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Author: Gary Brown, PhD

What Horses Tell Us About Autism

Thirty years ago, when I first came in contact with a child with autism I thought that some autistic behavior looked horse-like–unbroken horse-like. I grew up in Texas and in high school my life was horses and rodeo. Of course, there are many differences between the misbehavior of horses and the behavior of the child with autism and I’m certainly not an expert on horse behavior by any means. But taking into account the similarities often makes working with these kids easier. Many unbroken horses and many children with autism will become uneasy and run away or engage in...

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Autism and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)

Ideally, children with autism and other neuropsychological disorders need to be under the care of a pediatrician experienced in the treatment of neuropsychological disorders and also need to be evaluated and followed by a pediatric neurologist. Additional evaluations and treatment by occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists, and psychologists are usually necessary as well. (Many kids with autism and other neuropsychological disorders do not make eye contact or follow directions.) Parents often wonder if there is something wrong with their child’s hearing. Usually, this is not the case, but children with autism do need a hearing evaluation...

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