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Major study led by autistic scientist challenges long-held preconceptions about the condition

Major study led by autistic scientist challenges long-held preconceptions about the condition | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
A scientist with autism has used his own experiences to aid the completion of a study which challenges some of the most commonly-held beliefs about the condition.
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A recent study that continues to shed light on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Autism.   It has long been believed that many people with Autism are disabled by sensory symptoms or SPD, however, not much had been proven about how and when in the brain this was occurring. This study showed that in their tested population of adolescents with Autism, the parts of their brains receiving sensory systems were functioning well.  The impairment arose at a later stage of cognition called "executive function" which helps us determine what we should do in response to an action.  This is very good news for the treatment of SPD and Autism if this holds true in other studies because "executive functions of the brain can be trained to make use of sensory inputs more effectively". 
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Autism Spectrum Disorder & Autism Caregiver - Autism Resources Online

Autism Spectrum Disorder & Autism Caregiver - Autism Resources Online | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
Houlton Institute provides Autism Spectrum Disorder & Autism Caregiver . We have the best Autism Resources Online !
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The "bilt" course is a great new option in an on-line course for those who support the daily-living needs of young adults and adults with autism and related disabilities.
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Teachers create summer program for autistic students

Teachers create summer program for autistic students | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
Jeffco Schools have created a special summer program to help autistic students maintain social and academic skills.
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Wishing that their were more summer school programs out there like this for kids on the Spectrum.  Working on deficits in social skills can greatly benefit kids academic success in school.   

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See how a computer program advises adults with autism heading into job interviews

A computer program with an interviewer named Molly coaches applicants on giving better answers.
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This news clip video shares information about a job coaching and interview coaching software with a virtual reality job coach and interviewer named "Molly".  This virtual reality coaching technique is being studied by Northwestern Researchers to try to help young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) decrease their high levels of unemployment.   Their initial study results are showing promise.

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Disabling segregation: Dan Habib at TEDxAmoskeagMillyard - YouTube

Photojournalist Dan Habib didn't give much thought to disability — until his son Samuel was born with cerebral palsy. In this emotional talk, the disability-...
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As a parent of a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder do you know the benefits of inclusion?  It is well worth fighting for and working for.  This video will give you many reasons to advocate for it and demand it from your communities. 

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What is PANDAS? How Is It Different from Autism? | Blog | Autism Speaks

What is PANDAS? How Is It Different from Autism? | Blog | Autism Speaks | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
Answers from the experts about this little-known auto-immune disorder that can cause autism-like behaviors.
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PANDAS stands for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and is treatable with antibiotics.  Strep infections in some children trigger this autoimmune disorder and they develop symptoms such as the sudden onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or tics.  It can be more difficult to recognize in a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  It can also be mistaken for classic OCD and go untreated.

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CDC estimates 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder Latest snapshot shows proportion of children with autism and higher IQ on the rise | Press Release | CDC Online News...

CDC estimates 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder Latest snapshot shows proportion of children with autism and higher IQ on the rise | Press Release | CDC Online News... | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
CDC estimates 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder Latest snapshot shows proportion of children with autism and higher IQ on the rise
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According to the latest CDC report, the prevalence rate for an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children has climbed to 1 in 68.  That is roughly 30 percent higher than their previous estimate of 1 in 88 which was reported in 2012.  The data continue to show that an ASD is about five times more common among boys than girls with 1 in 42 boys being diagnosed versus 1 in 189 girls.  The only good news to report from this study is that almost half of children now identified with an ASD have average or above average intelligence (measured by IQ) as compared to a third of children ten years ago.  If you are a parent of a child diagnosed with an ASD, unfortunately you are a part of a growing population.  Although that may mean more support options and understanding from others affected, it may also mean your child and family could be waiting longer for access to services that are struggling to keep up with demand.

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Thinking Beyond Eye Contact Part Two - Forging New Pathways - RDIconnect

Thinking Beyond Eye Contact Part Two - Forging New Pathways - RDIconnect | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
This article appeared in the spring 2013 issue of Autism Spectrum Quarterly ( http://www.asquarterly...
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This article has some great small group activity ideas to help kids with an Autism Spectrum Disorder learn some nonverbal communication skills and social cognition skills through fun and playful games.   These games could be facilitated in a small peer group or play group setting.

