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Autism in the News – 02.27.12

‘A place to shine’: Falmouth author shares advice for living with autism (Falmouth, Mass.)
When Lisa Jo Rudy decided to write a book on autism, she was following the age old advice, “Write what you know.” Read more.

Federal Appeals Court OKs Class Action Lawsuit for Families Denied Autism Therapy (Juvenile Justice)
Last week, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refused a petition from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan that would have overturned an earlier ruling allowing families denied certain autism therapy coverage to push forward with a class action lawsuit. Read more.

Building a special place for adults with autism (Philippines)
Very soon, a special place for special people will rise somewhere in Batangas. It will be the answer to the agony of parents with children with autism: who will take care of them when we are no longer around? Read more.

‘It’s Okay’ play to raise autism awareness (Marietta, W.Va.)
Sometimes, it can be a little difficult to relate to a child, or even an adult, suffering from the effects of autism. People with autism feel and perceive things differently, and it can lead to questions as to exactly how to interact with someone with the disorder. Read more.

Educators learn methods to teach autistic children (The Daily Cougar)
Families for Effective Autism Treatment hosted a workshop for individuals who have experience in working with children with developmental disabilities. Read more.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

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  1. February 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    “Rudy said although the most common form of autism therapy is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) she opted for another method.
    “The ABA recommendation is for 40 hours a week and it’s more about handing your child over to a therapist while you go to the grocery store,” she said.
    Rudy discovered the Greenspan Floortime Approach, developed by the late Stanley Greenspan, which focuses on parent and child interaction.”

    I am very disappointed that Lisa Jo Rudy would demean parents of autistic children who use ABA therapy, the most solidly evidence based intervention for autistic children, while promoting her new Autism book. I am also disappointed in Autism Speaks for helping her promote the above statements which differ very little from Bettleheims non evidence based, harmful “refrigerator mothers” fantasy.

  2. February 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Wow! I recently got my son Dalton, into one of the new and only ABA centers available in the panhandle of Florida, Spectrum House, mainly designed for military, but myself am a single mom with no military background, and a son with great potential and very little means. I keep him out of school every Monday to attend a 2 hour session of ABA. We went yesterday and I felt like I was dropping him off at the babysitters. We’re still fairly new to this, ABA, But i’d like to think I’m doing the right thing.

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