Autism in the News – Tuesday, 10.16.10
For Teens With Autism, Handwriting Problems May Persist (HealthDay)
Poor handwriting among children with autism tends to persist well into the teen years, a new study finds. Read more.
Children with autism get help from therapy dogs (NEXT)
Shadow, a black Labrador retriever, knows how to interact with people without overreacting to them – a necessity for a well-trained therapy dog, said her owner and handler, Ani Shaker. Considered “bombproof,” meaning she will remain calm in nearly any situation, Shadow, and Shaker, volunteer at the Anderson Center for Autism in Staatsburg, N.Y., in the Hudson Valley north of New York City. Read more.
Autism Assisted Living Center Sparks Debate in Milton (11 Alive)
A city council meeting Monday night became the center of a hot-button debate about the treatment of those with autism. Read more.
Children with autism practice traveling on ‘mock’ flights (Philadelphia Inquirer)
At 8 p.m. Saturday, Southwest Airlines Flight 2149 was poised to push back from the gate. Flight attendants gave fasten-seat-belt instructions, and First Officer Peter Hayes announced, “There’s 25 minutes of flight time until we touch down in Philadelphia.” Read more.
Alberta needs strategy for autism (Canada)
The figures for autism can be startling and its impact is unprecedented. Current precedence figures for autism identify that around one per cent of the population have a condition somewhere on the autistic spectrum. By applying the one in 100 figure, it can be estimated that more than 19,000 people in Alberta have autism. Together with their families, they make up over 57,000 people whose lives are directly touched by autism every day. Read more.