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Remembering a Diagnosis: Meet New Technology Contributor Ethan Hirschberg

I am aware of the controversy among some parents about whether or not to tell their kids about their diagnosis. I am in full support of parents telling their kids but also realize it is an important and difficult decision. When my mom told me it was beyond helpful. These kids already know that they are different and a conversation like this will help them understand themselves. By prolonging this important talk you may be hurting your child. As a parent, you need to determine when the time is right. For me, my parents tried when I was eight, realized that I wasn’t ready, and then tried at ten. As the maturity level of kids differs greatly, it’s up to the parent(s) to find the right time.

To all of the parents out there that have young children with Autism, I have a challenge: determine the right time to talk to your child. It doesn’t have to be now. It can be in a few weeks, months, or years. If you try it and your child isn’t ready, then wait. It’s only a matter of time!

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Founder Files: Autism and Motor Functions by Dr. Joshua Weinstein

Research is currently exploring the positive benefits of physical activity interventions that will improve motor functions in individuals with autism and perhaps carry-over to other areas as well. Nonetheless, every individual should have a specifically designed treatment plan to improve motor control. In some cases, a child may excel in gross motor with significant impairments in fine motor, or vice versa. Some may have impairments in both areas. Each treatment plan needs to address the specific needs of each child.

Children with autism are not as good at exploring different ways to achieve a goal. They have difficulty sorting through and selecting the right sensory information for a task. They also do not extract lessons from the past and thus have a harder time learning through experience. All of these deficits in brain functions hinder motor development. Yet, they can be addressed with proper treatment.

Autism research is experiencing a growth in the immeasurable area that covers the link between the neural circumstances that interrupt motor development and other salient features of autism. Very soon, research may offer more exact early interventions for improving motor functions and development. Continue reading Founder Files: Autism and Motor Functions by Dr. Joshua Weinstein »