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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.

April 1, 2014
CDC Releases New Prevalence Numbers of 1 in 68 for ASD

By Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last week that the prevalence rate for Autism Spectrum Disorder have increased in the last two years, from 1 in 88 children in 2012 having ASD to 1 in 68 children having ASD today. What do these statistics actually mean?

Explanation of the Data... Read More

Tags: News and Advice; Science News;

March 4, 2014
Time for Summer Planning

by Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA

One great way to get through a frigid winter is to make plans for your child for his/her summer break. Although it might seem early, spots in many camps and programs are already filling, so now is the perfect time to discover the opportunities that are out there.

The National Autism Association recently... Read More


Tags: News and Advice; Resource Guide;

February 4, 2014
UMass Medical Center: Bringing Autism Clincal Care and Research Closer to Home

Perhaps the best way to introduce the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is through the words of a Central Mass mother of two sons with autism.

“In May 2013, a parent advocate told me about the new clinic at UMASS, the CANDO Clinic.  We were referred to the program... Read More


Tags: News and Advice;

December 9, 2013
Executive Functions in Children with ASDs

by Dr. L. Erik von Hahn, MD
and Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA

In our practice parents often ask, “What does ‘executive functioning’ mean and how does it affect my child?”  Executive functions are brain activities that allow us to set goals, organize, and complete tasks. They are required for any action or task that we do.

... Read More

Tags: News and Advice; Resource Guide;

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?


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


Tags: Ask an Expert; News and Advice; Resource Guide;

November 21, 2013
Autism Gift-Giving Guide

By Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA

There is no Top Ten list of best presents for a child with autism. Something that one child would absolutely love could be too complicated, too loud, or not interesting to another child with autism. So we asked parents about their child’s most loved toys.

Suggestions from Parents

• The game (and the... Read More


Tags: News and Advice; Resource Guide;

July 16, 2013
Water Safety

By: Daniel Vogel

As summer rolls around, many parents find themselves spending more time near water – at pools, ponds, or beaches. It is always important to keep safety in mind. As a former lifeguard for several summers, I know that many dangerous situations in water arise because parents simply do not know the safety guidelines. I have... Read More


Tags: News and Advice; Resource Guide;

April 24, 2013
The Massachusetts Sibling Support Network: Supporting Siblings of People with Disabilites

Growing up with a brother or sister with a disability – whether the disability is emotional or physical, visible or hidden – is a unique, often challenging, and potentially rewarding experience. Nationwide, adult siblings of people with disabilities report that the sibling experience profoundly influences their childhood and adolescence,... Read More


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