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What is Autism?

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What is Autism?

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the National Institute of Mental Health, is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior.

Today, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States.

Autism can present as a broad range of challenges including social skills, repetitive pattern of behavior, and special interests or activities. These challenges are sometimes due to a hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli.

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Gratitude is Grand: Tips for Helping Your Child Feel Thankful

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By Elizabeth A. Sautter, M.A., CCC-SLPAuthor of Make Social Learning Stick! Gratitude is on the front burner around Thanksgiving, but it’s a mindset worth fostering year round.  UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center reports that gratitude plays a major role in adult well-being and that grateful young adolescents (ages 11–13) are happier, more optimistic, and more satisfied with school, friends, and family than their less grateful peers.  Likewise, grateful teens (ages 14–19) are more satisfied with their lives, more engaged in schoolwork and hobbies, and less envious, depressed, and materialistic than teens who feel less thankful. The time to help your child cultivate gratitude...

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Promoting Skills for Emotion Regulation

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Promoting Skills for Emotion Regulation

When children experience high levels of stress and anxiety, it can lead to a number of unwanted outcomes, including explosive behavior.

High levels of stress and big emotions related to poor social negotiation skills, difficult educational demands, upsetting sensory issues, and general frustration are more common than you might think.

According to the 2018 Data and Statistics on Children's Mental Health by the Center for Disease Control, anxiety is still one of the most frequent of all mental disorders in children.

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