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Autism in the News – Wednesday, 09.08.10

Learning-Disabled Enrollment Dips After Long Climb (Education Week)
After decades of what seemed to be an inexorable upward path, the number of students classified as learning-disabled declined from year to year over much of the past decade­—a change in direction that is spurring debates among experts about the reasons why. Read more.

Bank to stage coffee morning to help children with autism (UK)
A cofee morning in aid of a charity for children with autism and their families will be held in Clitheroe on Tuesday. Read more.

The promise of genetics and autism (Psychology Today) 
This summer, the Autism Genome Project announced the discovery of several new genes that are implicated in autism. Their report is the culmination of a study that compared genetic data from 1,000 people with autism to a slightly larger number of non-autistic controls. The results are fascinating. Read more.

Helping Kids with Feeding Problems (Star Tribune)
When an infant or older child has difficulty with feeding, the whole family is affected, and fearful parents aren’t sure how to help. Speech-language pathologists work in teams with other professionals to help children with feeding disorders thrive by reducing their sensitivity to textures and teaching children how to chew and swallow. Read more.

Soft Clothing (ABC Local News)
Soft is a clothing line geared towards all children but specifically those with sensitivity to the texture and feel of clothing, a common symptom of Autism, Asperger’s, and Sensory Processing Disorder. Soft aims to provide comfort and style for all children. Read more.

  1. Katie Wright
    September 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I would just like to say how very disappointing it was that Autism Speaks did nothing to publicize today’s environmental science and autism workshop.
    I found out about it from Google Alerts not from AS.

    Environmental factors and possible toxic triggers are a hugely important topic to so many families. Our children live with the aftermath everyday. We saw the before and after autism, in all too many instances as the result of an environmental trigger factored into a genetic predisposition and = autism.

    To ask autism families to pay for these conferences but exclude them is so offensive. Why wasn’t this meeting open to the public? Even IACC allots 30 minutes for questions from families? Where were the parents? Only Lyn Redwood, one parent out of 20 something participants was allowed to serve on the panel.

    So many of the other participants seemed only marginally knowledgeable about autism and the federal reps, like Linda Birbaum, were almost unbearable in their arrogant statements and unsupported determination such as autism is totally prenatal in origin. So obnoxious. At so many intervals scientists were asking questions that so many parents could easily answer!

    Autism is not like many other diseases in which there has been rapid and meaningful breakthroughs. No, ASD continue skyrocket. The refusal of AS science to partner with their sponsors- the community of families astounds me. It is not as if things are going so well we should just stay out of it. Shame on AS science for making no effort at all to inform families about this conference- do us all a favor and try to remember why you are there and who funds the research.

    • Angela Moore
      September 9, 2010 at 8:52 am

      Thank you so much for that post. I had written before that the Science section has not been as informative as in the past. I am interested in the posts from different families and their experiences but it has become more of a blog spot than a source for real news. While I can share in the experiences of other families and share empathy for our collective situations, there are days I prefer to read about something promising.

      Step it up AS!

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