Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Updated:   2/2/2015
Contains:  54 items
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The Story of CJ: Christopher Jackson and Veronica Vazquez-Jackson aren't content to be just great parents to their autistic son—they're also using their celebrity to show other parents the way.

Firpo-Cappiello, Robert

Neurology Now. 13(4):16-21, August/September 2017.

Christopher Jackson and Veronica Vazquez-Jackson aren't content to be just great parents to their autistic son—they're also using their celebrity to show other parents the way.

Sowing Self-Esteem: A farm in upstate New York helps people with developmental disabilities cultivate practical skills and confidence.

Hiscott, Rebecca

Neurology Now. 12(3):10-11, June/July 2016.

This Way In: A farm in upstate New York helps young adults with autism develop practical life skills.

Healing Tails: Service and therapy dogs can transform the lives of people with neurologic conditions such as epilepsy, autism, and multiple sclerosis. Dog owners and other experts explain how.

Pompilio, Natalie

Neurology Now. 12(1):46-55, February/March 2016.

Service dogs can transform lives for people with epilepsy, autism, and multiple sclerosis. Learn more about their potential benefits.

Jesse's World: Ten years after their son died from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, actors Chris and Marianne Cooper continue to fight for the education rights of kids with disabilities.

Carr, Coeli

Neurology Now. 11(6):28-33, December/January 2015.

Ten years after the death of their son, actors Marianne and Chris Cooper continue to advocate for the education rights of children with disabilities.

The Voice: Caring for her younger brother, who is non-verbal and has a brain injury, fuels Elizabeth Espinosa's passion to speak for him and others with special needs.

Farley, Todd; Bolster, Mary

Neurology Now. 11(5):40-43, October/November 2015.

Caring for her younger brother Christian, who is non-verbal and has a brain injury, fuels TV and radio host Elizabeth Espinosa's passion to speak for him and others with special needs.

Protect Your Child's Future: Many dependent children with neurologic conditions will outlive their parents. Follow these steps today to secure your child's adult years tomorrow.

Colino, Stacey

Neurology Now. 11(2):36-41, April/May 2015.

Consider these guiding principles when planning your dependent adult child's future.

Guidelines: Guiding the WayNew medical guidelines weigh in on genetic testing, exercise, and more for people with muscular dystrophy.

Dolan, Darrach

Neurology Now. 11(1):14-15, February/March 2015.

Guidelines: New medical guidelines weigh in on genetic testing, exercise, and more for people with muscular dystrophy.

The New Normal: As the first Miss America contestant with an autism spectrum disorder, Alexis Wineman is helping to redefine “the girl next door.”

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 10(3):16-22, June/July 2014.

Diagnosed with autism at the age of 11, 2013 Miss America contestant and crowd favorite Alexis Wineman has used the pageant as a platform for increasing awareness and understanding of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Wineman, who continues to travel the country as an advocate and motivational speaker, says, “This isn't just about people who have ASD, but about everyone who has ever felt they didn't belong.”

Destinations: Morgan's Wonderland, San Antonio's accessible amusement park

Twardowski, Barbara; Twardowski, Jim

Neurology Now. 8(5):14, October-november 2012.

Destinations: Morgan's Wonderland, an amusement park in Texas that is accessible for all.

Fragile X Syndrome: Research into Fragile X Syndrome, a common cause of inherited intellectual disability, is starting to generate treatments.

Gordon, Debra

Neurology Now. 7(5):37,45-49, October-November 2011.

Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability in boys, and the condition affects many girls as well. Now, a slew of new treatments are being tested in clinical trials. one day, some of them may help reverse the cognitive and developmental effects of this genetic disease.

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex: New therapies show promise in treating this neurologic condition, but their long-term side effects are unknown.

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now. 7(3):27-34, June-July 2011.

Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) can be difficult to diagnose. What's more, this rare neurologic disorder almost always involves treatment-resistant epilepsy and cognitive impairment or autism. But new therapies and treatments are giving hope to the million individuals—and their families—affected worldwide.

You, Me, and ADHD: After their four children were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—and one with Asperger's syndrome—Curt and Shonda Schilling learned to appreciate their “neurodiverse” family.


Neurology Now. 7(1):16-18,20, February-March 2011.

During his playing days, retired Boston red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling established a reputation for always be ing on top of his game. But four years ago, life threw a curve ball to him and his wife, Shonda Schilling. They learned their four children had ADHD, and their middle son was also diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

Early Intervention in Autism


Neurology Now. 5(5):23-26, September-October 2009.

Children with autism spectrum disorders can benefit from treatment at any age, but researchers are finding that early diagnosis and intervention may create the most dramatic improvements. Here, we explore some of the major forms of treatment and how they have improved the lives of three children.

The Great Brain


Neurology Now. 5(2):14-17, March-April 2009.

Computer programmer, entrepreneur, Jimi Hendrix superfan, “venture philanthropist”—Paul Allen wears a lot of hats. He also founded the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2003 to help find cures for neurological illnesses. This year the AAN is honoring Allen with their Public Leadership in Neurology award.

Eating Well for Epilepsy


Neurology Now. 5(1):17-19,23, January-February 2009.

Epilepsy is the most common major childhood neurologic disorder in the United States. For the children who don't respond to antiepileptic medication, the ketogenic diet—which contains a large amount of fat and few carbohydrates—may be effective treatment.

Women and Epilepsy


Neurology Now. 4(3):17-19,23-25, May-June 2008.

Nearly 1 million women and girls in the United States are affected by epilepsy. This article discusses the ramifications that epilepsy holds for women —from the impact of menstruation on seizures to the effects of antiepileptic drugs on pregnancy—and provides practical advice to help women manage epilepsy instead of letting it manage them.

Key to the Classroom


Neurology Now. 3(4):30-35, July-August 2007.

Our back-to-school special highlights advice for parents of kids with epilepsy, Tourette's, ADHD, and autism. Discover how to get the best education for your child, including tactics that worked with parents when their school district wasn't meeting their child's needs.

The Hunt for Genes and Cures


Neurology Now. 3(2):20-27, March-April 2007.

Researchers are successfully teasing out the genetic roots of many neurological disorders—Huntington's disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, stroke, autism—making possible earlier interventions and maybe even new treatments.

Mapping the Brain's Mysteries: At the forefront of today's imaging revolution, mind explorers use a futuristic atlas to discover how healthy and diseased brains work

MacReady, Norra

Neurology Now. 2(3):10-13, May-June 2006.

Mind explorers are leading a worldwide neuroimaging revolution to discover through hi-tech scans how healthy and diseased brains work