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Autism in Girls: What are the Signs?

Are you a parent with a daughter who you think could be on the autism spectrum? Perhaps you don’t know where to start in terms of reaching a diagnosis? You’re not alone. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects 1 in 54 children in the United States across all ethnic groups and is four times as prevalent in boys than in girls. Various evidence now suggests that this is inaccurate, and more girls are living with ASD than people realize. ASD is characterized by social communication and social interaction difficulties, according to the DSM-5 classification system. However, research suggests that criteria for diagnosis is based on scientific evidence of autism in...

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Autism, Head Banging and other Self Harming Behaviour

Autism Parenting Magazine recently published an article on head banging and other self-harming behaviours.  ======= In a recent study it was found that as many as 30% of children on the autism spectrum engage in self-injurious behaviour like head banging or skin picking. This an alarming issue for families with children on the autism spectrum. In this guide we discuss the causes and strategies to help your child reduce self-injurious behavior. Why do autistic children hit themselves? For children with autism, headbanging is a way to self-soothe and communicate needs as a result of some form of anxiety. Babies and toddlers soothe themselves and want to feel the same as they did in their mother’s womb. This is known as vestibular stimulation. Other habits...

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Data shows an increase in Domestic Violence assaults during Covid 19

In an article in the ABC news it was reported that there has been a substantial increase in domestic violence related assaults during the Covid 19 pandemic. The article states that there were 9526 family and domestic related assaults reported to the police in the year 2020. This was compared with the 8587 which report were reported in 2019 thus equating to an 11% increase.What is important is that between the periods of March and August, while we were on lockdown, 440 more domestic assaults were recorded. We need to be mindful that the number of domestic violence assaults has been at alarming levels for a number of years.What is of concern is the number of children who are impacted by...

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Children with Autism and Their Special Interests

Autism Parenting Magazine have released another great - and free - guide for parents of children on the autism spectrum. In the article, author Yolande Loftus BA LLB, says: "Special interest…even the name is contentious. Some autistic people feel it’s an almost patronizing term, to them special interest misses the mark completely when describing something they’re so deeply invested in. Hobby falls short by miles. So maybe obsession, fascination, or even specialized interest is more apt? Not quite, some alternatives are actually offensive; so while a more acceptable term is found, special interest is what I’ll be using (as the most widely recognized term) for this article." You can read the entire article here https://bit.ly/3uekqYL You can downlead the free guide from...

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