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Tap Into the Power of Directness: Use "I"

Tap Into the Power of Directness: Use "I"

Caring for someone who has autism can mean having limited energy, time, and bandwidth. You may find yourself needing to say "no" more often than you did before you became a caregiver. Do you have a tough time being direct with others about how you...
Posted 08/16/2019
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What Causes Autism?

What Causes Autism?

Autism is a spectrum of developmental disorders involving difficulties with communication, social skills, and repetitive behaviors. Behaviors and other symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) usually become apparent between the ages of 2 and 4,...
Posted 08/11/2019
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Who's the One Person You Should Always Keep Your Promise To?

Who's the One Person You Should Always Keep Your Promise To?

Keeping promises to yourself is a way to focus on self-nurture. This could mean making a commitment to "you" time on a regular basis to tend to yourself. Keep a regular date with yourself to focus on whatever helps you feel calm and centered in...
Posted 07/16/2019
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Telling White Lies

Telling White Lies

Have you ever told a white lie to be kind, to protect the feelings of others, or maybe to simply avoid stigma? You're not alone.For caregivers, telling a white lie can be a way to save one's strength. Sometimes it's easier not to share your...
Posted 06/25/2019
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What Greta Thunberg's Autism Diagnosis Does for the Rest of Us

What Greta Thunberg's Autism Diagnosis Does for the Rest of Us

At age 16, climate change activist Greta Thunberg is already making international headlines and speaking on the world stage. When Greta shared that she has an autism spectrum disorder, a wave of empathy and validation washed over the autism...
Posted 06/11/2019
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Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Saying "no" with grace and honesty can be challenging. Sometimes our fear of ending a conversation awkwardly or letting a friend or relative down can nudge us into saying "yes" to things that are difficult for us. For caregivers, saying "no" can...
Posted 06/05/2019
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Family Provides an Answer

Family Provides an Answer

I am very fortunate to have both of my children and a supportive husband. My kids have taught me so much about life. I learned a lot about myself through them.I was in regular classes in school. I was also sent to day camps every day during the...
Posted 05/12/2019
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Are You Afraid To Say No?

Are You Afraid To Say No?

Yes. No. I mean – maybe? Well, okay. Have you ever wanted to be able to say "no" without feeling guilty? Without feeling you're letting someone down? Many of us struggle with disappointing anyone with a 'no.' At the same time, those two letters,...
Posted 05/01/2019
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Largest Study Ever Finds No Link Between Measles Vaccine, Autism

Largest Study Ever Finds No Link Between Measles Vaccine, Autism

By Dennis Thompson, HealthDay ReporterMONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Amid ongoing U.S. measles outbreaks, one of the largest studies to date provides fresh evidence that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause...
Posted 03/07/2019
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Research on Almost 2,000 Brains Brings Insight Into Mental Illness and Other Conditions

Research on Almost 2,000 Brains Brings Insight Into Mental Illness and Other Conditions

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Dec. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say a massive genetic analysis of the human brain has yielded new insights into the underpinnings of psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar...
Posted 02/14/2019
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