Friday, November 30, 2012

Wish Book: At Pacific Autism Center, music therapy introduces students to a ... - San Jose Mercury News









Wish Book: At Pacific Autism Center, music therapy introduces students to a ...

San Jose Mercury News

A lanky 20-year-old with big soulful eyes, Kevin is seated at a piano in the multipurpose room at the Pacific Autism Center for Education in Santa Clara. He leans toward his music therapist, seated beside him, so they are shoulder to shoulder, and ...





Severity of Autism Linked to Rigid Fearfulness - PsychCentral.com








PsychCentral.com



Severity of Autism Linked to Rigid Fearfulness

PsychCentral.com

“People with autism likely don't experience or understand their world in the same way we do,” said Mikle South, Ph.D., a psychology professor at Brigham Young University and lead author of the study. “Since they can't change the rules in their brain ...





Autism's Invisible Victims: The Siblings - TIME








TIME



Autism's Invisible Victims: The Siblings

TIME

One in eighty-eight American children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier this week, Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform held a ...





Landmark Autism Hearing: "The Troops Have Landed on Normandy Beach" - Age of Autism









Landmark Autism Hearing: "The Troops Have Landed on Normandy Beach"

Age of Autism

Thursday's hearing before the House oversight committee (view the autism hearing here) will surely be remembered as a landmark. By the end of the day, the government spokesmen from the NIH and the CDC seemed to be the ones people were looking at ...





Events help autistic children, families enjoy Christmas - Waco Tribune-Herald









Events help autistic children, families enjoy Christmas

Waco Tribune-Herald

The bright lights, boisterous sounds and once-a-year traditions of Christmas are part of what make the holiday special. But for children with autism, the sensory overload can be overwhelming to the point where it makes celebrations stressful or even ...





Thursday, November 29, 2012

Death at School: Parents Protest Dangerous Discipline for Autistic, Disabled Kids - ABC News








ABC News



Death at School: Parents Protest Dangerous Discipline for Autistic, Disabled Kids

ABC News

Thousands of autistic and disabled schoolchildren have been injured and dozens have died after being restrained by poorly trained teachers and school aides who tried to subdue them using at times unduly harsh techniques, an ABC News investigation has ...





Autism, disabilities, and the kindness of community - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)








San Francisco Chronicle (blog)



Autism, disabilities, and the kindness of community

San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

My son Matthew and I are regulars at C & L Lawnmower and Garden Equipment Repair in Walnut Creek. Matthew does garden work not only at Camphill Communities near Santa Cruz where he lives, but for a growing list of neighbors and friends, and ...





Autism severity may stem from fear - ScienceBlog.com (blog)









Autism severity may stem from fear

ScienceBlog.com (blog)

But new research on autism shows that children with the diagnosis struggle to let go of old, outdated fears. Even more significantly, the Brigham Young University study found that this rigid fearfulness is linked to the severity of classic symptoms of ...





Autism severity may stem from fear - Medical Xpress









Autism severity may stem from fear

Medical Xpress

But new research on autism shows that children with the diagnosis struggle to let go of old, outdated fears. Even more significantly, the Brigham Young University study found that this rigid fearfulness is linked to the severity of classic symptoms of ...





Autism Risk May Be Revealed in Babies' Cries - Yahoo! News (blog)









Autism Risk May Be Revealed in Babies' Cries

Yahoo! News (blog)

A computer-aided analysis showed the cries of babies at heightened risk for autism were higher and more variable in pitch than those of babies not at heightened risk for autism, the researchers said. This result was only true when the cries were caused ...





Robots teach communication to kids with autism - NBCNews.com








NBCNews.com



Robots teach communication to kids with autism

NBCNews.com

The learning tools, made by French company Aldebaran Robotics, are being used to teach children with autism about the subtleties of human communication and emotion and to bring them out of their shells in the classroom. NBC's Michelle Kosinski reports.





Scavenger hunt on Boardwalk will aid autism group; research - The Virginian-Pilot









Scavenger hunt on Boardwalk will aid autism group; research

The Virginian-Pilot

OCEANFRONT. Participants in the Great Mouse Hunt for Autism won't find any clues to understanding autism during the scavenger hunt, but the event may provide an additional piece of the puzzle toward a cure. The Great Mouse Hunt for Autism is planned ...





The Autism Advantage - New York Times








New York Times



The Autism Advantage

New York Times

When Thorkil Sonne and his wife, Annette, learned that their 3-year-old son, Lars, had autism, they did what any parent who has faith in reason and research would do: They started reading. At first they were relieved that so much was written on the topic.





Technology for Autism Now Awarded $50000 TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation ... - Patch.com









Technology for Autism Now Awarded $50000 TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation ...

Patch.com

Technology for Autism Now or TAN sought support from the TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation to assist with their vision of creating a suite of mobile applications that will support the specific deficits that children with autism experience. TAN was ...





Students bolster autism efforts - DeSoto Times Today









Students bolster autism efforts

DeSoto Times Today

HERNANDO — Literally like a bolt out of the blue, the 105 students in the Hernando High School Rotary Club Interact Club decided they wanted to do something to bring awareness to autism, a behavioral disorder which affects one out of every 100 children.





Rutherford couple promotes CD to fund autistic child's Brain Balance program - NorthJersey.com








NorthJersey.com



Rutherford couple promotes CD to fund autistic child's Brain Balance program

NorthJersey.com

Alexi Cioffi, 6, is a good speller, but can barely grasp reading comprehension. She has trouble understanding concepts, but knows the concept of love. She needs lots of repetition in order to learn key academic skills. Her challenges, like those of ...





