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Autism Spectrum Disorder encompasses a wide range of symptoms that sometimes overlap with signs of other neurodevelopmental disorders and learning disorders. In a recent episode of our podcast, Neurodiversity University, our founder, neuropsychologist Brandon Parks sat down to talk about the similarities and differences between Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  What is Fetal […]

Between 30% and 40% of teens on the spectrum struggle with some degree of social anxiety, according to a study by Stockholm University. While many autistic teens experience anxiety in social situations, the root cause is often feeling overwhelmed rather than specific fears of rejection or humiliation. In order to better understand how to help […]

Is your child feeling overwhelmed by holiday stress and social events? For many, the holiday season is a time of joy and connection, but teens on the spectrum often experience significant holiday stress as festivities may disrupt their familiar routines. Without the structure of school over winter break, teens struggle to channel their energy into […]

While Autism is considered a developmental disorder and is often diagnosed in early childhood, some signs of autism become more noticeable in adolescence. When autism is diagnosed in teens, they may struggle more to accept their diagnosis as they haven’t had years of support to understand what it means. During adolescence, social and behavioral differences […]

Our brains are evolutionarily wired to respond to distractions. As our world has become full of distractions, teens with autism often struggle to filter out irrelevant information and become easily overstimulated. They’re either caught up in the future or the past and constantly jumping between the two and struggle to be present when they need […]

When your child is having problems with communication and reciprocal social interaction, it can be frustrating for parents to know how to best support them. As one of the primary treatment goals for teens with autism is developing self-efficacy and independence, it is important for parents to stay involved in the treatment process. From the […]

While many teens watch movies mindlessly, they are unconsciously picking up on social cues and learning how to relate to characters. Many teens find that lessons characters learn on the big screen can translate to their own lives. Using movie time to teach social thinking is not necessarily a new concept. Teachers are beginning to […]

A lot of people use empathy and compassion interchangeably, although there are several key differences. One myth about teens with autism is that they lack empathy. While teens with autism often care a lot about relationships and are sensitive to the emotions of others, they have a hard time understanding other people’s needs and possible […]

As a spectrum disorder, there are a wide variety of symptoms that describe Autism. The developmental nature of the disorder means many symptoms don’t stand out until individuals struggle later in life. While children who are diagnosed in elementary school receive early intervention and support, when someone isn’t diagnosed until adolescence or early adulthood, they […]

There’s a reason we call dogs a “man’s best friend.” Mutual relationships between animals and their owners or caregivers build a sense of confidence and responsibility that are beneficial for mental health issues. Animal therapy is a growing field that uses a variety of animals, particularly dogs, cats, and horses, in therapeutic settings to improve […]