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When Should Drugs Be Used to Control Autistic Behaviors?

When Should Drugs Be Used to Control Autistic Behaviors?

Psychiatrists often prescribe drugs to control tantrums and other behaviors that may go along with autism. Are drugs a good choice for controlling behaviors? Drs. Robert Naseef and Cindy Ariel offer insights into the role drugs can play in helping people with autism to control anger and frustration.
Autism 101 - How To Minimize Meltdowns In Your Autistic Child

Autism 101 - How To Minimize Meltdowns In Your Autistic Child

Almost every parent of an autistic child has reached the realization that meltdowns are a part of our daily lives. Our children cannot cope with the world around them, and therefore their only way to communicate their dislike of things going on around them or happening to them is to have a meltdown.
Autism Causes and Risk Factors - Helpful Information About Some of the Myths

Autism Causes and Risk Factors - Helpful Information About Some of the Myths

One cannot deny the fact that the opinions of some rogue clinicians and family members have sometimes generate interest enough to attract research funding to prove or disprove them. However, the fact is that some of these ideas really may be dangerous.
Learn and Understand the Basic Autism Symptoms

Learn and Understand the Basic Autism Symptoms

Autism is a condition that affects perception, attention, interaction with others, thought, and many other vital abilities. Unfortunately, because we know so little about how the brain
PDD Autism - Symptoms of Asperger's and Rett's Syndromes

PDD Autism - Symptoms of Asperger's and Rett's Syndromes

Do you know that there are specific symptoms of autism spectrum disorder? Of course there are and this article gives you hints on what their specific symptoms are. You see, for example, when the patient suffers from difficulties in having social relationships with other people, strange kinds of beha
Meet Judy, an Adult with Autism and "A Work in Progress"

Meet Judy, an Adult with Autism and "A Work in Progress"

Judy, an adult with Asperger syndrome, describes the process of growing up different and seeking (and finding) a diagnosis.
Autism: Playing the Blame Game

Autism: Playing the Blame Game

It does not matter what afflicts your health, body or mind. Either way, it always seems that people will end up playing the blame game.
Responding to Difficult Behaviors With a Different Approach to Time Out

Responding to Difficult Behaviors With a Different Approach to Time Out

All children want to be good and please their caretakers. Young children don't PLAN to misbehave or fall apart. When a child has an emotional meltdown it signals they are having trouble controlling their emotions, especially when the demands of the environment exceed their current ability to co
The Beneficial Effects of Positive Reinforcement

The Beneficial Effects of Positive Reinforcement

Education often uses positive or negative reinforcement to teach the student a lesson. For instance, a child learning to speak is going to receive smiles when they emulate the sounds of the adults around them, and this is going to encourage them to continue with their attempts at speech. This is a s
The Psychiatrist and Your Child With Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Psychiatrist and Your Child With Autism Spectrum Disorders

If you have a child with an intellectual disability such as Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, or Pervasive Development Disorder then chances are you have a psychiatrist in your life. They are responsible for putting mood altering substances into your child. Often times this is very necessary, and is done
Prognosis for Children With Signs of Autism

Prognosis for Children With Signs of Autism

Autism is a broad spectrum disorder which means it affects each patient in different ways. The prognosis for autism varies based on where a patient sits on the spectrum. Although there is no known "cure" for autism intervention and treatment can change the severity in signs of autism and e
Advice to Autism Parents from an Emergency 911 Responder

Advice to Autism Parents from an Emergency 911 Responder

What's the best way to help firefighters and police to help your loved one with autism? Here are suggestions from a firefighter who specializes in special needs situations.
Autism: What Is It?

Autism: What Is It?

Many of us have heard the word autism before, but what exactly is this disorder? Autism is a disorder of the brain that negatively affects that person's ability to respond to the outside world, which includes difficulty communicating and forming relationships with other people.
What Treatments Are Available for Adults With AS?

What Treatments Are Available for Adults With AS?

What happens after an adult is diagnosed with Asperger syndrome? What treatments are available and what do they do?
Autism Treatment Options and Precautions

Autism Treatment Options and Precautions

It is hard to find the right medicine to treat a condition when it is unsure of the origin. Doctors are trying but there is no knowledge of what is causing autism and how to avoid it. Until then there is no vaccination for it.
Autism Diagnosis

Autism Diagnosis

Autism diagnosis is much more complicated than Down syndrome as there is no blood test, genetic marker, facial features, or other characteristics that apply to all autistic persons. The diagnosis is subjective, depending on meeting observations of certain behaviors. Autism diagnosis is based on beha
Aspergers: Treatment Means Management

Aspergers: Treatment Means Management

Aspergers is an autism spectrum disorder. It is sometimes called high functioning autism. This means that people with this disorder are considered to be mild case autistic. Don't let words like "high function" or "mild case" confuse you. In Autistic people language developme
Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

"Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome" by Sarita Freedman describes the college prep process from the earliest years through college selection.
8 Best Therapies For Children With Autism

8 Best Therapies For Children With Autism

Autism is a puzzling disorder. As of this writing, the cause and cure remain unknown and mysterious. Yet several different types of therapies have emerged as being potentially useful in treating autism spectrum disorder.
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Share Autism Resources with the Autism Community

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