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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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A Change For Autism Service Dogs in Schools

A Change For Autism Service Dogs in Schools | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
A bill has been passed in the state legislature that would allow all types of service dogs, including autism service dogs in schools across the state.

It's a bill that Anna Laura Bryan, a local contestant in the Miss Alabama Pageant has spent the last couple of years fighting to get passed. 12 year old Brayden Ellis and her autism dog, Puah have accompanied Bryan on the state at the pageant the past two years.

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Autism and separation - Ottawa Divorce .com Forums

Autism and separation - Ottawa Divorce .com Forums | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
My ex has managed to stonewall and delay and delay, switching lawyers repeatedly, not communicating, ignoring letters from lawyers for months.
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Robert Kennedy on the Vaccine Autism Coverup

The federal officials and industry representatives had assembled to discuss a disturbing new study that raised alarming questions about the safety of a host of common childhood vaccines administered to infants and young children. According to a CDC epidemiologist named Tom Verstraeten, who had analyzed the agency's massive database containing the medical records of 100,000 children, a mercury-based preservative in the vaccines -- thimerosal -- appeared to be responsible for a dramatic increase in autism and a host of other neurological disorders among children.
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Computer addiction an illness, says psychiatrist - ABC Online

Computer addiction an illness, says psychiatrist - ABC Online | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Internet and computer addiction should be recognised as a legitimate side effect of mental illness among adolescents, a psychiatrist has told a national psychiatry congress in Darwin.

For three years, Victorian psychiatrist Dr Soumya Basu has been studying a group of six teenage boys who refused to go to school and played computer games excessively.

He found that all of the boys had a range of mental conditions, like autism spectrum disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, depression and social phobia.

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Turning Visible « Spectrummy Mummy

Turning Visible « Spectrummy Mummy | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
I don’t have a lot of time to read, but I do spend a lot of time in waiting rooms. Too much time in waiting rooms, actually. I see all kinds of parents like me in there. Stay-at-home mothers and fathers, ones who go out to work, ones who work at home, parents of multiples, parents of adopted children, parents of only children, parents of lots of children, expat parents, gay parents, ones who married their childhood sweetheart, single parents, divorced and remarried parents, mixed culture and multiracial parents. I’m a special needs mother, you see. We’re all different.

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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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PAWS 4 THOR: One boy's journey to find a helping paw...

PAWS 4 THOR: One boy's journey to find a helping paw... | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
Thor is a 2 1/2 yr old boy who happens to have Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Extreme Anxiety. We're currently fundraising to get him an Autism Ser...
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Autistic teenager wins silver medals at Special Olympics

Autistic teenager wins silver medals at Special Olympics | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
His mother, Radmila, said: "Through his life, we have had to fight long and hard for absolutely everything and are still fighting.

"It is amazing Daniel has got to this level, considering everything."

Those who came first and third in the same competition had already been selected for the Special Olympics World Championships in Athens in July.

As it was Daniel's first Special Olympics competition – which is for those with learning disabilities – his dad Patrick said he has not yet been spotted by selectors.

But he said it is likely Daniel, whose learning disability is just one aspect of his complex autism, will eventually compete on the international stage.
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Now It’s the Parent’s Turn… | PinkShirtDay.ca

Now It’s the Parent’s Turn… | PinkShirtDay.ca | Autism & Special Needs | Scoop.it
First and most importantly, long before your child needs to come and talk with you about a potentially “touchy,” serious or embarrassing situation, be sure you have developed an atmosphere where your child feels safe and comfortable when coming to talk with you about such things.
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Autism – Are The Schools Prepared For The Autism Epidemic?

Are our Autistic children going to be lost in the shuffle?

Doomed to spend their days in a classroom where they are being babysat at best by teachers who quite frankly have no idea how to help them?

More emphasis needs to be placed now on recruiting and training Special Education teachers who want to make a change in the Autistic child’s life.

Those that have been doing Special Ed for a long time need classes updating their skills and introducing them to the challenges they are going to face with the children with Autism.
A lot has changed since the first days when Autism was first diagnosed and treated with electric shock therapy.

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