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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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New toy helps autistic children learn positive playing skills

A team at Victoria University, led by Helen Andréa, says that their new responsive, mechanized toy, called 'Auti', will help autistic children develop speaking, touching, and collaborating skills.
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Autism Delaware awards $10,000 to innovative community programs

Autism Delaware awards $10,000 to innovative community programs | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Keystone Human Services was awarded a grant to improve communication skills for 10 individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The grant-funded program will buy technology devices with auditory and pictorial cues, such as iPods and iPhones, configure the devices for the individuals in the program and train staff on how to use the devices, collect data and evaluate the usage.

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I can't get any benefits help while Paul is labelled child - Scotsman.com News

I can't get any benefits help while Paul is labelled child - Scotsman.com News | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
The mother of a teenager with severe autism claims her son will be left in benefits limbo due to government red tape over adult financial support.
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Personal Hero: Autistic Savant Daniel Tammet Speaks About “Different Ways of Knowing”

Daniel Tammet is a self-described high functioning autistic savant with a mastery of language. This incredibly talented and interesting man has synesthesia that affects his perception of language, numbers and colors, so that all three are deeply intertwined. His synesthesia allows him to perceive the world in a phenomenally interesting way.

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Why and How Asperger Syndrome Will Disappear

Why and How Asperger Syndrome Will Disappear | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Some disorders will be redefined. Some will be added. Some will disappear.

Among the disappearing disorders is Asperger Syndrome, presently a discrete diagnosis under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorders. Instead of Asperger Syndrome, high functioning individuals with the core symptoms of autism (now defined essentially as repetitive behaviors and perseverative interests combined with sensory issues) will probably receive an "autism spectrum" diagnosis. It's also likely that they'll receive some sort of yet-to-defined extra term such as "without intellectual challenges."

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Autism may be recognisable by Body language - The Courier Pigeon

The leader of this research, Carly Veness (a speech pathologist), said that the pattern among the autistic children between the ages of eight and twenty four months was that they used less gestures. The study also revealed that at two years of age, lack of gestures was the main factor that differentiated autistic children from normal children. These discoveries could help bring about a change and make it easier to screen autism and help professionals to diagnose the condition at an early age.

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Weaker brain 'sync' may be early sign of autism

In a novel imaging study of sleeping toddlers, scientists report that a diminished ability of a young brain's hemispheres to "sync" with one another could be a powerful, new biological marker of autism.
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We Are Looking For People Willing To Make A Difference For People With Autism

We Are Looking For People Willing To Make A Difference For People With Autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
We are a few days away from launching new software for autism called Zac Picto – The software will allow parents, therapists, doctors and other professionals to connect for the wellbeing of people with an autism spectrum disorder.

Zac Picto was started over 18 months ago with the intention of building one of the most powerful technologies for people with autism. We have had the opportunity to impact the lives of over 2 million users with Zac Browser and it’s now the time to provide a tool for people involved in the well-being of someone on the spectrum.

We know there are currently multiple therapies available like ABA, Floortime, Sunrise, etc. and we suspect there will be many more solutions in the future. That’s the reason that we’ve created Zac Picto to be neutral and supportive with any kind of therapy.

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"We reduced the use of restraint 95% on individuals with autism."

"We reduced the use of restraint 95% on individuals with autism." | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Read stories and comments about the success organizations have experienced as a result of implementing our training programs.
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Miss Ghana USA 2011 Finalist ON Autism Awareness |

Miss Ghana USA 2011 Finalist ON Autism Awareness | | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
She has selected the platform of Autism Spectrum Disorders - Awareness and Advocacy to be her year-long campaign if she is selected to be the future Miss Ghana USA 2011.

Ms. Osei attended graduate school at Columbia University Medical, NY, and received a master of science in occupational therapy. Within the past four years, Ellen has conducted research regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and implemented an international community based program (Nicaragua) serving to raise awareness and train health professionals/caregivers in various effective treatment strategies for young children with developmental delays such as autism.
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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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Adults on the Autism Spectrum Work on Software for InteractBooks and nonPareil Institute

The first book to be created in this partnership is Kivi and the Lizard People written by Gayle McCain and illustrated by Gloria Caballe. This is a wonderful story about how parents and their children find the best way to turn temper tantrums into hugs. “I love the way the e-book comes alive through InteractBooks, and the child can read the words, interact with the story and learn new skills at the same time,” says author McCain.

