Autism in the News – 12.12.11
Autism boom: an epidemic of disease or of discovery? (The Los Angeles Times)
Autism rates have increased twentyfold in a generation, stirring parents’ deepest fears and prompting a search for answers. But what if the upsurge is not what it appears to be? Read more.
Autism researchers make exciting strides (East Lansing, Mich.)
Teaching young children with autism to imitate others may improve a broader range of social skills, according to a new study by a Michigan State University scholar. Read more.
His autistic son’s terrific memory helps him connect with others (The Washington Post)
My son Ezra was 4 or 5 when he began asking people their birthdays. At first it seemed like a typical child’s question. But then months later he would encounter acquaintances — or even whole families — and reel off the birth months with perfect recall as he pointed at each person. Read more.
How are States Addressing Autism? With Money, Training, and More (Education Week)
States are requiring new types of training for educators working with children who have autism, providing fresh sources of funding for private school vouchers for these students, and undertaking new studies to try to address the needs of children with autism, a recent review by the Education Commission of the States shows. Read more.
Christmas ideas for children who have autism (The Brownsville Herald)
With Christmas fast approaching, some of the parents from room 623 began asking the teacher for ideas on what to buy their children. Two students in particular had limited speech, Helen and Michael. At times, it became a challenge to find things of interest for them. The teacher usually did not advocate very many electronics for her students. However, in Helen and Michael’s case, she did an about turn. Read more.