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Illuminating Autism | The Autism News

Illuminating Autism | The Autism News | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Imagine if your child didn't talk or make eye contact with you.

“When my daughter was first diagnosed when she was two – that was 5 years ago – the numbers were 1 in 150. Now, children are affected 1 in 99. And, I just read a recent study where they think it’s even greater than that. And, that’s a huge percentage of children being affected. And, the earlier we help them, the earlier we help their parents, the better the kids will be and the more productive they’ll be and happier,” explains Rachael.

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Mother who lost autistic son helps others | The Autism News

Mother who lost autistic son helps others | The Autism News | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
It has been just over a month since Ryan Pennington lost her 4-year-old son, Blake Murrell, in a tragic accident. “No one should have to bury their child. It’s against the laws of nature, if you ask me. No one should have to experience that,” Pennington said.

The details of that day are still too tough for her to even talk about.

On April 19, Blake wandered away from his home and drowned in pond at a nearby park.

Just a day before the accident, Pennington says Blake was diagnosed with autism.

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Common Asperger's Syndrome Symptoms Found in The Transition To College

Asperger's In Adults is no doubt one of the most difficult times in someone's life. In high school or college, many individuals lead a cosseted life and continue to be helped financially and otherwise by their parents. After school, these ties are sometimes cut off, leaving the latest graduate to fend for his or herself. This transition is frightening for anyone, but even more so for an adult with Asperger's. Since college is a time to learn to live with peers in a controlled setting, the workforce is a tough idea for Asperger's adults because they must typically cope with new conditions every day rather than have the comfort of a set living situation.

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CDC Autism Researcher Indicted for Fraud

CDC Autism Researcher Indicted for Fraud | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Danish scientist Poul Thorsen and American scientist Paul Offit are two discredited vaccine experts who care more about money than your health.
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Autism is not | Autism & Oughtisms

Autism is not | Autism & Oughtisms | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
I know you mean well, I know you care and you only say these things because you’ve heard them somewhere from someone at some time. And you think you might be able to save my son or improve his life, if only I knew what you knew…

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The world through autistic eyes: study says autistic people see symmetry better

A new study offers a unique glimpse into the mind of autistic people, suggesting they perceive symmetry better than those who are not autistic.

While most people might look at a butterfly and admire its general beauty, for instance, an autistic person might focus on the fact the left wing is a mirror image of the right wing.

Armando Bertone thinks this difference in perception is linked to the well-known symptoms of autism — such as fixation on specific objects.

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Julia O'Malley : Guardian on four legs | adn.com

Julia O'Malley : Guardian on four legs | adn.com | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
What kind of anxiety-filled parenting scenarios play out when you have two children under 10, one with autism and one with Down syndrome and autism?



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Ramblings of a Civil Servant: Best Week for Kids with Aspergers

Ramblings of a Civil Servant: Best Week for Kids with Aspergers | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Best Week for Kids with Aspergers. I think the only person who might know what week this is would be my friend Nicole, who is a child psychologist who works with autistic kids. It's National Transportation Week.
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Autism Checklist for Babies

Autism Checklist for Babies | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
A five-minute checklist could help diagnose babies with autism earlier than before, according to a recent article in The Washington Post.
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'Color Music' Piano System for Children w/Special Needs

This almost completely nonverbal autistic was able to use this system to play piano in my class!
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Massachusetts Study Shows Sharp Rise in Early Autism Diagnoses ...

“This paper highlights the fact that more children are getting autism spectrum disorder services,” Landa said. “All those working hard to identify these early signs of autism spectrum disorder and promote the fact that early intervention helps, that’s starting to have a public impact.”

Infants younger than 24 months of age whose mothers’ primary language was not English or were foreign-born were less likely to be diagnosed with autism.

Boys were from four to five times more likely to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder than girls, the researchers found.

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The Difference Between Autism And Asperger | education

To better understand the difference between autism and Asperger syndrome, it is useful to understand that autism, also called autism spectrum disorder covers a wide range of cognitive and developmental impairment/
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Autistic boys remain in foster care | The Columbian

Autistic boys remain in foster care | The Columbian | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Two autistic boys who were allegedly kept locked in a cage-like room will continue to stay in foster care, a Clark County court commissioner ruled Tuesday.

Assistant Attorney General Dana Gigler told the commissioner that there has been “no substantial change” warranting a shift in care. Currently, the boys are staying in foster homes in Clark County; two other boys belonging to Eckhart and his live-in girlfriend, Alayna Higdon, are staying with family members.

The boys are now enrolled in schools in Clark County, a DSHS spokeswoman said.

Eckhart and Higdon were arrested April 12 after Vancouver police found the boys in a dark, mostly empty bedroom with a door and window covered with bars similar to those commonly used in closets. The boys were still in diapers, not enrolled in school and couldn’t speak, police said.