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Combating Autism Act

Combating Autism Act | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
“The enactment of the original Combating Autism Act marked the beginning of the federal government’s commitment to addressing the autism health crisis in a significant and appropriate way,” said Bob Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks. ”As the number of people diagnosed with autism in this country continues to rise, now is not the time for America to take a great leap backward."

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Autistic boys to stay in foster care | The Columbian

Two autistic boys reportedly kept in a caged room will remain in foster care, a Clark County Superior Court commissioner decided Tuesday morning.

The boys, ages 6 and 7, have been in state care since the April 12 arrest of their father, John Eckhart, 30, and his live-in girlfriend, Alayna Higdon, 26, on suspicion of unlawful imprisonment. The couple allegedly held the boys captive in a mostly empty room with a cagelike door.

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Children with autism face year-long wait for education support | Children & Young People Now

Children with autism face year-long wait for education support | Children & Young People Now | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
More than 1,000 parents of children with autism were surveyed by the society, with 48 per cent saying they waited more than a year to get the right support for their child and 27 per cent saying the wait was more than two years.

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More Autism Diagnoses in High-Tech Areas, Study Finds - US News and World Report

More Autism Diagnoses in High-Tech Areas, Study Finds - US News and World Report | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
"The theory is that people with autism may have a relative strength in systemizing, or the drive to analyze how systems work, how systems behave, how you can control them and build new ones," said study co-author Rosa Hoekstra, a visiting scientist with the Autism Research Center at Cambridge and an assistant professor of psychology at the Open University in Milton Keynes, England. "In the engineer or physicist or mathematician, these traits are advantageous, but it might cause difficulties in the children and show up as a clinical diagnosis of autism."

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Signs of autism evident at toddler stage, researchers find - Edmonton Journal

Researchers studying autistic toddlers have discovered their brain activity appears to be out of sync at a very early stage -a finding that sheds light on the biology of the condition and may help in earlier diagnosis.

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Autism therapy coverage nears OK

Autism therapy coverage nears OK | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Her voice breaking, Joanne Quinn said she hopes no Rhode Island family ever again experiences what she did:

Twelve years ago, when her 4-year-old son, Patrick, was newly diagnosed with autism and barely able to talk, Quinn’s health insurer refused her request for the intensive treatment he needed. The insurer would cover only six weeks of speech therapy, Quinn recalled.

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Autistic teens get a place for socializing and fun - Toledo Blade

Autistic teens get a place for socializing and fun - Toledo Blade | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Like most 14-year-old girls, Sarah Schlosser loves getting a weekly manicure and occasionally chilling out in a massage chair.

But Sarah, who has moderate autism, has difficulty communicating and is unable to talk on the phone with friends. The Toledo teen is sensitive to loud noises and often wears ear plugs or headphones to muffle them. And she needs a place to socialize with other autistic teens and young adults.

Sarah was among the first to be enrolled at the Self Reliance Center, a program that started last August and is the only one of its kind for autistic teens in the area. Teens and young adults socialize, play games, learn to do daily chores, and work on other skills.

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Autism Really

Autism Really | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
the 18 month mark, I took him to the best hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center (Don Imus Building) to get the testing. What a long day for us all. The reports came back as “Severe Autism”. I cried like a baby, for my baby. They had many suggestions to do immediately. I was then 26 years old, and had no idea of what Autism truly was. I researched everything, stopped working, and began his intensive therapies within the next month.

When hit with something like this, and you want to read about it, I couldn’t. Every book began with “they will never this or that”. My dear friend Chris gave me a book called “Let Me Hear Your Voice”. That is the only book I ever read because the mommy in the book helped more than one child with a positive outlook. I was driven at that point to do the same.

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IDEA Center: Adults with autism find support and opportunity

IDEA Center: Adults with autism find support and opportunity | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
What happens when children with autism become adults? Families of adults with autism face that intimidating question every day.

The reality is that few services are available to assist adults with even mild autism, and even fewer opportunities for them to further their education, work and socialize; in short, to live full, productive lives.

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