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Therapeutic horse riding and autism

Therapeutic Horse Riding (THR) is already well-known, by both professionals and parents, as having very good effects in developing the social skills of some children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Some smaller studies have provided evidence for these improvements, but … Continue reading

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Having a second child after a diagnosis of ASD

We are often consulted by parents whose first child has received a diagnosis of autism and who are considering having a second child. These parents are concerned about the increased risk that their second child would also be diagnosed with … Continue reading

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Lasting outcomes of early intervention for ASD

Yet another study has shown that early interventions may make a positive difference for the autistic child. The study by Annette Estes and others was recently reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This … Continue reading

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Do difficulties remain once a diagnosis of autism is lost?

It used to be thought that autism was a lifetime condition, but more recent experience shows that some children can lose that diagnosis. A recent study looked to see if children who lose the diagnosis still experience some possibly related … Continue reading

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Decreasing eye contact an early indicator of autism?

There is more evidence to show that eye tracking technology may contribute to an early diagnosis of autism. Autism Speaks reports on a study by researchers from Atlanta’s Marcus Autism Center and Emory University which investigated eye contact by infants … Continue reading

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US Federal authorities clarify Medicare cover for autism services

In the United States the Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have announced that comprehensive autism services must be covered for children under all state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program plans. The policy requires cover over a full … Continue reading

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Synaptic overabundance and autism

Some of the symptoms of autism may be due to the brain failing to prune synapses during the early, crucial years of a child’s life. The resulting overabundance of synapses could contribute to some of the symptoms of autism and … Continue reading

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Home videos used to detect autism

A recent study has confirmed our experience, that the early signs of autism can be detected by trained observers in short video clips. For several years therapists in our associated clinic have used informal video recordings to assess the signs … Continue reading

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Brain activity shows babies rehearsing speech months before first words

Brain activity in babies as young as seven months show that they are preparing to begin to speak. Researchers from the University of Washington found that areas of the brain responsible for planning the motor movements associated with speech were … Continue reading

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Babies who seem to self-correct their autism?

Sophie Williams – July 19th 2014 A recent study in Atlanta has shown that some babies who display early symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) seem to be able to self-correct at about 9 months of age.The group of babies … Continue reading

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