When Should Parents Disclose Their Child’s Diagnosis?

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When Should Parents Disclose Their Child’s Diagnosis?

Once your child has a diagnosis of autism, one of your first questions may be, “So who do I tell?” The best rule of thumb: If your child will require a level of accommodation, modification, support, service, or just patience and understanding in a certain situation, then telling someone about the diagnosis can help make…

My Yellow Brick Road: A Journey Through a New Diagnosis

The Wizard of Oz has always been one of my favorite movies, but watching it this time, something seemed different and oddly familiar. As a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, I saw the movie through different glasses. We all know the story. Dorothy spins and twirls as her whole world is picked…

FAQs related to SB 676: Autism Health Insurance Coverage

Background: After six years of working to pass coverage of autism treatments under health insurance through both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly, the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) decided to take a new approach to the problem: ASNC came together with other North Carolina advocacy groups, professionals, clinicians, and insurers to work…

Focus on Science at ASNC Annual Conference

Dr. Geri Dawson, Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, opened the second day of our annual conference with a fact-filled presentation titled: “Autism Spectrum Disorders: What do we know? Where are we heading?” We would like to thank her for sharing her time and knowledge with us. For those who were…

Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses rising, CDC says

Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced new prevalence rates for Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Autism Society of North Carolina’s Director of Communications, David Laxton, participated in the conference call announcing the results of the study. Here are his notes and observations with some insights as to what the numbers…

Q&A with Dave Spicer, Self-Advocate, Father, and Conference Speaker

Dave Spicer was diagnosed with autism in 1994 at age 46, shortly after his son’s diagnosis. Since then, Spicer says, he has been examining his life with moderate diligence. He often speaks and writes about the experience of living with autism and serves on the Autism Society of North Carolina’s Board of Directors. Spicer will…

DSM-5 and Its Impact on Autism Spectrum Disorder

This article was contributed by Dr. Aleck Myers, the Clinical Director at the Autism Society of North Carolina. The American Psychiatric Association released its long-awaited DSM-5 on May 22, 2013. There has been considerable discussion over the new definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how it might affect diagnosis and services for people and…

Legislative Update for May 20 – NC House Passes Autism Insurance Bill!

The following post was filed by Jennifer Mahan, Autism Society of North Carolina Director of Advocacy and Public Policy. Crossover Week Last week, the legislature finished a very busy week known as “crossover.” During each long session the NC General Assembly sets a deadline for policy bills to be approved by one chamber or the…

Proposed Changes in DSM-5 Criteria

In recent weeks national and local media outlets have reported about proposed changes to diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders version 5 (DSM 5). The proposed changes have not been formalized and that process is expected to be completed by December 2012. – Editor What will the…