Monthly Archives: May 2012

Pull-to-Sit Test

We all know the importance of early intervention for children with autism. We are constantly striving for earlier and more accurate diagnosis. That is why there is such interest from the wire services in a study that demonstrated weak head … Continue reading

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Updates from IMFAR

The International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) was held this month in Toronto.  This meeting attracts nearly 2,000 participants and presents research from basic science to potential new treatments.  Since few of us have the opportunity to attend these innovative … Continue reading

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What Factors Increase the Risk of Autism?

There is much discussion among those in the autism community about certain factors that may increase the risk of autism. Many theories and studies are out there – genetics, prenatal environment, vaccines – the list goes on and on. Recently, … Continue reading

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Young Adults With Autism

The first question I asked when learning that my son Ryan had an autism spectrum disorder was “What would his future look like?”  Up until then, I presumed that he would attend the University of Notre Dame, as my father, … Continue reading

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Presentation on Autism Issues by Dr. Joseph Barber

For those of you in the Erie area, my brother Dr. Joe Barber will be presenting Tuesday night, May 22, his first lecture at the Barber National Institute Forum from 6:00-7:15 p.m. His topic, “Upcoming Changes in the Diagnosis of … Continue reading

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Defining Autism…Again

In early April, we discussed the planned revision of the medical definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in DSM V.  The proposed definition of Autism, which would eliminate Asperger Syndrome and “pervasive developmental disorder,” was criticized when researchers at Yale … Continue reading

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Building Your Child’s Confidence

Last week, we talked about the prevalence of bullying both in our school and online, and we discussed how we as parents can spot the signs of bullying.  Today, let’s talk about how to build your child’s self confidence and … Continue reading

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