Monthly Archives: July 2012

PSU Holds Autism Conference

I was in Penn State yesterday attending the National Autism Conference sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  I’m going to share with you today a few thoughts from the discussions. Janet Twyman, PhD, professor of pediatrics at the University … Continue reading

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ADA Anniversary

Tomorrow marks the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Dr. Gertrude Barber was invited to the signing by then-President George H. W. Bush.  You can tune in at 8 a.m. EST Thursday, July 26th to listen to a … Continue reading

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Funding and Importance of Early Childhood Education

I’d like to share a few thoughts about quality early childhood education today.  We know that investments in early childhood are vital to the success of our children.  There is a large body of data from economics, biology and psychology … Continue reading

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Autism & Immune Irregularities

I’d like to update readers on some of the latest research that I have been reading.  A new California Institute of Technology study suggests that specific changes in an overactive immune system can indeed contribute to autism-like behaviors in mice … Continue reading

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iPad or TAP-it? Making the Right Choice for your Child

This past Sunday, 60 Minutes repeated an October 2011 program “Apps for Autism.”  I have since received a number of calls asking my thoughts on the show.  Lesley Stahl interviewed a 27-year-old young man who, prior to the iPad, had … Continue reading

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Medications and Autism Update

Joseph Barber, M.D., provided an outstanding presentation on medication last night.  If you were unable to attend, a synopsis is provided on his blog. His next presentation, “Roles of Regulation, Reactivity and Flexibility in Autism Spectrum Disorder,” will take place … Continue reading

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Medications & Autism

Medications.  Should I or shouldn’t I?  Many families struggle with this question.  From my perspective, there is no right or wrong answer.  When the suggestion to consider medication was first made to me, I immediately said, “Let’s give it a … Continue reading

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