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Autism Screening and Early Signs to Look For

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | May 13, 2019 |
Signs of Autism in Young Children

Childhood screening for autism begins as early as a child’s first check-up, according to a report this month from KFox14, released in conjunction with Autism Awareness Month. The American Academy…

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New Jersey Has Highest Autism Rates in the U.S., Researchers Find

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | May 8, 2019 |
Rate of Autism in New Jersey

Preschoolers in New Jersey have the highest rates of autism in the U.S., according to a report released Thursday by researchers from Rutgers University. Published by the Centers for Disease…

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Young Writers Create Heroes With Autism Through Fan Fiction

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Apr 29, 2019 |
Autism Superhero

Young writers with autism are using fan fiction as a way to combat stereotypes about autism, according to a December 2018 report from Spectrum News. Harry Potter, the popular series…

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New Jersey Teen With Autism Makes Waves With Guide Promoting Inclusion

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Apr 24, 2019 |
Autism Awareness Puzzle

Timothy Rohrer, an 18-year-old New Jersey resident with autism, has made waves this past November with a guide for students on how to treat peers with disabilities. Titled “How To…

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Researchers at Florida State University Develop Website for Early Autism Intervention (SK)

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Apr 22, 2019 |
Early detection of Autism

Confronted by apparent delays in their child’s early development, many parents experience anxiety about the possibility of autism. Amy Wetherby, a distinguished research professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences…

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Sensory Problems May Cause Sleep Issues for Children with Autism, New Study Shows

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Apr 16, 2019 |
Sensory Problems May Cause Sleep Issues for Children with Autism, New Study Shows

The heightened sensory perception of children with autism may cause sleep issues starting around age 7, according to a new study from Micah Mazurek, an associate professor of human services…

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For Autism Awareness Month, Sesame Street Debuts Family of Julia, the First Muppet with Autism

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Apr 5, 2019 |
Autistic Muppet

In 2017, Sesame Street debuted Julia, a red-haired, four-year-old Muppet with autism. Designed to promote understanding and acceptance of autism, the character broke new ground as the first Muppet with…

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Early Brain Scans May Detect Autism Traits

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Dec 13, 2018 |
Early Autism Detection through Brain Scans

A common trait among children with autism is repetition. If there’s something they like, they tend to have a long-standing obsession with that interest and find it hard to detach…

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