Autism in the News – Wednesday, 10.20.10
Miami Township Center Offers Help for Families Facing Autism (Miami Township, Ohio)
Chances are you know someone who has autism. Ten years ago, one out of 10,000 babies born were diagnosed with autism. Today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the prevalence of autism has risen to one in every 110 births in the United States; the rate for boys is higher, one in 70 births. According to the Autism Society, autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Read more.
Dogs Reduce Stress in Kids with Autism (My Health News Daily)
Specially trained service dogs may reduce stress in children with autism, according to a new study. The results showed children with an autism spectrum disorder experienced a decrease in levels of the stress hormone cortisol after a service dog was introduced into the family. Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a range of conditions in which kids have trouble communicating and interacting with others, and behave appropriately in social situations. Read more.
Autism rights rally set for tomorrow night (Staten Island, N.Y.)
Tomorrow night, the borough will “Stand Together for Autism Services on Staten Island.” An autism rights rally from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Michael J. Petrides School, Sunnyside, will formally kick-off an Island-wide initiative designed to give families the resources they need in dealing with the disease. Read more.
Grants from Community Foundation helps Appleton Area School District buy Apple iPod Touch devices for disabled children (Post Crescent)
Last school year, Sarah Hall began a tiny experiment using iPod touch technology to help students with autism disorders gain greater independence, communicate more effectively and function better in school. Read more.
Construction starts on preschool, offices (BlueRidgeNow)
Immaculata Catholic School and St. Gerard House held a ground-breaking blessing and ceremony Tuesday for a joint new building on Oakland Street to house two new preschools and administrative offices. Read more.