Tag: Autism

A Blood Test for Autism? Not So Fast.

A press release about a laboratory’s patent for a new method of “diagnosing autism” recently gained national attention in the disability world. In addition to this latest testing approach, other laboratories have marketed genetic “autism testing” panels in recent years, implying, in all but the fine print, that these tests aid in the diagnosis of

Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorder in Fragile X Syndrome

ASD in FXS; Co-Occurring Conditions and Current Treatment Featuring Special Guest Walter E. Kaufmann, MD, Greenwood Genetic Center, Boston Children’s Hospital Description Numerous small and parent reported studies have shown that a considerable percentage of individuals with FXS also carry a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Individuals with a dual diagnosis of FXS and

Doggone It…Mantras Are Great for Learning!


Mantras, like positive affirmations, really do have power. In our case, we have found mantras to be useful for both skill development and to support self-regulation. So what are mantras? Mantras are short, positive, instructive statements full of action words. We use them to quiet the mind and focus thinking and action.

Video Modeling


Therapy is a fun, creative process – one of the reasons that we have been at this for so long! One of the challenges of being a therapist is staying on-top of the ever-emerging intervention techniques that come into practice. Not only is it important to know the best strategies available, but it is important to carefully analyze each technique for its utility and efficacy. As most strategies are typically devised or targeted at a population other than those with Fragile X syndrome (FXS), we have taken it upon ourselves to always analyze the strategies in light the FXS learning style. Most often we find it necessary to modify even the most researched interventions to work for individuals with FXS.

Adapting Autism Interventions for Fragile X Syndrome


Have you ever shopped in Berkeley? After your obligatory coffee at one of the city’s 10,000 cafes, you must try Shoes on Solano—they even accommodated Tracy’s size “43.” (US size 12; oops, maybe shoe size is like age and shouldn’t be disclosed?). In any case, we were in the Berkeley area for a wonderful daylong