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Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder
March 2023 | Issue 231
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About 1 in 36 U.S. children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder by the time they are 8 years old, according to new federal data. Learn why autism diagnoses are on the rise and why identifying children on the spectrum early is so important. Go to article. 

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Many families try complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to help a child's autism spectrum disorder symptoms. You may hear about everything from meditation and massage to herbal supplements, special diets and biological treatments. Here, Robin Blitz, MD, FAAP, suggests what you should consider about different treatments. She also explains why it's wise to tell your pediatrician about CAM therapies your child is using, even ones that seem "natural." Read more.

 Pretend Play to Prepare 

Use upcoming events as a springboard for pretend play. It's a great way to help children develop confidence to navigate real-world situations. Before a doctor checkup, for example, suggest they play pretend doctor to make the visit less scary. Or, before their first day of school, play classroom with them to get them in the right mindset and ease any anxiety. You can even help them "rehearse" future social situations, such as what to do when a friend wants to switch roles or play with their toy.

Read more in this month's Power of Play article, Pretend Play: Ways Children Can Exercise Their Imagination. Find spring printable play sheets here.
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