Autism Articles



The autism articles listed below are written by those touched by this disorder to share their experiences and expertise with practical how-to tips on various topics.







Information on Autism

A Child With Autism shares a general overview of what autism is, how the disorder is diagnosed, evaluations and other tests, how children are affected, treatment options, services and supports, prognosis, coping strategies, cause, incidence rate, costs to society, along with some useful resources. Article written by W.R. Brown, a mother of an autistic child.

Autism and Dental Anesthesia Richard John Novak, M.D. Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford Department of Anesthesiology offers information on the effects of children with autism and dental anesthesia, standards of care, drugs commonly used, and how emotionally uncooperative patients are treated.

Defeating Scoliosis, Living With Autism (Part One)

Defeating Scoliosis, Living With Autism (Part Two)

Defeating Scoliosis, Living With Autism3 (Part Three)

In the first person narrative, Wanda Brown takes on the persona of her son MJ, an autistic child, relating the experience of his recent spinal surgery for scoliosis.

Developmental Checkups: They’re good, they’re cheap and they’re almost never done. What is wrong with this picture? By Margaret Dunkle & Louis Vismara, MD.

Disparities Among African Americans With Autism discusses some serious and challenging issues related to Blacks with autism and other disabilities, and how we can all help to make immediate positive changes. Article written by Wanda Brown, mother of a child with autism.

Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew is an insightful article written by award-winning author and parent, Ellen Notbohm.

Advocacy Points

What Parents Need To Know About IDEA 2004 And Their Child's IEP is an article to inform parents about the final regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, which Congress reauthorized in 2006, written by Dixie Jordan, PACER project coordinator and national speaker.

Autism Support & Services

Supports Intensity Scale article about a planning tool designed to measure the level of support that each person with autism needs to fully participate in the community, written by Dan Sperling.

Coping with Autism

Accessing ASD Support Groups provides parents with information to help you you identify parent groups that exist nationally, and in your state and community. It will also help you decide which group or groups would be useful to you in meeting your family's needs and concerns. If no such group exists in your community, this Guide provides many suggestions on how to start your own parent group.

Understanding The Diagnosis And Getting Help offers a general overview of circumstances that parents and caregivers raising an autistic child may face, and suggests practical ways on how to manage them better.

Autism Legislation

Advocacy tips: 10 Guidelines for Meeting with a Policy Maker by Bobby Silversteen, Director, Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy.

The Top Ten Tips on How to Influence Policy Makers and the Policy Making Process helps us to get ready to meet with a policy maker by following the guidelines offered in an article prepared by Bobby Silversteen, Director of Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy.

Safety Concerns

Parent Guide to Understanding Bullying Recognize and deal with both bullied and bullying children, warning signs parents should be alert to, the psychology of bullies and victims, how to empower children, and how to reach out to bullies, how not to raise a bully and what schools can do to help prevent bullying.

Sensory Matters

Holiday Tips For Families Living With Autism can be manageable and fun if we anticipate the holidays and what they entail before they arrive, the person with autism can be made more comfortable and at ease.

Tantrum-Free Haircut Parent Tips is written by a mother of a child with autism who has sensory issues. W.R. Brown shares 20 parent tips and ideas to help your child better tolerate haircuts, with some useful related resources.

Traveling Tips for Families with an Autistic Child Traveling with an autistic child will take some preparation and a bit of creativity. Parent and award-winning author, Chantal Sicile-Kira shares some of her insights with you in her article.





Having a Daughter With a Disability: Is It Different for Girls?, an article from the National Clearinghouse on Women and Girls with Disabilities, provides in-depth information and resources on raising a daughter with special needs.

Siblings of Children with Special Health and Developmental Needs, Programs, Services and Considerations offers information and resources for families by the ARCH National Resource Center.

Some Advice For Others Who Care is an essay written by Susan Moreno, of MAAP Services.

Teaching Children With Autism

Assistive Technology for Children with Autism written by Autism Consultant, Susan Stokes explains different modes of technology for autistic students.

Considerations in Teaching More Advanced Students with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders by Susan Moreno, Mary Anne Neiner, and Carol O’Neal, offers many practical tips and strategies on teaching high functioning students with autism.

Supporting Students With Autism: 10 Ideas for Inclusive Classrooms Article adapted by Paula Kluth "You're going to love this kid: Teaching students with autism in the inclusive classroom" to help a teacher of any grade level or subject area plan lessons and engineer a safe and comfortable classroom for students with autism.

Should children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder be exempted from doing homework? How does homework affect autistic children? Article written by Dr. Tony Attwood.

Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism by Temple Grandin, Ph.D. is based upon her personal learning experiences as an autistic person.

Transitioning to Adulthood

Teaching The Person With Autism How To Drive is written by a parent and speech pathologist whose son was taught to drive, shares the steps necessary for teaching the person with autism how to drive.



Autism and Vaccines

Autism, Vaccines and Early Intervention – the Hannah Poling Case is written by Margaret Dunkle, Director of The Early Identification and Intervention Collaborative for Los Angeles County (March 12, 2008), offering highlights of this landmark autism vaccine court case.



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