Processing Approach 101 for Children with ASD

Processing has to do with the way someone’s brain filters and processes information. For children with ASD and other learning disabilities, the quality of processing is oftentimes slowed down or otherwise impaired. Understanding the processing funnel and related approaches can help you and your child avoid outbursts, communicate more effectively, and learn to process information more efficiently.

What To Do After An Autism Diagnosis

When your child receives a diagnosis of autism, you will feel a wide range of emotions. I understand. Both of my own sons were diagnosed with autism within a year of each other. In my heart, I always knew something was a bit off with my boys’ development, but the official diagnosis brought both relief, […]

Brain Region Linked to Social Skills in Autism

Researchers continue to seek genetic information about autism spectrum disorders. Any time there is a connection made between a gene or trait, we will share the research with our members. Many times, research is compared to a very difficult puzzle. Even a tiny piece brings important information.   Here is a snippet from the article […]

Autism and Sensitivity to Trauma

Author Lynne Soraya discusses sensitivity and resiliency to trauma in her own life, giving specific examples of how her perspective played an important role in her ability to handle traumatic situations. (8 min) To read the complete article, click on the link below. Source: Are Autistic People More Sensitive To Trauma, Or Less? Are autistic […]

10 Life-Changing Books for Families Living with Autism

Here at myHana we are always searching for helpful resources for our members. Check out this list created by Parade. How many of the books on this list do you have already? Are you planning on purchasing any of them? 10 Life-Changing Books for Families Living With Autism   What books would you recommend to […]

Defining Autism- Three Models (Graph)

(4 min) What exactly is autism? That depends on who you ask. Autism was traditionally defined as a medical condition according to observable behaviors that stood out as different and “maladaptive”. But in recent years, autistic adults have challenged this idea and developed their own definitions of what autism means to them. The purpose of […]

Key Changes in the DSM 5 for Autism

 (15 min)  Written by Rebecca Grzadzinski, Marisela Huerta, and Catherine Lord. Abstract- The heterogeneous clinical presentations of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) poses a significant challenge for sample characterization and limits the interpretability and replicability of research studies. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) diagnostic criteria for ASD, with its dimensional approach, may […]

Guide for Military Families with Children on the Spectrum

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) has developed a guide to help military families address those issues specific to military life. The guide provides families with the following: An understanding of autism and related intervention and treatment Strategies for addressing the challenges of autism from the time of diagnosis through adulthood An overview of the […]