Checkup Newsroom (Autism)

2019
August
15,
2019
| 03:54 PM America/Chicago
Whenever a story is posted on Cook Children’s social media pages, especially Facebook, we expect a certain amount of responses from those who refuse vaccines for their children or who are vaccine-hesitant families or patients. Regardless of statis...
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July
01,
2019
| 06:14 PM America/Chicago
Over the weekend, my heart was touched when I read a story about a mom named Alexa Bjornson sending her 7-year-old boy, Landon, alone on a flight from Las Vegas to Oregon to see his dad.  This would be stressful for any mom, but Alexa's son has hi...
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May
13,
2019
| 04:01 PM America/Chicago
In a shelled out floor of the South Tower at Cook Children’s Medical Center, the thud of kicks and punches echo off drywall and concrete. Loud and confident, the words “No! No! No!” ricochet through the room. It may sound like a melee, but this is...
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2018
March
28,
2018
| 08:24 PM America/Chicago
The new government spending package includes money to pay for GPS tracking devices for families affected by autism. Kevin & Avonte’s Law will give $2 million annually until 2022 for grants to local law enforcement and nonprofit agencies. The money...
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2016
April
21,
2016
| 09:06 PM America/Chicago
More than one-third of school age children with autism spectrum disorder wander away from home, the first nationwide study on the issue shows. Released earlier this year, the survey looked at more than 3,500 school-aged kids with either ASD, intel...
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2015
December
02,
2015
| 09:43 PM America/Chicago
Recently, we reported on the increase in children, ages 3 to 17, diagnosed with autism in the United States. Joyce Mauk, M.D., CEO and medical director of the Child Study Center, believes the increase in more kids being diagnosed is because examin...
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November
13,
2015
| 08:59 PM America/Chicago
A new survey shows a significant increase in the number of children, ages 3 to 17, diagnosed with autism in the United States. But the research may simply be a matter of parents being more mindful of autism than they were previously. “What is t...
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November
05,
2015
| 05:19 PM America/Chicago
Elmo. Big Bird. Bert. Ernie. We know these familiar names from Sesame Street like they are family members. Maybe, because they all had a hand in raising most of us. But now a new character has brought excitement from families of children with d...
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September
17,
2015
| 10:55 PM America/Chicago
Do vaccines cause autism? No. So why are we discussing this issue again? Because Donald Trump linked vaccinations to autism in last night's debate between Republican presidential candidates. “Autism has become an epidemic, 25 years ago, 3...
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May
07,
2015
| 10:57 PM America/Chicago
Nine children, ages 3 to 19 years old, make Mother’s Day a pretty special time for Kristy Goodnight. After all, that’s a lot of hugs and kisses to go around. “It’s wonderful day. I thought I would never be a mom,” Kristy said. “Mother’s Day is not...
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2014
August
10,
2014
| 10:00 PM America/Chicago
During their son’s two-year checkup appointment, Lotoya and Rodney Henson expressed their concern regarding their child’s language development. Although he was extremely independent and would climb to get things he desired, Isaiah was still only usin...
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April
30,
2014
| 05:26 PM America/Chicago
What is autism?Autism is a disorder where a person has difficulty with communicating and interacting with others. There are many forms of autism that can vary from mild to severe.There are 3 major categories of symptoms in autism:Social interaction-C...
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