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Parenting Special Needs Magazine January / February 2014

Parenting Special Needs Magazine January / February 2014 | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
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Just discovered this magazine for Parents of Special Needs Kids.  You can view it on-line through this link.  Great articles and specialty product ideas are inside that help you deal with real and current issues.  One of the unique products advertising in this issue is the SafetyTat; a temporary tattoo that has your mobile number on it to help kids get back to you who may wander off.    

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Study finds sensory disconnect in autistic children

Study finds sensory disconnect in autistic children | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Findings of a new study released Tuesday by Vanderbilt University researchers in The Journal of Neuroscience unveil cues as to why autistic children have communication problems and trouble...
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This news video shares the findings of a recent study at Vanderbilt University which showed that children with high functioning Autism had a greater sensory disconnect when processing visual and auditory stimuli then typically developing peers.  The continuation of this type of important research will hopefully suggest appropriate treatments in the future to retrain the brain to overcome this type of sensory disconnection.  Finally some validation of the sensory processing disorder components long thought to be comorbid with Autism!     

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The Top 10 Special Needs Apps from 2013

The Top 10 Special Needs Apps from 2013 | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
Over the last year, the Friendship Circle App Review has presented 300 special needs apps. Over that time, these apps have been rated and reviewed by users. Here is a list of the most  popular apps...
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Great apps that help parents or those on the Spectrum.

 

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Ask My Advocate - Untitled Album | Facebook

Ask My Advocate - Untitled Album | Facebook | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
Ask My Advocate assist students getting eligibility for Special Education under any qualifying disability putting together an IEP/504 plan that meets the...
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If you are hearing any of these red flags at your IEP meetings, you may want to have a knowledgeable advocate assisting you. 

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Visual Supports

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This website has lots of visual supports organized into categories that can be used to assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  The categories include: Holidays and Celebrations, Behavior and Emotions, Health and Personal Care, Home, School, Schedules, Work Systems, and Structured Tasks.   

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Free visual supports on a variety of topics/categories, including Holidays, from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism

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Breakthrough Study Reveals Biological Basis for Sensory Processing Disorders in Kids

Breakthrough Study Reveals Biological Basis for Sensory Processing Disorders in Kids | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
Sensory Processing Disorder Study: A 1st of its kind study shows biological basis for Sensory Processing Disorder.
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The first study in 2013 which supported a biological basis for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Sensory processing disorders (SPDs) have long been thought to be more prevalent in children with autism and have been recognized and treated by the field of Occupational Therapy for many years.   However, in the medical profession SPD had never been widely recognized as a diagnosable disease because of the lack of medical or biological proof.  This study finally opened the doors for SPD to be more widely debated as a medically diagnosable disease.   
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Major Medicaid Breakthrough Announced For Autism

Major Medicaid Breakthrough Announced For Autism | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2014) -- In a major victory for Medicaid coverage of autism, a federal agency has directed the states to cover medically necessary treatments for autism for children and y
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made it clear in a recent announcement that autism treatment must be addressed under Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) services which cover Medicaid-eligible children up to the age of 21.  This is a directive to states to cover medically necessary treatments for autism for children and young adults, including behavioral health treatments such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). It is estimated that one third of all children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) receive their primary coverage of health services through Medicaid.  So this federal announcement hopefully will make an impact for many children with an ASD in states that have denied coverage to these types of treatments in the past

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Genetic link to autism found, known as CHD8 mutation

Genetic link to autism found, known as CHD8 mutation | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
In a collaboration involving 13 institutions around the world, researchers have broken new ground in understanding what causes autism. This is the first time researchers have shown a definitive cause of autism to a genetic mutation. Previously identified genetic events like Fragile X, which account for a greater number of autism cases, are associated with other impairments, such as intellectual disability, more than autism.
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Results of this collaborative study "Disruptive CHD8 Mutations Define a Subtype of Autism in Early Development" are published in Cell magazine's July 3, 2014 issue.  According to this study a mutation in gene CHD8 leads to "a very strong likelihood that the individual will have autism marked by gastrointestinal disorders, a larger head and wide set eyes".

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Autism and GI Disorders: Largest-Ever Analysis Confirms Strong Link

Autism and GI Disorders: Largest-Ever Analysis Confirms Strong Link | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
The first meta-analysis of all published research on autism and gastrointestinal symptoms shows that GI disorders are four times more common among children with autism than among other children. The
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Does your child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder also have a gastrointestinal (GI) disorder?  According to a new report in the journal Pediatrics, GI disorders are four times more common among children with autism than among other children.

