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I am embarking on this blog journey to make it a rising sun on the horizon and a constant growing source of light to all who have a loved one with autism or other neurodevelopmental challenges.

by Sima Ash and R K Mishra

I am Sima Ash, a mother to my beautiful 20 year old daughter, Sadaf who has autism, a homeopath, CEASE practitioner and nutritionist. Sadaf and I started our CEASE journey after I became certified in early 2010, among the first international CEASE practitioners in the Netherlands.


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Exposure to Pesticides During Pregnancy Linked to Autism

A study of 970 children born in farm-rich areas in California was published in Environmental Health Perspectives. Researchers found that pregnant mothers living within one mile of crops treated with widely used organophosphate pesticides were 60% more likely to give birth to a child with autism. Most of the women lived in the Sacramento Valley.

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Girls Get Autism Diagnosis Later Than Boys

Girls are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) later than boys, possibly because females exhibit less severe symptoms, according to a study to be presented Tuesday, April 28 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego.

To study gender differences in age at diagnosis and compare symptom severity between boys and girls, researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md., analyzed data from the Institute’s Interactive Autism Network. This online registry includes almost 50,000 individuals and family members affected by ASD who work with researchers to better understand the nature of the disorder. In the registry, age of first diagnosis was available for 9,932 children, and 5,103 had completed the Social Responsiveness Scale, which identifies the presence and severity of social impairment.

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Some children lose autism diagnosis but still struggle

About one in 14 toddlers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) no longer met the diagnostic criteria in elementary school, but most continued to have emotional/behavior symptoms and required special education supports, according to a study to be presented Sunday, April 26 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego.

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