The Autism Blog

Is Autism a Mental Health Diagnosis?

Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, which raises the question: Is autism a mental health diagnosis?

When my daughter was diagnosed a dozen years ago, her developmental pediatrician referred to it as a neurodevelopmental disorder. Later I heard it described as “neurobiological”. Yet I was told there is no medical test for autism and that it was diagnosed based on observation of behavior. Still later, I read about autism as a psychiatric disorder and many of the therapies I researched were based in psychology. Read full post »

Safety Skills for Participating in Community Activities

Summer is the time for being outside and trying new activities. As with anything new, there are risks involved. A child on the autism spectrum can be particularly vulnerable to a number of safety concerns; however, summertime fun and maintaining safety can coexist.  Read full post »

The State of Autism Today

With Autism Awareness Month in full swing, the launch of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center Blog seems quite timely. As a large group of more than 30 autism specialists, we are excited to begin bringing you the latest information, perspectives, opinions, and sometimes controversies in autism and related matters.

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Choosing a Summer Camp for a Child with Autism

Summer. Vacation.

Two exciting words for many kids and parents. For children and families living with autism, the end of the school year and the long days of summer can be very challenging- and anything but relaxing. Finding appropriate and accomodating summer camps and activities for children on the spectrum requires some preparation and planning. We hope this information will help you prepare for a relaxing, pleasant and relatively stress-free summer. Read full post »

Welcome to The Autism Blog

April is Autism Awareness Month and with 1 in 110 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, we are perhaps too acutely aware. In spite of advancements in research and clinical care, there is still much we don’t know about autism. Parents and caregivers must sift through confusing, often conflicting information about everything from diagnosis to therapies. In an effort to make life a little easier, we at Seattle Children’s Autism Center want to offer a provider’s perspective on various topics relevant to parenting a child with autism. Read full post »