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Missing Girl's Body Found At Arvada Construction Site - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver

Missing Girl's Body Found At Arvada Construction Site - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Kristina was equipped with a LifeTrak tracking system; however, the device did not yield any results, police had said, possibly because it was submerged in water.

The wristwatch-sized device is not GPS-based but tracks via low-frequency radio signals, Medina said.

Colorado Life Trak is a tracking system used by law enforcement departments nationwide to locate adults and children suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Down syndrome, autism and other related disorders who have the tendency to become lost, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, which also uses the system.
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Autistic teen sees sentence reduced

Autistic teen sees sentence reduced | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
STAFFORD — An autistic teenager from Stafford whose case drew national attention was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday instead of the 10-and-a-half the jury recommended.
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Use of Positive Behavior Interventions & Support (PBIS) Beyond School Settings | CPI

Use of Positive Behavior Interventions & Support (PBIS) Beyond School Settings | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
We have read a fascinating report about PBIS being successfully used in a partnership between Virginia Commonwealth University and Henrico County Public Schools. They are assisting students with autism in a hospital-based internship program.
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REGION: Law enforcement officers learn how to recognize autism | The Autism News

REGION: Law enforcement officers learn how to recognize autism | The Autism News | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
As an officer at the Palomar College Police department and the father of a severely autistic 8-year-old boy, Herritt has a special interest in filling what he sees as a significant gap in law enforcement training.

“We get a day or two of mental health training, but a lot of it is crisis intervention,” said Officer Craig Bond of the Escondido Police Department. “I’ve had over three years of working with PERT (the psychiatric emergency response team) and I pulled a lot” out of Herritt’s training course.

Herritt led the training Thursday in his capacity as a consultant for Autism Risk Management, a private company from Port St. Lucie, Fla., that provides autism training and resources for law enforcement agencies.

The course covered common behaviors of people with autism and how to help autistic people —- or at least avoid hurting them —- when they become involved with the criminal justice system.
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Living With a Child With Autism - Yahoo! News

Living With a Child With Autism - Yahoo! News | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
At age 2½, doctors diagnosed Kara with autism.

Wismann said she had a hard time accepting the diagnosis. "I was in denial for four years, maybe," she said. "It was extremely worrisome."

She took Kara to a behavioral therapist and a communication therapist. She tried homeopathic remedies. She even considered taking the girl to chelation therapy, which involves injecting a chemical into the body and has been rumored to help children with autism. "I was going to try chelation at one point, but then I heard some other kids with autism died because it wasn't performed correctly," she said.

The only thing she said she's found that helps her get through to Kara is music therapy. "She just engages more," Wismann said. "Instead of being in her own space, if you're more singsong-y when you're interacting with her, she seems to engage more and want to be interactive with you."

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Who Will Be Autistic in 2013? Learn More About the New Diagnostic Criteria

Who Will Be Autistic in 2013? Learn More About the New Diagnostic Criteria | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
If you're like me, you're teeming with questions. Will my child (or I) need to be rediagnosed? If so, what will a different diagnosis mean to me or to the services, treatments and educational program I now have in place? If I have Asperger syndrome, will I now be "autistic?" Or will I fit into a completely different category?
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Employer did not discriminate against Asperger's applicant by not making adjustments to group interview exercise

Employer did not discriminate against Asperger's applicant by not making adjustments to group interview exercise | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Ms Lowe has Asperger’s syndrom, and is disabled under discrimination law. Her condition causes her a number of difficulties. She:

-has trouble identifying facial expressions and body language, and cannot easily read emotions;
-does not look at people’s faces when she is speaking to them;
-finds it hard to show an interest in what other people are saying and what is going on around her; and
-has trouble with normal conversation, and finds group discussions particularly difficult.
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12-Year-Old Cumming Boy Headed to College

A 12-year-old Georgia boy with incredible gifts despite a lifelong struggle with Autism is heading to college in the fall.

The first thing you may notice about Alex Beach is that he is bigger than other kids at martial arts practice. At the age of 12 he also has a giant intellect. He is fluent in Japanese and Latin, composed his own music, and is a whiz at chess.

