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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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An Autism Dad's Advice: Acceptance

An Autism Dad's Advice: Acceptance | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
I am the father of an 8 year old boy with Autism (Erik). What does it mean to me? Probably exactly the same for any other Dad of an 8 year old boy. The only difference is the Autism. The journey with Autism has certainly impacted on our lives but I find we have adapted as best we can and are making the absolute most of it.

Our key...... (well it works most of the time) is a simple one of acceptance.
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TDF/TAP Autism Theatre Initiative

We are proud to announce that Theatre Development Fund (TDF) is piloting a new program, Autism Theatre Initiative, to make theatre accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and their families.
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Canadians resist call to screen all babies for autism - Ottawa Citizen

Canadians resist call to screen all babies for autism - Ottawa Citizen | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Canadian researchers are warning that not nearly enough evidence exists to support a move to screen every preschooler for autism, as US doctors are urging.
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Will autism-vaccine links hurt Jim Carrey, Mr. Popper’s Penguins?

Will autism-vaccine links hurt Jim Carrey, Mr. Popper’s Penguins? | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
A healthcare backlash against Jim Carrey? I didn’t stop watching Tom Cruise movies because of his bizarre behavior and Scientology background. I didn’t stop listening to the Dixie Chicks after their 9/11 comments. But every time I see an ad for Mr. Popper’s Penguins I can’t get Jim Carrey’s ludicrous vaccine perspectives out of my heads. And that cuts down on the chances I’ll take my kids to see the movie, too.

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At star-studded charity gala, 'Teen Hero' with autism proves anything is possible

At star-studded charity gala, 'Teen Hero' with autism proves anything is possible | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
To see Haley Moss at Samsung's 10th annual "Hope for Children Gala" on Tuesday evening, one might assume this polished seventeen year-old had done many of these type of events before.
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Autism center receiving state funding

Autism center receiving state funding | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
“The hardest thing for my mom was to let go and trust that my brother (who had autism) was going to be OK, and I can understand that,” Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle, EMU professor of special education, said. “We want to make everything as comfortable as possible… The families are our number one goal.”

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Supportive Strategies | CPI

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Supportive Strategies | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Working with students and their families in the field of education can be an extremely rewarding experience. The more we learn about and understand the students in our care, the more positive and rewarding our relationships with them will become. The overall learning experience will become richer for everyone.

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The Autism Advantage: The Solitary Forager Hypothesis

The Autism Advantage: The Solitary Forager Hypothesis | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Being autistic is an advantage, according to a recently published article in the journal Evolutionary Psychology. Jared Reser, a brain science researcher and doctoral candidate in the University of Southern California Psychology Department, argues that many of the traits seen in autistic individuals including heightened abilities for concentration, spatial intelligence and memory -- and even an unusual capacity for being solitary and not being dependent on the usual sorts of human social interactions -- would have made someone a highly capable "hunter-gatherer" in prehistoric times.

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Autism and Eating Disorders: A Problematic Connection | Autism Key

Autism and Eating Disorders: A Problematic Connection | Autism Key | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
In a previous article, I discussed how girls with undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) often manifest eating disorders. Researchers at the Maudsley Hospital in London compared and contrasted autism and anorexia for several years and found that while patients with autism struggle to connect with people in the outside world and anorexics are obsessed with other people’s perceptions of them, there are still some compelling similarities between the two conditions.

For example, both anorexics and individuals with autism exhibit obsessive/compulsive behavior and rigid thinking. Tic disorders are fairly common among individuals in both populations and both have trouble dealing with change. Additionally, researchers found that some 20 percent of anorexic patients unknowingly suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome.


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Is California's largest HMO autism friendly? - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

Is California's largest HMO autism friendly? - San Francisco Chronicle (blog) | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
I am a parent and one of my children has autism. Like many California parents, after I drop off my kids off at school, I turn on the radio.

