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Autism and the holidays: Tips for helping families

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Amy Kelly, Director of Family and Community Services for Devereux PA. While an exciting and joyous time, the holidays can often be an emotional obstacle course for families of children and adolescents with special needs. As a mother of three children, including my 14-year-old... Read more

Understanding the data: No link between autism and MMR vaccine

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 5:30 AM
Receiving the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine did not increase a child’s risk of autism, regardless of whether older siblings had autism, found a large study published in JAMA this week. This raises the question as to what evidence is required to make such a causal link. Misinterpreting... Read more

Autism awareness month: What are the benefits and risks of diagnosis?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 8:31 AM
This month is Autism Awareness Month, a national campaign to raise public awareness not only of Autism Spectrum Disorder, but also the individuals and families affected by it. This will no doubt lead to more social media campaigns and news stories surrounding autism. Parents often wonder about the... Read more

A rise in autism rates: What does it really mean?

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Laura Dewey, Ph.D., a pediatric psychologist at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, and an sssistant professor of pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College. The word “autism” is scary to anyone, especially caregivers, and hearing that it is “on the... Read more

Getting autism diagnosed early

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 3:04 PM
Kids with autism and autism spectrum disorders (like Asperger’s Syndrome) can be identified as early as age 14 months – opening the door to family support and earlier interventions to help them reach their full potential. Yet despite the 78 percent increase in diagnosed autism in kids since... Read more

Autism risk spotted at 6 months old

Friday, February 17, 2012, 10:34 AM
HealthDay reports today on research showing that the risk of developing autism may be detected earlier than one year of age. (HealthDay News) -- In children as young as 6 months old, changes in the brain that can lead to autism spectrum disorder may have already begun, preliminary research suggests... Read more
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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS Assistant Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist of The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Chief of Pediatric Emergency Services at Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System
Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, R.D. Registered Dietitian at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Emiliano Tatar, M.D. Pediatrician at Einstein Healthcare Network Roxborough Plaza
Jeanette Trella, Pharm.D Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at CHOP
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP Director of Integrated Health Care for American Psychological Association
Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D. Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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