His mother tells us he has a genius IQ. After graduation from Eaton Academy in Roswell, Alex is headed to North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega.

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Don't Mourn For Us

Autism isn't something a person has, or a "shell" that a person is trapped inside. There's no normal child hidden behind the autism. Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion, and encounter, every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person--and if it were possible, the person you'd have left would not be the same person you started with.
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The Autistic Me: Children with Special Needs Become Adults

The Autistic Me: Children with Special Needs Become Adults | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Children with autism now receive more supports than ever before, but many autistic adults feel invisible. Autistic adults face high unemployment (only 17 percent find appropriate employment, according to a U.K. study), social isolation, and, often, a number of potential coexisting conditions. Many of the autistic adults I've met also deal with seizure disorders, social anxiety, sensory integration issues, and learning challenges.
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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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De escalation techniques

Agitation and anxiety often go hand-in-hand if the child or adult with autism isn't approached in a manner that's helpful to them. If you work or live with persons where behavior can be an issue, here's how you can stop situations before they turn into a crisis.
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Exploring the Diagnostic History of Autism

Exploring the Diagnostic History of Autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
If you've never actually looked into the diagnostic history of autism, it's worth your time to compare and contrast today's "autism spectrum disorder" with earlier diagnostic labels and symptoms.
For example, autism (not ASD as we know it today) was lumped in with childhood schizophrenia until the 1980 DSM III, and was then listed as "infantile autism" with these descriptive criteria...

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Driving With Autism

Driving With Autism | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
I have had a permit for about three years. The first time I went driving, I was soaked with sweat, my heart was pounding and we were driving in the middle of the country with barely any other cars around.
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Young Scottish fashion designer supports Autism Initiative

Young Scottish fashion designer supports Autism Initiative | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
The gallery which is on the corner of Northumberland Street and Dundas Street displays artwork produced by artists who have a disability, mental health problem or those from a disadvantaged background and provides a platform to exhibit and sell artwork in a high profile location.

It is the first social firm developed by Autism Ventures Scotland (AVS). Part of Autism Initiatives UK, AVS has been established to create employment opportunities and experiences for people with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) in Scotland.

The traineeships include on the job and vocational training, resulting in a recognised qualification.
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Asperger's Syndrome Set to Lose Its Name

Asperger's Syndrome Set to Lose Its Name | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
The American Psychiatric Association formalized the diagnosis of Asperger's -- a syndrome marked by impaired social interaction and sensory overload -- in 1994, 50 years after it was first described by Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger.

But the association plans to remove the term "Asperger's" from its new diagnostic manual, set for release in 2013 -- a decision that has sparked criticism from advocacy groups.
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City plans to save money by increasing class sizes for special education kids

City plans to save money by increasing class sizes for special education kids | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
The city plans to save money by increasing class sizes for special education kids, outraging parents and educators who say students will suffer under the new system.

Education officials quietly voted last week to reduce funding and increase class sizes by about 20% for many special education kids in city schools starting next year.

Teachers and parents say the new rules could mean less effective instruction for about 175,000 special education students in city schools.


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Rye Brook mom, son press for autism services, awareness | The Journal News | LoHud.com

Rye Brook mom, son press for autism services, awareness | The Journal News | LoHud.com | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Three years ago, she lobbied successfully for lighting the building in blue, symbolic of autism, on the eve of the official World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. She said her son, Emil Jensen, came up with the idea.
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Autism Social Behavior | CPI

Autism Social Behavior | CPI | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
There's no "magic formula" or simple solution that will work to assist all students with autism spectrum disorders. Every student with ASD is as unique as every student who does not have ASD. The following strategies will help you interact with students with ASD more effectively. They are rooted in a spirit of empathy, dignity, and respect and will help you further develop a school environment of Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security.
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Haiku Contest For Autistic Children | Reikiflow

Haiku is normally about nature; however, I am sponsoring this contest on this web site for autistic children and their families. Tell me your story and submit your haiku.
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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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