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Autism: a mother's labour of love | Life and style | The Guardian

Autism: a mother's labour of love | Life and style | The Guardian | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Determined to change things for children like Susie, and their parents, Lorna switched her professional attention. More than 50 years later, she is one of the world's leading experts in the field, and in 1962 helped found the National Autistic Society. Her research has been instrumental in defining autism as a spectrum, ranging from those severely affected to the – previously ignored – very high functioning. In 1981 she coined the term Asperger's syndrome (after Hans Asperger, an Austrian doctor who first recorded autistic tendencies in children with high IQs), a sub-group of autism without learning disability, thought to include Albert Einstein.
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Recognize the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders.

The course begins by discussing the features, related behaviors, and special needs of individuals with autism. By learning to first recognize these characteristics, you’ll take the first step toward helping people with autism feel comfortable, welcome, and safe in your workplace. You’ll gain the skills to recognize when an individual with autism might need additional support and how to provide that support. You’ll also learn...

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Developmental Disabilities, Including Autism and ADHD, Are on the Rise

Developmental Disabilities, Including Autism and ADHD, Are on the Rise | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
One in six American children now has a developmental disability — a 17% increase over the past decade, driven largely by increases in autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to government researchers.
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Woman with autism speaks at event sponsored by Algiers Charter Schools in Harvey

Woman with autism speaks at event sponsored by Algiers Charter Schools in Harvey | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
She learned at the late age of 44 that her history of sometimes eccentric behavior, including meltdowns at school and repeated mishaps, miscommunications and traumas throughout her life, could be explained to a large degree by the fact that she has a mild form of autism.

It wasn’t discovered sooner, she said, because her case of high-functioning autism allows her to appear and act similarly to someone without the disorder much of the time.

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The Art of Autism - NTV

The Art of Autism - NTV | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Autism affects 1 in 115 children in the United States. Now, one local woman is giving a creative voice to her personal experiences with this disorder through her artwork.
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Town offers camp geared towards autistic kids

Town offers camp geared towards autistic kids | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
The Town of Clifton Park will host a one-of-a-kind summer camp this year that caters to children diagnosed along the autism spectrum.

The town will be the only municipality in the Capital Region to offer a fully integrated autism program within a summer recreation camp for kids for a second year in a row.

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Geeks, Hats, Aspergers, Emotions, & yay! Maroon5!

Geeks, Hats, Aspergers, Emotions, & yay! Maroon5! | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
One of the challenges people face in that other life we live in is one that after I was here in Secondlife for a few years, I found that I had had trouble with both as a child and as a young adult, Aspergers Syndrome.
I was fortunate that apparently I am one of the estimated twenty percent that grow out of Aspergers.
Without naming names I can tell you that there are two people I personally know of that are incredibly successful in virtual worlds who have Aspergers. As you can see via the above link, Asbergers people don't seem to "get" those unspoken social clues that contribute to how we deal with social situations.
Of course that lack of silent social interaction is what can make interpersonal relationships a living hell here in these virtual worlds.
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Thai program offers animal therapy for autistic kids using elephants

Thai program offers animal therapy for autistic kids using elephants | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Animal therapy for people with developmental disabilities — notably using dolphins, dogs and horses — is not new, and has provoked skepticism — especially in connection with expensive swimming-with-dolphins programs. But some anecdotal evidence and studies have shown positive results.

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IMFAR 2011: What Parents Expect For Their Autistic Children

IMFAR 2011: What Parents Expect For Their Autistic Children | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
The underlying NHES survey did not appear to make distinctions among students on the autism spectrum, specifically along the language dimension. What I am trying to say is that ASD students who have more age-appropriate expressive oral and written language skills may have different educational outcomes than students whose oral and written language skills are not as robust.

In looking over the abstract, two things struck me:

•Children on the autism spectrum were nearly twice as likely to be home schooled (5.5% vs. 2.9%)
•Over 6% of parents did not expect their ASD student to earn a high school diploma, compared tojust 0.6% of non-ASD parents
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Rotary lauds teacher for work with autistic students - Glendale Star

Rotary lauds teacher for work with autistic students - Glendale Star | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Each year, Glendale Rotary Club honors a Glendale teacher with the Matt O. Hanhila Award in recognition of teaching excellence. This year, the honor went to Jess Eiler, a preschool special-education teacher of autistic children and children with severe delays at Melvin E. Sine School in the Glendale Elementary School District.

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Autism Diagnosis - who has what, and why? | Psychology Today

Autism Diagnosis - who has what, and why? | Psychology Today | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Are Asperger's, Autism, and PDD-NOS all the same?
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Trying to unlock the doors in my autistic son's mind

Trying to unlock the doors in my autistic son's mind | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
I don't write this because of one particular incident, but for the many smaller incidents, comments and attitudes over the years.
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