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Autism in the News – 03.05.12

March 5, 2012 1 comment

‘Ground breaking’ new ministry caters to families with autistic children (Observer & Eccentric)
Karen and Paul Schmid know what it’s like to watch an autistic son struggle with sitting through a mass and they wonder about other families who avoid church altogether, because it’s just too hard. Read more. 

Toys R Us Helps Shine a Light for Autism Raise Awareness (BSC Kids)
Autism Speaks is an advocacy for autism and Toy “R” Us is having a fundraiser in its stores for two months for Autism Speaks. Donations will be collected at all Toys “R” Us , Babies “R” Us stores and online at Toys “R” Us.com from Thursday, March 1 through Monday, April 30 2012. Read more. 

‘Army’ helping autistic Plainfield boy afford dog (Plainfield, Conn.)
Alexander’s Army is on the march and won’t rest until it raises the $10,000 needed to buy a specially trained dog to help its young namesake cope with autism. Read more.

£1m donation to help Scottish scientists find autism cure (Scotland)
An IT tycoon turned philanthropist has donated £1 million to the University of Edinburgh to help scientists find a cure for autism. Read more. 

Autism walk’s cancellation doesn’t dampen support at West Palm Beach fund-raiser (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Gusty winds and fast-moving thunderstorms this morning forced organizers for Palm Beach Walk Now for Autism to cancel the event’s 3-mile walk along Flagler Drive, but the bad weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the 5,000 people who showed up to help raise money and awareness for the developmental disorder. 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.

Autism in the News – 03.02.12

‘Parent training’ may help kids with autism behave better (HealthDay News)
Children with autism often display challenging behaviors, but new research suggests that parents can learn to better handle tantrums and aggression, which may improve their child’s overall functioning. Read more. 

Grants Available for Autism Services (Penn Live)
Families with children and adults who cope with Autism Spectrum Disorder are eligible for mini-grant to help with the costs associated with the disorder, Rep. RoseMarie Swanger announced this week. Read more. 

Autism training for teachers clears hurdle (Roanoke, Va.)
A bill intended to require specialized training for teacher aides who work with autistic students barely made it out of a Senate committee Thursday after senators noticed the bill doesn’t provide funds for the training. Read more.

Autism groups to merge (StlToday.com)
The local nonprofit groups Life Skills for adults with developmental disabilities and TouchPoint Autism Services will merge their organizations as of July 1 to support a growing number of adults with autism. Read more.

State Senate Committee Hold Hearing for Autism Insurance Bill (My Fox Detroit)
t was standing room only as a state Senate committee heard testimony Thursday on a new bill that would mandate insurance coverage for autism treatment in Michigan. 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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Autism in the News – 03.01.12

SPOTLIGHT: Teachers of autistic students use iPads (Glen Gllyn, Ill.)
Teachers of students with autism say it’s the year of the iPad. It provides motivation. It helps with therapy and handwriting practice. It even models appropriate ways to share toys or take turns. Read more.

Autism, clean stream projects win fair (Muskogee Phoenix)
Winning exhibits at the Muskogee Regional Science & Engineering Fair could help people with autism communicate and help clean area streams. Read more. 

Autism Associates Comes to the Area (Perkiomen Valley)
Debbie Greenwald, Autism Specialist, Board Certified associate Behavior Analyst, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Certified Consultant, is the founder of Autism Associates – a program that provides services for families affected by autism and other neurological disorders. Read more.

Autism Speaks prepares for walk, 5K Sunday in West Palm Beach (Palm Beach Daily News)
Being connected has its benefits. When their then-2-year-old grandson Christian was diagnosed with autism in 2004, Bob and Suzanne Wright of Palm Beach and New York let their fingers do the walking. The developmental disease took their grandson’s ability to talk. Read more.

