The Difference Between Autism & Social Communication Disorder (SCD)

Has your child been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or does he or she exhibit symptoms of autism? Before seeking autism-specific assistance, make sure the diagnosis is correct. You may learn that your child has Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder (SCD). Recently added to the most current, fifth-edition of the DSM (Diagnosis and Statistical Manual […]

What Are The Signs of Asperger’s in Teens?

According to the CDC, autism affects one in 59 children. Many children receive a diagnosis when they’re young, but you may not notice unusual behavior or question if your child has Asperger’s syndrome until your child becomes a teenager. Learn the signs of Asperger’s and what steps you can take if your teen has the […]

How Two Families Support Their Children With Autism

Autism affects everyone differently. But always remember that you’re not alone. Even though autism can manifest with a variety of symptoms, some of the emotional and practical responses remain very consistent from one situation to the next. Here’s a brief glimpse inside the lives of two parents of children with autism. Janelle’s Story Born just […]

Who Does Autism Affect The Most?

The complexity of autism disorders means that it can be difficult to pinpoint causes, making it difficult to assess properly, or to even understand the problem on more than a basic level. Fortunately, researchers are unraveling links and finding new information about ASD on a regular basis. The ever-expanding body of research can make it […]

Resource Guide For Autism Information And Education

Resource Menu: Resources for General Autism Information Education & Learning Resources for Those with Autism Career & Employment Resources for Those with Autism Relationship Management for Those with Autism Parenting, teaching, or even just getting to know someone with autism can be a challenge. Locating reliable and actionable information about autism on the internet can […]

Balance and behavior expectations between siblings

Parenting a child with autism and children without autism can be a unique, and sometimes daunting, balance. You have to provide extra support for your child with autism and navigate the path of what is best for him, while also carving out time to ensure his brother’s and sister’s needs are met. Research shows that […]

Homeschooling A Child With Autism

As any parent knows, raising a child is rewarding but does not come without challenges and tough decisions. Parents of children with autism face additional challenges such as understanding their child’s unique needs, teaching important life skills and providing an education. While public school systems in Virginia are required to provide education for students with […]

The Potential Impact of New Diagnosis Guidelines

Last May, the APA (American Psychiatric Association) published the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). The DSM is considered the ‘bible’ of diagnoses and is used by doctors, insurance companies and schools as the primary source for diagnoses. In the new edition (DSM-5), the diagnosis for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) underwent significant changes. […]