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exercise and autism

How Exercise Can Help Improve the Symptoms of Autism

by Casey Ames April 15, 2020 6 Comments

Autism and exercise may not immediately seem related, but physical activity could actually improve the symptoms of autism. In this article, we look at which exercises work best and how to try to get your child to participate.
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Learn about common autism comorbidities

Learn about common autism comorbidities like OCD, ADHD, and more

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L April 02, 2020 2 Comments

Over half of those diagnosed with autism have four or more additional diagnosed disorders, also known as comorbidities. This article talks about the most common comorbidities, like ADHD, anxiety, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), so that you can seek additional services for your child if needed.
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Auditory Processing Disorder Free Online Test

Auditory Processing Disorder - Learn about the symptoms and take our free online test

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP March 05, 2020

Auditory Processing Disorder affects about 5% of school-aged children in the United States. Read our article to learn about the signs and symptoms, causes, and treatments. You can even take our free online assessment to help you decide if you should seek further professional guidance.
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Learning styles and autism blog post

Autism and Learning - What You Need to Know

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L February 25, 2020

If you're raising a child with Autism, you may be concerned about how this will affect their learning and education. We'll explain the different learning styles and how best to teach your child.
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Take our free online autism test

Take our Free Online Autism Test and Learn about Autistic Symptoms

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP February 20, 2020 1 Comment

Autism is a developmental disability that is characterized by challenges with social skills, communication, and behavior. This article reviews the symptoms associated with ASD and offers a free online assessment to help determine if further testing by a professional might be helpful.
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We've donated over $50,000 to the University of Washington Autism Clinic!

We've donated over $50,000 to the University of Washington Autism Clinic!

by Casey Ames February 14, 2020

With this last month, we've successfully donated over $50,000 to the University of Washington Autism Center to aid autism research as well as provide families in need with financial help for their child to get therapy!
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Think you or a loved one has ADHD? Take our free online test

Think you or a loved one has ADHD? Take our free online test 

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L January 27, 2020 1 Comment

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders. Learn about the signs, symptoms, and treatments available for ADHD and take our free online assessment to help you decide if you should seek further help in diagnosing you or your loved one.
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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 1 Comment

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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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 4 Comments

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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Zinc & Autism Blog Post

Zinc and Autism: What's the Connection?

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP October 10, 2019 2 Comments

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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Sensory Toys for Adults blog post

The Ultimate List of Sensory Products for Adults

by Dr. Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L August 02, 2019 7 Comments

Do certain sensory inputs cause you stress or anxiety? This is more common than one would think in adults. We dive into why sensory toys may help, then give you the ultimate list of sensory tools, items and products to help create a more sensory friendly environment for more relaxation and less stress
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