Autism in the News – Friday, 11.12.10
Testing Autism Drugs in Human Brain Cells (Technology Review)
Autism is a highly complex disorder affecting one in every 110 children born in the United States. The disease’s genetic profile and behavioral symptoms fluctuate widely from case to case, and this variability has frustrated scientists’ efforts to identify effective treatments. A new study suggests that autism could eventually be a target for personalized treatment, targeted to a patient’s own neurons. Read more.
Child with autism connects with Kinect (msnbc.com)
John Yan reviews games for a site called Gaming Nexus, so despite his initial lack of enthusiasm in the Xbox 360 Kinect motion controller, he knew he’d have to buy one when they came out. After all, it wouldn’t be fair to dump all the Kinect reviews on his fellow writer, Chuck. Read more.
Parents say autistic boy was hurt at school (West Philadelphia, Penn.)
When Isaiah Hart, a first-grader with autism, came home from school Oct. 25 with a knot on his head and scratches around his neck, he told his parents that his teacher did it. Read more.
New Program for Students with Autism Reports Success (LaGrange, Ill.)
Staff of the Connections Program, for students with moderate to severe autism, reported at theLa Grange School District 102 Board of Education meeting Thursday on some of the challenges their students face, on several teaching methods and on success stories from the initiative, which is new this year. Read more.
Families affected by autism rally for support (Pocono Record)
At sell-out national autism conferences this year, the star has been Temple Grandin, Ph.D., an author and animal scientist. A recent HBO movie about her life was an Emmy winner, and she landed on Time magazine’s list of this year’s most influential people. Here’s how Grandin and others are pushing the dark mystery of autism into the spotlight to get early help for children. Read more.