Every morning I listen to advertisements from the largest HMO in the state, Kaiser Permemante. These ads tell me to laugh, listen to music, and exercise not only my body but my "flabby brain."

I thought I heard all the feel-good tips they had to offer until this morning, when I heard the newest in this series of ads, this one about "being happy." As a means to become more healthy, Kaiser advises people to perform "random acts of kindness" and encourages listeners to "let someone ahead of you in line at the store or pay the toll for the car behind you." The ads say that according to studies, these kinds of actions will not only improve our own happiness, but also our health. The commercials always end with the message that Kaiser Permanente wants us to "live well and thrive!"

Kaiser may take that attitude toward many of its members, but not those who have a child with autism. Over two years ago, I received my first set of denials associated with basic treatment for my son's disorder. They denied Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Speech therapy, and Occupational therapy.

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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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Autism may have had advantages in humans' hunter-gatherer past, researcher believes

Autism may have had advantages in humans' hunter-gatherer past, researcher believes | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
The autism spectrum may represent not disease, but an ancient way of life for a minority of ancestral humans, said Jared Reser, a brain science researcher and doctoral candidate in the USC Psychology Department.

Some of the genes that contribute to autism may have been selected and maintained because they created beneficial behaviors in a solitary environment, amounting to an autism advantage, Reser said.

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Family ripped apart, immigration says son with Asperger's 'inadmissible' - Toronto Star

Family ripped apart, immigration says son with Asperger's 'inadmissible' - Toronto Star | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Is it to be expected that because of Chris's autistic condition that he will never make any contribution to Canada?
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What I Heard « a diary of a mom

What I Heard « a diary of a mom | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
You proved that night that Autism Speaks is not just speaking, but listening. You made me, as a parent feel like a partner. You made it abundantly clear that you have taken in what you’ve heard from the community and incorporated it into what you say, what you do, how you think, and where you spend your (our) time, energy and money.
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What My Autistic Twins are Teaching Me About Love

What My Autistic Twins are Teaching Me About Love | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
I come from a family of achievers and changemakers. For generations, we've been accomplishing big things. Now my wife and I are parents to 10-year-old twins who have autism, and who often struggle to make it through the day. Our family has been through plenty of agony and disappointment over the last 10 years, and yet our twins are teaching me something important about life, about love and about what it means to be human.

I am learning about a love that is not tied to performance or accomplishment. I am learning about love, just because.

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Autism Screening Called Into Question

Autism Screening Called Into Question | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
When toddlers arrive at Dr. Monika Symms' office for their routine 18-month visit, the pediatrician gives parents a survey screening their children for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

Researchers questioning if routine autism screening is actually an effective public health tool conducted a sweeping search of the existing scientific literature. They determined that there is not enough evidence to support the implementation of routine screening for autism. The conclusion flies in the face of AAP's current support of the practice.
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Art Class for Students With Autism

Art Class for Students With Autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
This exploratory technique helped a child with autism express emotions he would not be able to communicate through speech.
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Autism Blogs Directory: Autism success stories – Bram Cohen

Autism Blogs Directory: Autism success stories – Bram Cohen | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
This week's autism success story looks at internet entrepreneur Bram Cohen. This is the latest in a series of guest articles looking at success stories from Autism Care UK who provide autism support services.
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Autism diagnoses take South Korea by surprise

Autism diagnoses take South Korea by surprise | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Some simply viewed their children as late bloomers. Others refused to discuss or accept the diagnosis.
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Looking For Early Signs Of Autism In Brain Waves : NPR

Looking For Early Signs Of Autism In Brain Waves : NPR | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Scientists hope to diagnose autistic children while they are still infants by probing unusual electrical signals in their brains using electroencephalography.
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Autism In The Family - Technorati

Autism In The Family - Technorati | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Autism is a devastating diagnosis for any family. It's not fully understood, causes are hotly debated, and there is so much misleading information out there that no one really knows what to do.
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