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Tell Us How You Create A Work-Life Balance

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Zipping through your work to-do list so you can get home at a reasonable hour is even more important when you become a mom—after all, you’ve got that cute little moon face waiting to see you! It can be challenging to juggle your home life and your family life as a new mom. For an upcoming story in American Baby, we want to know how you balance it all (or try to!), so we can help make your life a bit easier. Please take two minutes to answer this survey. Your answers will help us with a stress-easing article in an upcoming issue. Thanks, Mama!

Image: Young Mother is Looking at Tablet with her Baby, via Shutterstock

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Take Our Kids’ Behavior Survey for a Chance to Win a $500 Gift Card

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

At Parents, an important part of our mission is “to harness the power of our readers to advocate continuously and tirelessly for children so that all kids can grow up in a healthy, safe, and loving environment.” That’s why we rely on your feedback.

We’ve teamed up with the Child Mind Institute to create a survey to learn about your attitudes about children’s behavior and mental health. Your responses to our short survey will be strictly confidential and help us create a better magazine for you.

And just in case you need another reason to help us out, you’ll also have the chance to win a $500 Bloomingdales.com gift card! That’s right, spend a few minutes answering our questions and you could make your holiday shopping much easier (or buy something very special for yourself). Goody luck!

Click here to take the survey and get more details about winning a $500 Bloomingdales gift card.

Sweepstakes closes at 11:59 p.m., E.T. on 12/5/11.

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Participate in a Survey About Autism and Pregnancy

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

In an ongoing effort to understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the Interactive Autism Network is launching another online survey (the Pregnancy and Birth Questionnaire) about the pregnancy and birth experiences of mothers raising children with autism.  Researchers will analyze any “potential links between prenatal, pereinatal, or neonatal factors” and autism, such as specific medications, foods, fertility treatments, ultrasounds, pregnancy and birth complications (including illness or infection),  and induced labor.

IAN is looking for mothers  in the U.S. with children (between ages 0 to 17) who do and don’t have autism to participate in the survey.  Mothers who do have kids with autism must have given birth directly to the child. Register for the online survey on the Interactive Autism Network’s website.

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Preliminary Results from Survey on Autism and Wandering

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Earlier this month, we urged parents to participate in a survey about autism sponsored by the Interactive Autism Network.  The survey aimed to study and understand wandering behavior among children and adults with autism.

In just three weeks, the Interactive Autism Network has received 856  survey participants, primarily parents with children who are autistic.  Preliminary data from the survey, focusing just on children, was released this week in the report, ”IAN Research Report: Elopement and Wandering.”  IAN discovered that about 50% of kids with autism attempted to wander off between the ages of 4 to 10 and about 30% continued to wander between ages 7 to 10.  Half of the parents had kids who wandered off long enough to cause significant worry and concern.  Plus, about 35% of the kids were  rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number.  

The survey also reported 58% of the parents ranked wandering as the most stressful behavior related to autism, and 64% were prevented from pursuing family activities because of the wandering.  Only 19% of the parents have  received guidance from a psychologist or mental health professional while only 14% have received guidance from a pediatrician or physician.

A high number of parents (67%) also reported they didn’t see any seasonal pattern with wandering, and the top 5 reasons (in order) they believed wandering happened was because their kids: enjoyed exploring, liked to visit a favorite place, wanted to escape demands and anxieties, wanted to pursue a special topic, and wanted to escape sensory discomforts.  Read the full report of the preliminary results at Interactive Autism Network.

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Participate in a National Survey About Autism and Wandering

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

The Interactive Autism Network, an online project that aims to collect data about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), recently launched the first nationwide survey to study the experience of wandering (or elopement, bolting, and escaping) among people with autism. 

Individuals with autism have a higher tendency to wander for extensive amounts of time, putting them at risk for trauma, injury, or death.  “Although similar behavior has been studied in Alzheimer’s disease and autism advocates identify elopement as a top priority, virtually no research has been conducted on this phenomenon in ASD,” states Dr. Paul Law, Director of the IAN Project at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.  Recently, 4-year-old Jackson Kastner drowned after wandering away from his home in Monroe County, MI, while four years ago, a 7-year-old boy wandered out of his classroom and ended up at a four-lane highway.  Despite being returned to school safe and sound, poor school supervision continues and he still wanders out of the classroom today.

To understand this wandering behavior and determine who is at risk, IAN is asking all families in the U.S. autism community to participate in the survey, which is funded by the Autism Research Institute, Autism Science Foundation, Autism Speaks, and Global Autism Collaboration.  IAN is asking for information  from families with children and dependent adults who either do or do not wander. To take part in the survey, you must register online at www.ianresearch.org.  If the necessary sample size for the survey is reached, preliminary data might be available on April 20, 2011.

The survey will help researchers answer important questions:

  • How often do individuals with ASD attempt to elope? How often do they succeed? Under what circumstances?
  • Which individuals with ASD are most at risk? At what age?
  • What burden do efforts to thwart elopement behavior place on caregivers?
  • What can be done to protect individuals with ASD and support their families?

If you have a child with autism, please consider taking part in this survey.

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10 Best Places to Live for Families with Autistic Kids

Monday, April 4th, 2011

An online survey recently conducted by Autism Speaks, the largest autism advocacy organization in the U.S., cites the greater New York area, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, northern New Jersey, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle, and Milawaukee as the 10 best places to live for families dealing with autism

The national survey was completed by 848 out of 1,400 people across the 48 continental United States and the District of Columbia.  These places ranked higher because survey takers were happy with the local autism services and resources (even if they had to travel an hour), the educational programs, the access to good clinical and medical care, the availability of recreational activities,  and the supportive, family-friendly employer policies. 

The most  negative responses came from the states Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, Florida, Michigan, and California.  Plus, in considering the survey overall, 74% (638) of the survery takers were generally unsatisfied with the autism services and resources they were receiving while only 26% (220) were satisfied.  Read the full survey data on Autism Speaks.

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