Our 11-year-old has high-functioning autism and can’t keep his hands to himself. He touches family, friends and strangers, and we are desperate for help.
- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA
For kids on the spectrum, inappropriate touching is a common problem, and can even have dangerous consequences. Some strategies for handling this behavior.READ MORE
Relatives don't believe my daughter's diagnosis because she doesn't always 'act autistic.' What can I do?
- Laura Kirmayer, MA
Educating your family on what autism really looks like is important, but so is protecting your daughter from negative attitudes.READ MORE
Inside One Autistic Boy's Disney World
- Beth Arky
Ron Suskind talks about joining his son in his intense love of animated films and characters. By going deep into his universe, his parents were able to draw him out.READ MORE
How Genetic Testing Helps Families and Kids
Dr. Wendy Chung on how it can improve the lives of a kids with developmental issues, like a better idea about what the future holds and a clear diagnosis so families can secure needed help.WATCH MORE
Antipsychotics, Weight Gain, and Kids' Health
Christoph Correll, MD, on balancing the benefits with strategies to address side effects. The takeaway: encourage healthy living, and always begin with the intervention that poses the smallest risk.WATCH MORE
Sensory Processing FAQ
What it is, how it's treated, and why it's controversial.READ MORE
Brain Imaging Clues to Autism's Sensory Issues
Dr. Wendy Chung speaks about how research has revealed a functional brain difference in autism that leads to sensory issues. It also suggests ways caregivers can help.WATCH MORE
What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
Dr. Deborah Fein explains the autism therapy used to help kids who have a hard time complying with requests and learning social behaviors.WATCH MORE
Why Autism Research Often Falls Flat
Dr. Bennett Leventhal on why studies that promise great things often fail to impact diagnosis, treatment, or prevention. One problem: results can't always be replicated.WATCH MORE
Why Do Kids Have Tantrums and Meltdowns?
- Caroline Miller
They may look intentional and manipulative, but these outbursts are better understood as behavior children resort to when they lack skills of problem solving and emotional regulation.READ MORE