Web Sites + Resources For Parents Of Children With Autism
The resources for parents of children with autism are many. Below is a unique list parents should find helpful for information, research, news, latest products and support (from Friendship Circle):
- Autism Now http://autismnow.org/
- My Autism Team http://www.myautismteam.com/
- Autism...Learn http://www.autismlearn101.com/
- Make Friends With Autism http://www.childrens-specialized.org/
- Parent Coaching For Autism http://parentscoachingforparents.com/
- The Autism Calendar http://www.sarnet.org/
- Healing Thresholds http://autism.healingthresholds.com/
The Physical Effects Of Bullying
We've known about the emotional effects of bullying from depression to anxiety for a long time. But what about the physical effects or manifestations?
According to a review of the literature, the University of Padua in Italy analyzed 30 studies of 219,000 children and adolescents. They found those bullied experienced more headaches, stomachaches, bedwetting and sleep difficulties.
The results of this review indicate psychosomatic effects tied to bullying "are very real." The researchers advise parents to take these symptoms seriously.
7 Times More Likely To Be Diagnosed
A recent study from Aarhus University in Denmark found that children who have a sibling with autism are 7 times more likely to be diagnosed as well.
For this study, 1.5 million children, born between 1980 and 2004, were tracked. Through 2010, just over 13,000 were diagnosed with autism. Of those children, 276 children with an older sibling with autism were also diagnosed with autism. The researchers found the likelihood of a younger sibling being diagnosed with autism when an older sibling with ASD varied between 4.5 and 10.5% or an average of 7%.
It must also be pointed out that other studies have found recurrence rates in families were as high as 18% (Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in Nashville, Ky).
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