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Apraxia – This speech disorder often overlaps with autism
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Apraxia – This speech disorder often overlaps with autism

Some children with autism should undergo ongoing screenings for , a rare neurological speech disorder, because the two conditions often go hand-in-hand. Over the course of a three-year study, 64 percent of children initially diagnosed with autism were found...
Autism and Elimination Diets –  Join the Food Detectives
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Autism and Elimination Diets – Join the Food Detectives

Diets.   Do you flinch when you hear that word?   There's no need to - it's time consuming but certainly not impossible. Gluten and casein free (GF/CF) diets are often mentioned in relation to autism and yet some professionals are still skeptical about them...
Autism and medication.  A Spoonful of Sugar?
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Autism and medication. A Spoonful of Sugar?

Now to the controversial area of medication. While it is certainly worth trying a sensory and dietary approach first it would be foolish to ignore the fact that the correct medication - given in the right amount - can help at times. A sweeping statement? No...
Autism and Food Intolerances – Dietary tools
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Autism and Food Intolerances – Dietary tools

The last few articles have focused on leveling the playing field for your child, giving him (or her) some of the tools that will help them get the most out of life. But now to turn the spotlight on food allergies and intolerances; problems which often appea...
Autism and Neuro-developmental delay – It’s not all about the money.
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Autism and Neuro-developmental delay – It’s not all about the money.

If you’ve been following this series hopefully by now your child should be feeling less stressed and perhaps even has one sense that actually gives accurate information about the world around him. So what should you do next? People who make the mistake of t...
Autism and Food Intolerances – And finally
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Autism and Food Intolerances – And finally

In a previous article I mentioned a girl who became seemingly ‘drunk’ after eating carrots and a boy who, after 'scoffing' a whole packet of chocolate and orange biscuits became really hyperactive.  Seemingly strange behaviours you might think and yet they are...
Autism and other potential food ‘hazards.’    Still Detecting.
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Autism and other potential food ‘hazards.’ Still Detecting.

We’ve already discussed elimination diets in relation to the ‘usual (ASD related) suspects’ gluten and casein.  Even so there are other potential food ‘hazards’ too that need investigating in case they are relevant to your child. The first is personal so pl...
Autism and Hearing – Another Survival Tool
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Autism and Hearing – Another Survival Tool

For some children the visual problems mentioned in my last article are less distressing than the auditory differences, some of which, like hyperacusis (hypersensitivity to some sounds), can cause great distress in many situations. So this is for you if your...
Going back to school?   Try these tips.
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Going back to school? Try these tips.

Tips for Parents Yesterday, we looked at tips for teachers in the article, Teacher's quick guide to autism but it is always a good idea for parents to take review some of the things parents can do to help teachers understand the specific autistic child. The...
New Kid in the Class? Teacher’s quick guide to autism
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New Kid in the Class? Teacher’s quick guide to autism

Tips for Teachers All children live up (or down) to other people’s expectations so be positive and realistic – as your attitude will affect much of the rest of his life. Your job is to help him to fulfil his potential. Be aware that: Children with ASD ar...