By Rachel Fenning, PhD, assistant clinical professor at The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders The experience of having a child evaluated for a developmental concern may feel overwhelming, but the assessment process can provide clarity and guidance. If your child does receive a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the assessment represents a vital first […]
By Aparna Guttery, occupational therapist at The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Children learn through physical exploration. Some children, including those with autism, may struggle more with fine motor coordination and the use of their hands for exploration. These kids may benefit from addressing underlying foundations that support hand skill development, such as strength, grasp, and […]
An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) may be a critical part of some kids’ educational programs, including those with autism and other disorders.
By Gillian Hayes, director of technology research at The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders and associate professor of informatics at UC Irvine In the past few years, technology has been a big breakthrough in helping kids with autism learn and helping parents improve care for their children. I’ve witnessed this first hand through my work […]
“A most important initial step to understanding your child is by obtaining the best comprehensive evaluation, identifying the child’s strengths and weaknesses, having questions answered, and developing a plan for intervention,” says Dr. Donnelly, pediatric neurologist at CHOC and UC Irvine. “Parents and families need help and hope. They need to believe their child will improve and has a chance for a meaningful life. They can get help by contacting The Center for Autism
& Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Santa Ana.”
Three kids with autism share what life is like for them at home and at school, and offer tips that can help teachers, parents and other kids with autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorder remains a mysterious but prevalent disorder that now is believed to affect one in 88 children and one in 54 boys in the United States. It’s also the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the country. There is no medical detection or cure for autism. However, learning as much as possible about the […]