Autism: What about that “spectrum” thing?

Written by Dr. Carosso In the autism community, parents must sift through a host of confusing, murky, and contradictory words, terms,  and concepts. It’s no wonder there is frustration and misunderstanding.  Hopefully this post will help to clear the waters a bit. In a prior posting (autism: facts and fallacies), I discussed that “autism” is not a diagnosis, but simply […]

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Treating ADHD Without Stimulants

Written by Dr. Robert Lowenstein MD I often get questions by parents who prefer not to have their children prescribed a stimulant medication for ADHD. They ask whether there are alternatives to help reduce their child’s symptoms of inattention, over activity, impulsiveness, lack of focus, and irritability. The gold standard for the treatment of ADHD symptoms has been a combination […]

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Stucture: Lets build a house:)

Written by Dr. Carosso Parents are often directed by professionals like me to provide “structure” for their child, which is said to be a benefit to the child’s overall development.  However, do you know what “structure” means?  This often-used term is usually misunderstood and trying to define precisely what professionals mean when they say “structure” is often tough to pin-down. […]

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Autism: Ten ways to De-Stimulate those ‘Stims’

Written by Dr. Carosso Children with autism invariably demonstrate what are called ‘self-stimulatory behaviors’. These are compulsive rituals and behaviors that can be quite challenging to squelch, including hand-flapping, rocking, jumping, squealing, pacing, echoing, and obsessing. To manage these behaviors, parents must first realize that we all ‘self-stimulate’ to one degree or another; hopefully we do so in more socially […]

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Autism: Facts and Fallacies

Written by Dr. Carosso Lets clear some things up:) First: “autism” is not a diagnosis, but a term used to describe the wide spectrum of autistic disorders, ranging from Autistic Disorder, to Asperger’s, to Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS. Second: children with “autism” are, far more often than not, loving, affectionate, and empathic (to one degree or another) especially with their family […]

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