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Direct Evidence that Autism Starts During Prenatal Development

Update: Read our related Q&A with Autism Speaks neuroscientist Dan Smith here.





Researchers say they’ve found clear and direct evidence that autism begins during pre
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Research found abnormal patches in the brain tissue of children who had Autism.  These patches were located in each brain's frontal cortex which is responsible for communication and social abilities and the temporal cortex which is responsible for language.   However, no abnormal patches were found in the visual cortex which is responsible for visual perception.  This matches where common deficits are and are not found with Autism.  Since rewiring of the brain is thought to be possible with early intervention therapies, the outlook for those with Autism would also improve if research could also help us figure out which early intervention therapies best help rewire these abnormal patches or how to prevent them in the first place. 

 

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PASS - Parents Autism Social Support is now on Facebook.   If this is of interest to you please "like" PASS there to get this content. This is another way to help others learn and share about ASDs in a social way without overloading those who are not interested in this educational and informational content.

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Opening Ceremony Blog Exclusive - Spike Jonze Presents: Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma - YouTube

The other day, I was lucky enough to be at an event to bring the arts back into schools and got to see an amazing collaboration between Yo-Yo Ma and a young ...
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You could use this video and a simplified corresponding play activity as a way to teach coregulation to kids with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  According to psychologist Alan Fogel, coregulation is a "continuous unfolding of individual action that is susceptible to being continuously modified by the continuously changing actions of the partner."  Have them watch the video or at least part of it and then try to simplify and duplicate this idea in a play activity.  Have the therapist or a child play an instrument and have the other/s use their bodies to dance.  The goal is for the child to learn how to work with and respond to the changes others make.  Above all make it fun! 

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New Recommendations Guide Treatment For Those On The Spectrum - Disability Scoop

New Recommendations Guide Treatment For Those On The Spectrum - Disability Scoop | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
For the first time in 15 years, a major psychiatric organization is updating its practice guidelines for treating kids and adolescents with autism.
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These new practice guidelines seem to encourage more of a multidisciplinary approach which is good news for parents with a child on the spectrum.  The new recommended multidisciplinary approach includes: coordinating a full physical exam which includes genetic workup on those diagnosed with autism; helping families obtain appropriate educational, behavioral, communication and medical treatments for their child; taking an active role in long-term planning and providing support to parents and siblings; asking families about any use of alternative or complementary treatments and discussing the pros and cons of these approaches; and recommending that medications should be used judiciously to address specific symptoms or to treat co-existing conditions. 

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Feds To Fund Tracking Devices For Kids With Autism - Disability Scoop

Feds To Fund Tracking Devices For Kids With Autism - Disability Scoop | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
The Justice Department will make funding available immediately to provide free electronic tracking devices for kids with autism who are at risk of wandering.
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Due to recent Justice Department action, police departments can now apply for funding to provide free electronic tracking devices for kids with Autism who are at risk of wandering off.  If you are a parent of a child at risk, please contact your local police department to inquire about this and keep your child safe. 

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To Ease Transition, Adults With Autism Look To Dogs - Disability Scoop

To Ease Transition, Adults With Autism Look To Dogs - Disability Scoop | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
In an effort to teach job skills to young people with autism, a new program in Texas is turning to dogs.
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Many people with Autism who might struggle socially find it easier to develop a deeper connection with canines or dogs.   Capitalizing on this opportunity, the Austin Dog Alliance Program started offering classes called Student + Canines equals Opportunities for Rewarding Employment or S+CORE.  The classes are teaching students with Autism in transition how to care for and groom dogs to open future employment opportunities for them.   

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Promising New Israeli App Shatters the Silence of Autism | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

Promising New Israeli App Shatters the Silence of Autism | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com | PASS = Parents Autism Social Support | Scoop.it
A new Israeli application, the first of its kind in the world, is allowing people who cannot speak to communicate with people everywhere, Israeli daily Walla reported.
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A new app which uses symbols to communicate is now available and helping people with Autism who have difficulty communicating verbally.  For a short time you can get a free download and trail this app.

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Online vocational program debuts for developmentally disabled

Finding a job in this economy is hard enough, but for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, it can seem nearly impossible. Midwest Special Services, Inc. is working to change that.
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E-Trac is a first-of-a-kind online vocational program that is now available to 650 Minnesotans who have disabilities or who face obstacles to employment.  On-line employment training programs like E-Trac will become more common place as e-learning options become more of the norm of how we learn.


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