A decade ago, hundreds of families began gathering in clinics across North America to take part in an autism research project. They gave blood, answered questions, took tests. How have these 2,600 families influenced our understanding of autism today?
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Among their many contributions to autism research, the families in the Simons Simplex project have given us insight into the lives of girls on the spectrum.
When their child is diagnosed with autism, parents may be told by well-meaning people about all the things that may be harder for their child to accomplish. Rarely do they hear about the things that their child will do as well as everyone else – or perhaps better. Music may be one of those things.
National Geographic arrives with the provocative title, "The War on Science." Inside, readers learn that some people are skeptical of vaccines and other things commonly accepted by scientists. Into this divide comes Dr. Ruth Fischbach. Can her study on autism close the gap between parents and scientists?
Time was short. It was August, and we needed to prepare a "back to school" article for the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) website. We needed to talk to some experienced parents about how to prepare students with autism for a new school year. Who did we call?
No one likes to be called a helicopter parent, that species of hovering mom or dad who is overly involved in their children's lives. But what happens when you have a child with autism, a child who does need more help?
Julia is calm and matter-of-fact whenever she talks about the challenges of raising a son with autism. But when she spoke of her experience taking her son to church, she cried.
Welcome to the re-imagined IAN Community, to your new SSC@IAN section and to the new SSC@IAN blog.