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So much is happening in the world of autism—from news reports, to new scientific developments and information on the latest research studies—that sometimes it’s hard to keep up. The Autism Consortium eNewsletter will keep you informed and up-to-date on important news, events and studies.

December 9, 2013
Ask an Expert: The Who, What, How and Whys of Genetic Testing

The Expert: Beth Rosen Sheidley, MS, CGC
 

Question from a parent:

The doctor who diagnosed my son with autism recommended that we get genetic testing done. I am confused about the reason for genetic testing. Why should my child and our family consider it?

Answer:

There are many reasons you might find it beneficial to have your child... Read More

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July 16, 2013
Ask an Expert: Vision Care

By: Lisa DiBonaventura, M.A., COMS


Why is it important to regularly assess a child’s vision?

Regularly assessing a child’s vision is critical starting within the first year of life. It is the only way to ensure that eyes are healthy and that the visual perception system is developing and functioning properly.  Vision impacts... Read More

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June 3, 2013
Ask an Expert: What is Equine Assisted Therapy?

Expert: Sarah Norris, Riding Programs Coordinator, The Bridge Center, Bridgewater, MA


Will you share a bit about the history of the Bridge Center and the development of your equine assisted programs?

Answer:

The Bridge Center is a fully-accessible 20+ acre campus located in Bridgewater, MA that offers Year-Round, Summer Camp, and Equine... Read More

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April 23, 2013
Ask an Expert: Why Is It Important to Study Siblings in Research?

The Expert: Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology, Boston University
President, International Society for Autism Research


Question from a parent:

What are you studying?

Answer:

Together with my collaborator Professor Charles Nelson at Children’s Hospital we are studying the very early development of infants who... Read More

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March 11, 2013
Ask an Expert: How do I talk to my child about his diagnosis?

The Expert: Stephen Shore, Ed.D.


Question from a parent:

We know that a lot of families struggle with telling their child about the autism diagnosis.  What would you recommend?

Answer:

I advise parents to tell the child earlier rather than later. A child is ready for disclosure when they have sufficient awareness of their differences from... Read More

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February 6, 2013
Ask an Expert: What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

The Expert: Lisa Nowinski, Ph.D.


Question from a parent:

I've heard a lot about neuropsychological evaluations but I'm not sure what they're for and whether my child needs one.

ANSWER:

“Neuropsychological Evaluation” is a term that is used to describe a battery of tests that measure a child’s cognitive skills and overall brain... Read More

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