BY SHAUN HEASLEY
Being left out or bullied is more likely to lead to depression in children with developmental disabilities than any facet of their condition, new research indicates.
New research has highlighted a possible link between autistic behavior and anorexia in girls and young women.
There’s a lot at stake these days as mental health professionals are living through challenging times, with boundaries and functions shifting (mostly from economic forces and territorial disputes), and not always to the good. So I want to share some personal thoughts as a 40+ year practitioner and student of my profession who has worked with the gamut of mental health pros in many settings. As we explore new models of care, current practices must be considered.
In a new study looking at toddlers and preschoolers with autism, researchers found that children with better motor skills were more adept at socializing and communicating.
During my travels to many autism conferences I have observed many sad cases of people with autism who have successfully completed high school or college but have been unable to make the transition into the world of work. Some have become perpetual students because they thrive on the intellectual stimulation of college. For many able people with autism college years were their happiest (Szatmari et al., 1989).