Is Autism Even a Brain Disorder?
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by Gabi Barrocas
4M ago
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, as a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. A couple of days ago, I listened to the Huberman Lab podcast episode that focused on the causes and treatments for autism with Dr. Karen Parker, Professor of Comparative Medicine at Stanford ..read more
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Why are Gender Identity Conflicts More Common in Individuals with ASD?
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by The Real Spectrum
10M ago
Madge Woollard, an autistic pianist, said, “A lot of us autistic people don’t really fit in socially, and I think this extends to ideas around gender.” As unlikely as it may sound, there is some evidence that individuals with autism are more likely than others to experience gender dysphoria, or distress related to gender incongruence ..read more
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The Rest is Still Unwritten
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by The Real Spectrum
11M ago
When you’re 18 years old, a big question occupies your mind: “How does one decide to leave home to go to school and start a new chapter of their life?” It’s very complicated. Technically, I’m an adult. I’m 18 years old. I’m legal. However, I’m still a “teen.” I still want hugs from my Mommy ..read more
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The Effect of Cultural Differences on Autism Diagnosis
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by The Real Spectrum
1y ago
According to the CDC, about 1 in 100 children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder globally. Autism is diagnosed in all socioeconomic and ethnic groups and makes up about 1% of the world’s population. However, a dominating factor calls this statistic into question: cultural differences throughout the world.  In a scientific article published in ..read more
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Managing Anxiety & Stress Through Yoga
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by The Real Spectrum
1y ago
For the past several months, yoga has been a great way for me to cope with stressors, whether that be feeling anxious about a test, worrying about girl drama, or simply just going to work on myself emotionally and physically. I take an hour out of my day to unplug and be mindful about myself ..read more
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Innovative Therapies – A Podcast with Dr. Maja Matric
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by The Real Spectrum
1y ago
Dr. Maja Mataric is at the forefront of innovative therapies for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Combining her skills in engineering and her passions in helping people, she has worked for over 20 years to improve human quality of life. To improve human life, she has created human-centered technologies, including socially-assistive robots for those with ..read more
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A Future-Focused Approach to Help Improve Quality of Life – A Conversation with Dr. Sneha Kohli Mather
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by The Real Spectrum
1y ago
Dr. Sneha Kohli Mathur is an ally. She created a company, Spectrum Success, to provide adolescents and adults on the Autism Spectrum with numerous services to improve their quality of life. They offer consultation services for parents, adults, colleges, and parents. A founding member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion SIG in ABA, Dr. Mathur ..read more
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A New Resource In Boca Raton – Toby & Leon Cooperman Therapy and Family Resource Center
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by The Real Spectrum
1y ago
Walking out of the elevator, I was greeted with bursts of color along the hallways of the Toby and Leon Cooperman Therapy and Family Resource Center. Feeling like a child once again, I followed the pathways along the tiles across the floor, putting me at ease. A tactile wall with different materials lines the hallway ..read more
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The History of Autism Spectrum Disorder
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by The Real Spectrum
1y ago
Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is a developmental disorder, impairing an individual’s ability to interact with others and behave appropriately. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a spectrum. Dr. Rebecca Landa, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, said in an interview, “If you meet one person with autism, you meet one person with autism.” Each person with ..read more
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Intrauterine Inflammation, A Link To Autism?
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by The Real Spectrum
1y ago
I previously mentioned that maternal diabetes during pregnancy has been related to an increased risk of autism, an idea that has been shown in my own family as my Mom has Type 1 Diabetes and my brother is diagnosed with ASD Level 1. The role of inflammation in type 1 and type 2 diabetes pathophysiology ..read more
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