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Scottish Autism: A very Wicked show...

The case of the Autistic 12 year old boy who was asked to leave a London theatre this week was very unfortunate for many reasons. Firstly, because young Gregor Morris was clearly enjoying the
performance of 'Wicked' after a long trip south from Moray.

Secondly, because it was not any audience member, but a lighting crew operator who was supposedly disturbed by Gregor's enjoyment of the show.

And thirdly, because the Apollo Victoria and the Ambassador Theatre Group which runs this venue appear to really have missed a trick by allegedly being so autism-unfriendly.
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Camp Jigsaw helps adolescents with autism (Mississippi State University)

Camp Jigsaw helps adolescents with autism (Mississippi State University) | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Camp Jigsaw, now in its second year and named after the puzzle-piece symbol associated with autism awareness, involves boys ages 12-19. It is a week crammed with experiences designed to help them make eye contact during conversations and maintain a positive tone of voice, among other concepts.

The experience also enables university graduate students serving as staff members while studying emotional and behavioral disorders to earn credit toward their internship requirement.
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Autism Awareness | CPI

What you say and do when you interact with a person with autism can have a significant impact on a situation. Well-intentioned professionals may be surprised when a situation takes a negative turn—simply because they don’t know how to effectively communicate with an individual with autism.
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Using Visual Supports for Individuals with Autism - Autism Community

Using Visual Supports for Individuals with Autism - Autism Community | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Using visual supports with individuals with autism has been shown to be an effective strategy for teaching skills and supporting participation in home, school and community.
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National Autism Association Applauds Approval of Medical Diagnostic Code for Wandering

National Autism Association Applauds Approval of Medical Diagnostic Code for Wandering | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Wandering incidents appear to be on the rise and the autism community has suffered unimaginable loss over the past several years. "It's rare for even a week to go by without reading a news story of another child with autism who has gone missing," stated NAA Board Chair, Lori McIlwain. "Far too many of these stories end in tragedy."
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Autism Blog - Letter to Massachusetts DDS Commissioner Urging Elimination of Electric Shock, Other Aversives « Left Brain/Right Brain

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other Federal agencies regarding laws, policies, practices, and procedures affecting people with disabilities. NCD strongly opposes the use of aversive treatments and accordingly submits these comments.
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Autism Therapy - ABA

For more information, visit http://www.sos-healthcare.com or http://www.abs-sc.org...
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Applied Analysis Behavior, Inc. provides services that are consistent with the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities, autism and other special needs throughout South Carolina. All services employ evidence-based practices that are supported by scientific literature similar to what is shown in this video.

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Autistics can be brilliant with early care, says MP

Yong said it was unfortunate that even in today’s modern world, some parents chose to ignore the signs either thinking that there was nothing wrong with their child or they were ashamed to accept the truth.

“These parents need to realise that with the right help, their child can develop normally. Some of these autistic children have turned out to be brilliant individuals,” he said.
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Miss. requires no special autism training for its teachers - Jackson Clarion Ledger

Miss. requires no special autism training for its teachers - Jackson Clarion Ledger | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Appointed this year by state lawmakers to produce an annual plan to educate and train students with autism, the brain trust estimates 8,139 Mississippi children have it.

Over the past decade, that's a 368 percent spike.

Yet, the state does not require autism training for teachers to get a license, nor is it required as part of a teacher's continued professional development.

That leaves many parents desperate to find adequately trained teachers for their children, or affordable services elsewhere.
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Autism Society - Oklahoma

Autism Society chapters are your best source of information and support. Most chapters are volunteer-led by parents, care providers and other professionals. The Autism Society has chapters in nearly every state reaching out to individuals with autism and their families with information, support, and encouragement.
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Mum's fight for autistic kids - Wakefield Express

Mum's fight for autistic kids - Wakefield Express | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Angela Barker, 39, from Wakefield, decided to share the struggle she had to get help for son Alex, in support of the launch of the National Autistic Society’s Great Expectations campaign this week.

