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What Does Autism Look Like in Adults?

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is typically a lifelong condition.

More severe forms of ASD are often diagnosed in the first two years of a child’s life, but less severe forms may slip by undiagnosed into adulthood. Even late in life, a diagnosis can offer major benefits and relief.

If you think you might have ASD,...

What is Social Communication Disorder?

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What is Social Communication Disorder?

Social communication disorder (SCD) makes it difficult to communicate with other people in social situations. The condition first appeared in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) in 2013; prior to that, people exhibiting its symptoms were commonly diagnosed on the autism spectrum,...

“He Needed More Than I Could Give Him”

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I made the decision to medicate at a kid’s homeschool party.

August is six. He is smart, kind, and funny. He’s able to distinguish between almost identical species of toad and ready to tell you already where he’ll go to college and what he’ll study (Clemson, salamanders). The first to share with his...

My Student Keeps Blurting Out and Getting Up from His Seat

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Q: Josh, nine, who has been diagnosed with ADHD, blurts things out. He will call across the room to a friend during classwork. He also will get up from his seat without asking. We have classroom rules posted on the wall, but it has been tough to get him to comply. What can I do to change his behaviors?


Know that these two disrup...

Disorganization Hurts My Student’s Performance: How Can I Help?

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Q: I have a lovely fifth grader who has a good grasp on academics. He knows his math facts and does well on tests. He has big challenges turning in completed homework, or leaving books in his locker when he should have them in class. He doesn’t always bring home all of the materials to complete an assignment. I...

How to Recognize That You’re Painting with a Calculator

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It occurs to me as I walk to math class, my steps echoing like conversations thrown against each other that fall down slowly, softly, quickly. I fill the hallway with sounds of falling feet and underfoot phrases. The rustle of my papers feels like the friction of my thoughts, scraping one another in a bustle covered by...

Want to Change Your Bad Habits? Do These 2 Things

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Everyone has a few more vices than they care to admit. It is hard to stop a bad habit, especially if your brain craves the dopamine fix the habit gives you. Here are a couple of tried-and-true strategies you probably haven’t used before that can make it easier to change your ways.

Find Good Substitutes for a Bad Habit

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Hey, ADHD Parents: Shoot for Progress, not Perfection

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An ADDitude reader wrote:

“I am a 35-year-old mom diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety. I am raising a 13-year-old son who also has ADHD. We are both taking medication, and it helps with symptoms. It is tough, though, to stay organized for two of us, keep my emotions under control when we have a disagreement about something,...