Autism coverage bill clears House (The Salt Lake Tribune)
A bill that would qualify hundreds of young children with autism for Medicaid coverage during a two-year pilot program passed easily through the House Wednesday on its way to the Senate. 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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Autism in the News – 02.29.12

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Teacher allegedly ordered boy with autism into cardboard box (Wildomar, Calif.)
A Riverside county teacher has been removed from her classroom after a mother complained to the school district about her child being ordered to go into a cardboard box. Read more.

Gluten-free, casein-free diet may help some children with autism (Medical Xpress)
A gluten-free, casein-free diet may lead to improvements in behavior and physiological symptoms in some children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to researchers at Penn State. The research is the first to use survey data from parents to document the effectiveness of a gluten-free, casein-free diet on children with ASD. Read more. 

Autism support group to reactivate in southern Ocean County (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.)
Families for Autistic Children Education & Support, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and support of children with autism and their families, will reactivate Sunday in a new location in southern Ocean County. Read more. 

Autism’s angel (The Quinnipiac Chronicle)
When Shannon Fitzmaurice left to study abroad in Rome, she tearfully said goodbye to her parents, and younger brother and sister, Brendan and Meghan. After excitedly counting down the days during winter break of her sophomore year at Quinnipiac, Fitzmaurice realized she would be without her siblings, also two of her best friends, for several months. Read more. 

Special-ed changes upset Riverside parent (The Now)
One Port Coquitlam mom is looking for answers about why her daughter has had nine different special education assistants (SEAs) this school year. 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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Autism in the News – 02.28.12

February 28, 2012 1 comment

Autism detected later in minority children: Study (CBS News)
Autism should be diagnosed as early as possible, but minority children tend to be diagnosed later than white children. New research is beginning to try to uncover why – and to raise awareness of the warning signs so more parents know they can seek help even for a toddler. Read more. 

Responding to Autism in an Emergency (Tolland Patch)
Family Autism Center program consultant and EMT Jason Dorval addressed a crucial emergency need at Tolland High School on Monday night: how first responders can most safely and effectively help citizens who have an autism spectrum disorder. Read more.

Teacher placed on leave in flap over autistic boy’s treatment (Los Angeles Times)
When Kim Rollins’ son asked for a pair of scissors to take to school a few weeks ago, she was heartened that the fourth-grader, diagnosed with an autism-related disorder, was excited by a class project. Read more.

Training Parents is Good Medicine for Children With Autism Behavior Problems (South Africa)
Children with autism spectrum disorders who also have serious behavioral problems responded better to medication combined with training for their parents than to treatment with medication alone, Yale researchers and their colleagues report in the February issue of Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Read more. 

Parent: Worcester teacher training on autistic kids falls short (Ocean City, Md.)
The Meyers family recently put their house in Berlin on the market and are readying for a move to the Baltimore area. 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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Autism in the News – 02.27.12

February 27, 2012 2 comments

‘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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Autism in the News – 02.24.12

February 24, 2012 1 comment

Change in definition of ‘autism’ has parents worried they’ll lose critical services (Hartford, Conn.)
When Caleb Geary was diagnosed with autism at age 3, he had never spoken or eaten solid food. Read more.

Autism Is Jim Calhoun’s Biggest Opponent (Hartford Courant)
Jim Calhoun, like many coaches, is superstitious. He might have a lucky tie or piece of jewelry he must wear to end a losing streak, or keep a winning streak going. Read more.

Boy’s art graces book on autism (Indy Star)
Noblesville Griffin Nickels, 15, is a freshman at Noblesville High School. He is autistic. He is also artistic. Read more. 

Autism Clean-Up Bill Passes House of Delegates (The State Journal)
Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder can breathe a little easier now that the West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill regarding insurance coverage for those children. Read more. 

Basic police work ignored in autistic patient’s suspicious death (News10)
Six days before he died, Van Ingraham was found on the floor of his room. His neck was broken and his spinal cord was crushed and disfigured. The injury was so severe, medical experts said it looked like he’d been put in a headlock or hanged. 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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