviors, where the child does the same thing over and over..”
Scientists and researchers at the CHOC Children’s Research Institute continue to study Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in an effort to find the causes and develop effective treatments for these perplexing and mysterious disorders. In one of CHOC’s research labs, Dr. Philip Schwartz and his team, including Drs. David Brick and Omar Khalid, use stem cells