Most parents experience stress, but for those raising children with autism, everyday life often brings Stress with a capital S, from managing behavior and therapies to school problems. More than a few studies report that parents of children with autism experience more stress than other parents do. What can families do to cope?
Simons Simplex Collection (SSC)
How one mom pushed to get a diagnosis for her son's rare condition, find other children like hers, and amass a database of symptoms. She calls herself a "crazy obsessed, highly caffeinated, middle of the night, internet stalking, Mommy-Detective." And she has the ear of researchers on three continents.
Antipsychotic drugs have become something of a "go-to" treatment for the most severe behavior in autism. They're prescribed frequently to children and adults. What are the risks and benefits?
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.
Learn about autism in girls and women in this video from Dr. Kevin Pelphrey.
A new study suggests that children with autism may have two different and unrelated types of sensory problems, not one as currently believed. The study involves families in the Interactive Autism Network and Simons Simplex Collection.
Is autism different in girls? Researchers are trying to get a better picture of "female autism," but a new study shows just why it's so hard to define sex differences in autism.
The large wave of children diagnosed with autism in the 1990s are becoming adults and leaving their pediatricians. Are health care providers who treat adults ready for them? How well-trained are they in adult autism?
Parents report that their child's autistic behaviors, combined with social stigma and isolation, make their lives more challenging, according to a new study of the Simons Simplex Collection. Many families say they feel socially isolated or rejected, while some of their children are bullied and teased because of autism.
Children with autism have more gastrointestinal (GI) problems than other kids, according to many studies, but why? Some small studies suggested that the bacteria in their GI tracts are different. What would a larger study show, especially one that used a rigorous definition of GI disorders?