Since 2013, autism, Asperger’s syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder were combined into one diagnosis: autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We define where on the spectrum a child is based on the amount of support he needs.
A Google search of “autism resources” brings up more than 67 million hits. So how do you know which resources will be helpful? In honor of Light It Up Blue on April 2, a global ASD awareness campaign, I want to share a list of my recommendations of autism resources.
Research has shown that parents are right 85 percent of the time when they think their child has a health concern. In this video, Dr. John Duby, director of developmental-behavioral pediatrics at Akron Children’s Hospital, discusses how a parent’s input plays a key role in the proper diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
Although their cause is unknown, autism spectrum disorders affect about 1 in 88 children. In this Children’s Channel video, Dr. John Duby, director of developmental-behavioral pediatrics at Akron Children’s Hospital, shares the signs and symptoms that a child may be affected by one of these developmental disorders.
I know we all have friends and family who are willing to be supportive throughout our journey, but it seems when you find other families that have a child with special needs, a connection is made that doesn’t usually happen.
Last year, 13-year-old Kiarah Harris’ life was anything but calm as she fought a life-threatening case of pneumonia at Akron Children’s Hospital. It was during this time that doctors diagnosed her with a chronic, auto-immune disorder.