Autism in the News – 08.19.11
Will My Second Baby Have Autism, Too? (The Huffington Post)
A new study in Pediatrics says the recurrence risk of autism in younger siblings is higher than previously thought. Hardly comforting to autism families who want a second or third child and not surprising to me, mom of three daughters with autism. Read more.
Police take autistic boy to hospital in handcuffs (Denver, Colo.)
Seeing her 8-year-old son in handcuffs and being escorted by Denver Police into Children’s Hospital was a sight a mother wasn’t prepared to watch. Read more.
Mothers with infants invited to participate in autism studies (Wilton Bulletin)
Researchers at the University of Connecticut are looking for pregnant mothers and mothers with infants to participate in two research initiatives that will follow the development of infant siblings of children with autism over the first two years of life. These studies are being conducted by Deborah Fein, a UConn Board of Trustees distinguished professor of psychology and nationally recognized leader in autism research, and Anjana Bhat, an assistant professor in UConn’s Neag School of Education who studies developmental disorders in infants and children. Read more.
Slawik: Task Force Seeking to Improve Care for Children with Autism (Oakdale Patch)
Autism has quickly become a fast-growing serious developmental disability for children in the U.S. Autism now affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys, and in Minnesota, the rate is even higher. A recent study showed that in our state, one out of every 65 8-year olds is autistic, the highest in the nation. Read more.
Autistic Maple Grove boy wins battle for treatment coverage (Star Tribune)
A 4-year-old boy from Maple Grove has won his legal battle to force the state of Minnesota to cover his family’s expenses for an intensive form of autism treatment known as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Read more.