Geneticist Wendy Chung’s TED Talk About Autism [Video]

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I love watching TED talks because you never know what you’ll find. While browsing around the TED YouTube channel I came across geneticist Wendy Chung’s TED Talk about autism. Chung examines the idea that there are multiple causes for autism, and even dabbles in the controversial topic of vaccines and autism. That’s one debate I stay out of, but I still enjoyed the talk. I hope you do, too. Related: 10 Common Autism Myths 2009 National Vaccine Information Center Conference {Read More}

CHD8 Genetic Mutation Linked to Autism

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The genetic side of autism fascinates me and so I’m always keeping an eye out for new research that shows a genetic link to the condition. Last week, a researcher at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institute announced that a genetic mutation of CHD8 is linked to autism in some individuals. Dr. Raphael Bernier, clinical director of Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Associate Professor at the University of Washington, who led the research in collaboration with 13 institutions worldwide, has {Read More}

Sleeping Challenges and Autism Go Hand in Hand

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Does your child with autism have trouble sleeping? Both of mine certainly do. Even though my youngest child’s autism symptoms are all subclinical, she still has trouble sleeping most nights. If you’re singing the same tune, then it may make you feel a bit better to know that we are not alone. According to Australia’s Learning Discoveries Psychological Services, “Researchers estimate that sleep disorders affect between 40% to 80% of children with ASD. The most common problems are difficulty falling {Read More}

What To Do When Your Child With Autism Can’t Gain Weight

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Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the biggest challenges my oldest has faced. When he was younger, he was a super picky eater and so it was hard to find calorie and nutrient-rich foods that he would eat. As he got older, his palate expanded, but he still had problems reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. So what can you do when your autistic child can’t gain weight? There are probably a bevy of answers but for us, the {Read More}

Allergy 101 [Infographic]

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Hope Paige created the infographic above to demonstrate the large volume of students affected by conditions such as allergies and why it’s so important to be prepared – with this bracelet, parents can breathe easy knowing kids are protected and kids can head to school with a one-of-a-kind new accessory! I have to admit, these are some pretty cool medical ID bracelets – far cooler than the ones my kids used to wear. Infographic courtesy of HopePaige.com

Mommy Monsters and Depression

Mommy Monsters, Depression and Special Needs Children

My husband has a favorite comic called “Rose is Rose”. One of our favorite strips is where she can’t sleep because the “mommy monsters” are plaguing her and making her feel like a bad mother, even though, like all fictitious characters, she is a great, almost perfect mother. I am dealing with Mommy Monsters. With school around the corner, and our typical stressed out preparations, my son has become a raging bundle of anxious nerves. He is not ready, but {Read More}