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Do we know what causes autism? Let's look at the science!

Do we know what causes autism? Let’s look at the science

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L January 16, 2020

 

The prevalence of ASD continues to increase. There are many thoughts on why this is the case. In this article, we will review the symptoms of autism and break down the potential causes that have been researched and discuss the established risk factors.

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What are the symptoms of sensory processing disorder?

What are the symptoms of sensory processing disorder? 

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L January 14, 2020

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a diagnosis made for someone who has difficulty processing the sensory information entering their brain from their environment. Our article explains what sensory processing is, the symptoms of SPD and the best treatment options available to help.
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What are the symptoms of ADHD in Children & Adults?

What are the Symptoms of ADHD in Children and Adults?

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP December 12, 2019

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is a common diagnosis in both children and adults. Read our article to learn about the symptoms, treatments, and ways to support children and adults with ADHD.
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gifts for autism child blog post

Top 10 Gifts for Children with Autism

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP December 10, 2019

Do you need gift ideas for a child with autism? We've compiled a list of the Top 10 Gifts, that are both functional and fun for kids with ASD. We've also organized the toys by price range, so you'll find the perfect one to match your budget.
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Surviving the Holidays Autism blog post

The Go-To Guide to Surviving the Holidays When Your Child has Autism

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP December 03, 2019

The holidays are stressful times for everyone and can be even more stressful for children with autism. Survive the holidays by being proactive in helping your child handle the changes in routine, busyness, and general sensory overload. Follow the helpful recommendations laid out in this article!
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What is Fragile X Syndrome blog post

What is Fragile X Syndrome and what are the symptoms?

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L November 26, 2019

Fragile X Syndrome is a genetic, inherited disorder that can cause physical, emotional, and intellectual difficulties for those affected. Read our article to learn about the signs, symptoms, and treatment options available.
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Serotonin & Autism Blog Post

Is There a Relationship Between Serotonin and Autism?

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP November 14, 2019

Did you know that serotonin is one factor that researchers link to about 25% of autism cases? Learn about the connection between serotonin and autism, recent research, and potential treatments.
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5 Best Teaching Strategies for Autism

The 5 Best Teaching Strategies for Autism

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L November 05, 2019

Children with autism have unique learning needs. It's important to be aware of these so that teaching strategies can be adapted and be most effective. In this article, we'll explain the most common challenges and best strategies to help teach kids with autism.
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Everything You Need to Know About ABA for Autism

Everything You Need to Know About ABA for Autism

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L October 28, 2019 2 Comments

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a common intervention used for children with autism. It focuses on how the learning process and environment affect behavior. In this article, we will provide an in-depth overview of ABA therapy and discuss how this field of study applies to children with autism and their families. 

 

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Zinc & Autism Blog Post

Zinc and Autism: What's the Connection?

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP October 10, 2019

Autism rates continue to increase and potential treatments to help improve autistic symptoms are continually studied. Research shows that zinc can play an important role in helping reduce autistic behaviors. Learn about the studies that support the supplementation of zinc for individuals with autism.
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Ultimate Guide to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Blog Post

Ultimate Guide to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L October 04, 2019

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, commonly referred to as OCD, is an often misunderstood term in today’s society. The term OCD is often used loosely. However, it is important to know that OCD is a very real disorder. Learn about the symptoms and diagnosis of OCD and the most effective treatment.
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The Scientific Case for Treating Autism with Medical Marijuana blog post

The Scientific Case For Treating Autism with Medical Marijuana

by Tina Richardson October 04, 2019

Medical marijuana is being used as a natural alternative to treat or reduce the symptoms of a number of psychiatric and developmental disorders. Could individuals with autism also benefit from the use of medical marijuana? This article discusses the traditional therapies and treatments to help the symptoms of ASD as well as marijuana's history as a medicinal or therapeutic alternative. 
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