Autism early intervention: what to make of new studies

The recent talk of early intervention in children showing signs of potential Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has parents wondering if they, too, should be concerned. One such study reported in USA Today indicated the potential to prevent a diagnosis of ASD if babies begin therapy before they can toddle. In the study, seven babies between six and nine … Continue reading Autism early intervention: what to make of new studies

Understanding Autism: The Path to Erasing Stigma

This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding autism. With the uptick in awareness of autism over the past decade, the discussion has also brought with it much confusion. Parents can easily become overwhelmed when trying to process information, so how … Continue reading Understanding Autism: The Path to Erasing Stigma

For My Son with Autism, Relief in an ER Visit

On a January night several years ago, my family and I found ourselves heading to the emergency room at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine. My oldest son, Sam, had come home from the first day of competition at the Chisholm Challenge, a therapeutic horseback riding competition for equestrians with disabilities, after he began passing … Continue reading For My Son with Autism, Relief in an ER Visit

WATCH: What’s Behind Recent Measles and Whooping Cough Outbreaks in North Texas?

This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. Why are diseases like pertussis (whooping cough) and measles making a comeback? Many in North Texas have been surprised to find out that right here in the Metroplex we have seen a huge outbreak of these two diseases with whooping … Continue reading WATCH: What’s Behind Recent Measles and Whooping Cough Outbreaks in North Texas?

Are you autism aware?

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of autism is that no two people diagnosed have the same characteristics or symptoms. Your child’s playground friend may have autism. You may have a family member with autism. You may work with someone who has autism. With all the varying degrees of autism, you may not recognize it. “We … Continue reading Are you autism aware?