A Future-Focused Approach to Help Improve Quality of Life – A Conversation with Dr. Sneha Kohli Mathur

Dr. Sneha Kohli Mathur is an ally. She created a company, Spectrum Success, to provide adolescents and adults on the Autism Spectrum with numerous services to improve their quality of life. They offer consultation services for parents, adults, colleges, and parents. A founding member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion SIG in ABA, Dr. Mathur …

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The History of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is a developmental disorder, impairing an individual’s ability to interact with others and behave appropriately. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a spectrum. Dr. Rebecca Landa, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, said in an interview, “If you meet one person with autism, you meet one person with autism.” Each person with …

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The Vaccine Debate

In 1998, Andrew Wakefield published a paper, claiming that the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine caused symptoms including intestinal inflammation, among other things that led to the consequent development of autism. This paper was scientifically flawed and even fraudulent due to data misrepresentation. Wakefield claimed that autism arose as a result of intestinal inflammation …

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Person-First Autism Research and Early Intervention: An Interview with Dr. Rebecca Landa

Dr. Rebecca Landa, a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, is a highly influential autism researcher and the founder of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Some of her research publications include, Longitudinal Effects of Adaptive Interventions With a Speech-Generating Device in …

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Understanding Autism Through Research – An Interview with Dr. Wendy Chung

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to interview Dr. Wendy Chung, the director of clinical research at SPARK and a supervisor of education in human genetics at Columbia University Medical School as well as a Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics in Medicine. By managing the research study of autistic individuals, Dr. Chung evaluates opportunities to …

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Why Does My Brother Have an Autism Diagnosis and I Don’t?

   I do not have Autism, but looking at my brother I feel that we sometimes have similar characteristics. I am sensitive to overstimulation. I get frustrated easily when too many things are going on. I become irritable and tend to feel restless in these situations. I often have difficulty identifying my feelings. Hence, I …

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Can My Mom’s Diabetes be Related to My Brother’s Autism?

This past summer, I came across an article connecting maternal diabetes to autism in the offspring. My Mom was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on December 31, 2000 at the age of 26. Type 1 Diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes, runs on my moms side of the family so to be diagnosed at the …

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