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Why the Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) Protocol Was Ended

Dr. Bernard Rimland, the founder of the Autism Research Institute, was one of the most important contributors to our modern understanding of autism. It was he who led the movement to end the persecution of parents based on the false idea that autism could be caused by “cold” mothers. But it was also Rimland who, […]

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About Autism / Spectrum Disorders: Autism: Is It in the Genes? | Circa July 14, 2008

Mon, Jul 14, 2008, 6:38 AM | Newsletter from Lisa Jo Rudy This week in the news, a “breakthrough” finding links six genes to autism. Meanwhile, the debate about environmental causes of autism shows no signs of letting up. Could both groups be holding their own pieces of the puzzle? Genetic Mutations and Autism: New Research […]

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About Autism / Spectrum Disorders: Is Autism Caused by Heavy Metal Poisoning? | Circa July 10, 2008

Jul 10, 2008, 7:45 PM | Newsletter Autism / Spectrum Disorders In the Spotlight | More Topics | from Lisa Jo Rudy Just a few days ago, a major news story noted that the NIH was considering the possibility of studying chelation (removal of metals from the body through drug therapy) as a tool for treating autism. This story has caused […]

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An Overview of Autism in Children | Updated Circa Feb 5, 2018

Updated February 05, 2018 Autism, by definition, can only be diagnosed if symptoms appear before age three. As a result, autism is usually diagnosed in children—often in children as young as three years old or even younger. Yes, there are circumstances in which autism is diagnosed in teens or adults, but the average age of […]

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About Autism / Spectrum Disorders: How Should We Talk About Autism? | Circa March 4, 2008

Mar 4, 2008, 7:49 AM | Newsletter Autism / Spectrum Disorders In the Spotlight | More Topics | from Lisa Jo Rudy These days, autism is all over the media. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to talk about autism, reveal a diagnosis, or find support and understanding. How should you talk about autism? If you have the option, should you reveal a diagnosis? […]

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About Autism / Spectrum Disorders: Moms Who Cope and Thrive with Autism | Circa May 15, 2007

May 15, 2007, 7:34 AM | Newsletter  Autism / Spectrum Disorders In the Spotlight | More Topics | Give Your Home a Makeover from Lisa Jo Rudy What does it mean to be the mother of a child on the autism spectrum? Check out some of these articles and blogs that explore and express the meaning of mothering a child with autism. Also in […]

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About Autism / Spectrum Disorders: Genetics and Autism: What’s the Link? | Circa Jan 15, 2008

Jan 15, 2008, 8:13 AM | Newsletter   Autism / Spectrum Disorders In the Spotlight | More Topics | from Lisa Jo Rudy This has been a banner month in autism research. No fewer than three new studies have come out with findings on genetics and autism. What we know so far, though, is pretty slight. Autism does run in families. Sometimes. Spontaneous mutations are behind autism. […]