Her son Alex was excluded twice from school and she says it was due to a lack of understanding and awareness of the condition.

The mum-of-three said: “Before he was diagnosed at the age of 10, I was regularly being called into school or nursery about his behaviour, which was always put down to a change in circumstances like me going back to work."

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) | Knowledge Base | CPI

This resource page is provided to link you to websites and articles that can enhance your interactions with individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
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Meet Auti: An Interactive Toy for Children With Autism

Designed for children aged six months and up, Auti was created at the Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. The furry toy has sensors that can detect touch and sound. The toy responds positively with movement during a friendly interaction, but shuts down in response to negative behaviors like hitting or yelling.
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Autism never got in the way of Naples grad Ian Liebentritt, on or off the court

Autism never got in the way of Naples grad Ian Liebentritt, on or off the court | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
At 6-feet, 5-inches tall, Ian was literally a huge asset to the Big Green’s varsity basketball team. One of Ian’s interests is statistics, so he rattled off the stat lines from his best games without hesitation. Against Harley-Allendale Columbia, he started and scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Against Dundee he recorded a career-high 16 points.

Jeff said that people affected by autism are often very literal. So in the case of basketball, Ian did exactly what he was coached to do in terms of where he was supposed to be on the court.

“He has a different mentality than anybody else,” teammate Sheldon Sweltz said. “He never goofs around; he doesn’t know how to. He always works hard and is fun to be with and play with. He’s also really smart about everything on the court.”
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What Happened to Ayn Could Happen to Any Autistic Child

What Happened to Ayn Could Happen to Any Autistic Child | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Ayn Van Dyk is a 9-year-old girl who was taken from her family in Abbotsford, British Columbia on June 16th by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Her father, Derek Hoare, has been working literally round the clock to get her back.
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Far-reaching Service for Service Dogs | The State Column

Today, service dogs are accompanying children with autism to school, which has led to some controversy. Some school districts are reluctant to allow dogs into their schools because they argue that the dogs are distracting to the learning environment.
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Executive Functioning Skills DVD & Autism

Executive Functioning Skills DVD & Autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Graphics and music are used to make the video appealing to children with Asperger's Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Nonverbal Learning Disorders. A high production value helps keep the child's interest so that he or she will want to watch many times.
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Autism Social Behavior | CPI

Autism Social Behavior | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Due to the complex nature of ASD there is no "magic formula" or simple solution that will work to assist all students with autism spectrum disorders.
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Quick test helps diagnose autism in toddlers | abc7chicago.com

A single piece of paper's is helping diagnose kids with autism and other developmental disorders at a much earlier age.
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Drawing Autism - 50 Watts

Drawing Autism - 50 Watts | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Drawing Autism is an incredible collection of artwork by people diagnosed with autism, from teenage amateurs to established artists.
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Dog helped open up world for Edmond girl with autism | NewsOK.com

Dog helped open up world for Edmond girl with autism | NewsOK.com | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Experts delivered devastating news about the virtually silent 5-year-old Joy Lauffenburger.
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Resources - | autism | Asperger syndrome |

Resources - | autism | Asperger syndrome | | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
We asked children and young people with autism, and their parents and carers about their experiences of education and what they think could work better. Our campaign report sets out the practical, often simple steps that the Government can take to create a system that works for everyone.
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Why a Mother Uses Pot to Treat Her Autistic Son - NBC Bay Area

Why a Mother Uses Pot to Treat Her Autistic Son - NBC Bay Area | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Hester-Perez is very particular when it comes to the type of pot she gives Joey. It's not only organic, but also veganic, which means there it contains no animal products. She also has it tested at a Bay Area lab that tests cannabis, nothing else.

Hester-Perez says she believes she's taking care to make sure Joey's medical marijuana is safe, and knows in her heart she made the right decision. "He's 12 years old and thanks to cannabis, I'm having my first with my son, my first of everything."

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