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Questionnaire May Help Predict Autism at 1 Year

Getty Images By Amanda Gardner THURSDAY, April 28, 2011 (Health.com) — A quick and simple questionnaire given to parents during a regular checkup in a pediatrician’s office may help detect autism in children as young as 1 year old, a new study suggests. The 24-item questionnaire, which assesses a child’s …

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Vacuum

A teen with autism who has a thing for vacuums recently had a dream come true: a vacuum salesperson gave a demo at his birthday party, then told him the vacuum was his to keep, and it moved the room to tears. The story’s winning hearts around the country, and has …

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Introducing Julia: Sesame Street's New Character With Autism

  For years, Sesame Street has educated children not only about academics, but also important life lessons. This week was no exception when they unveiled their newest character: Julia. In a statement to ABC News, the Sesame Street Workshop described Julia as a “preschool girl with autism who does things …

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A 24

This summer, Women’s Running magazine made headlines for their decision to feature plus-sized model Erica Jean Schenk on their August cover. The magazine is once again proving that runners aren’t a one-size-fits-all group by making Kiley Lyall, a 24-year-old runner with autism, their January/February cover star. As a two-time marathoner who raises money for her …

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Does Too Much Folic Acid in Pregnancy Increase Autism Risk?

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Pregnant women are encouraged to get plenty of folic acid in their diet or through vitamin supplements, to protect their babies against birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. But a new study suggests that excessive amounts of …

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7 Things Autistic People Want You to Know

Like many autistic people, I have complicated feelings about Autism Awareness Month, which rolls around every April. According to the Autism Society, the initiative was created “to promote awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with [Autism Spectrum Disorder] is provided the opportunity to achieve the …

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Fever During Pregnancy May Raise Baby’s Autism Risk

Running a fever during pregnancy—particularly during the second trimester—is linked to an increased risk of autism in children, according to a new study. Treating fevers with acetaminophen (best known as Tylenol) may be somewhat protective, say the authors, although they stress that more research is needed in this area. has previously …

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