Professor uses virtual avatars to study autism - RU Daily Targum









Professor uses virtual avatars to study autism

RU Daily Targum

Torres, who started the study in May, uses software that tracks motion to show how body movement can tell doctors information about autism treatment and diagnosis. Dimitris Metaxas, a professor in the Department of Computer Science, designed the ...





Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Autism May Be Linked to Air Pollution: Study - NBC New York









Autism May Be Linked to Air Pollution: Study

NBC New York

The study from the Keck School of Medicine at USC shows children whose mothers lived in areas with high levels of pollution from traffic are twice as likely to develop autism, NBC Southern California reported. "This does not say that pollution causes ...





Dachel Media Update: Autism Hearings, Pollution and Vaccines - Age of Autism









Dachel Media Update: Autism Hearings, Pollution and Vaccines

Age of Autism

“But while Burton requested the hearing and expects to preside over part of it, the testimony lined up by the Oversight panel is expected to take a wider look at the autism spectrum rather than zeroing in on the controversy over vaccines. In an ...





After starting programs for autistic students, Lisle Library worker is honored ... - Suburban Life Publications









After starting programs for autistic students, Lisle Library worker is honored ...

Suburban Life Publications

Rakowski said making sure children with autism and other developmental issues feel like they're part of the library is one of her primary goals. “The library is about more than books, it's about community engagement and making them feel like they're ...





Barnegat Police Begin Autism Awareness Training - The SandPaper









Barnegat Police Begin Autism Awareness Training

The SandPaper

The Barnegat Police Department is receiving special training to help officers identify autistic individuals and how to best interact and effectively assist them. The initiative, known as Autism Shield, was developed and being provided by the New Jersey ...





Air Pollution May Raise Risk for Autism - PsychCentral.com








PsychCentral.com



Air Pollution May Raise Risk for Autism

PsychCentral.com

Approximately one in 88 U.S. children will develop an autism spectrum disorder, which is characterized by significant social, communication and behavioral difficulties. Although there is no one cause or cure for the disorder, scientists say genetic ...





READER SUBMITTED: Autism Happens Awards $600 To Enfield Public Library - Hartford Courant









READER SUBMITTED: Autism Happens Awards $600 To Enfield Public Library

Hartford Courant

Autism Happens awarded $600 to the Enfield Public Library on Nov. 20 for the purchase of a new book collection, with topics ranging from special diets for those with Autism to social issues for teens on the spectrum, to stories for children about ...





Skyrocketing autism rates linked to air pollution - Examiner.com









Skyrocketing autism rates linked to air pollution

Examiner.com

Yesterday the Archives of General Psychology published, in its online archive, a study that found exposure to air-pollution during pregnancy and during the first year of life is associated with autism. The retrospective study used data obtained about ...





Air Pollution Linked To Autism - CleanTechnica









Air Pollution Linked To Autism

CleanTechnica

Without a doubt, autism is receiving more and more scientific and popular attention as we move further into the 21st century. A new study has added to our knowledgebase by showing that various sources of air pollution are associated with autism.





Autism and traffic pollution: What is the link? - eMaxHealth









Autism and traffic pollution: What is the link?

eMaxHealth

Researchers have been trying to understand the causes of autism. Results of a new finding published in the journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggests one contributor might be exposure to traffic pollution before birth and in the first ...





Can a Baby's Cry Be a Clue to Autism? - TIME








TIME



Can a Baby's Cry Be a Clue to Autism?

TIME

Researchers have analyzed brain scans and eye movements as harbingers of autism. Now they're listening to babies' cries. Scientists at Brown University think it's possible that infants' early cries might provide a clue to whether they're at risk of ...





5 Caveats About The Autism And Air Pollution Study - Forbes









5 Caveats About The Autism And Air Pollution Study

Forbes

Air pollution levels within a certain range during a woman's pregnancy and her baby's early months are linked to an increased risk for autism! The news stories covering this latest “X linked to Autism study” often include commentary only from the ...





Autism Linked to Air Pollution - Discovery News









Autism Linked to Air Pollution

Discovery News

In the newest of several recent studies on air pollution and autism, researchers found that children with the greatest exposure to particulate matter had a doubled risk of autism. "We're not saying that air pollution causes autism. We're saying it may ...





Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Autism Subcommittee Making Final Edits for 2012 Strategic Plan - Youth Today









Autism Subcommittee Making Final Edits for 2012 Strategic Plan

Youth Today

Tuesday, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee's (IACC) Subcommittee for Services Research and Policy held a teleconference to address several alterations to the organization's 2012 Strategic Plan, primarily focusing on services and lifespan ...





Car pollution linked to autism - Fox News









Car pollution linked to autism

Fox News

In the study, children living in areas with high levels of traffic-generated air pollution during their first year of life were three times more likely to have autism than children living in areas with low levels. There was also a link between exposure ...





Scientists Use Crowdfunding To Raise Funds And Awareness For Autism ... - RedOrbit








RedOrbit



Scientists Use Crowdfunding To Raise Funds And Awareness For Autism ...

RedOrbit

Three groups of researchers from universities across the country are utilizing this innovative online platform to raise both money and awareness for autism research. Crowdfunding an autism research project gives donors the opportunity to both support ...





Whoa, scientists just reversed autism symptoms in mice - io9









Whoa, scientists just reversed autism symptoms in mice

io9

Whoa, scientists just reversed autism symptoms in mice A team of researchers at McGill University in Montreal announced that they've successfully reversed the symptoms of autism in mice. By restoring the production of a critical neural protein (which ...





Study links traffic pollution exposure to autism - The Seattle Times









Study links traffic pollution exposure to autism

The Seattle Times

"Our work on autism is a piece of a great body of research on pollution as a health risk factor," said Heather Volk, the lead researcher and assistant professor from the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California. "We've known for a ...





Study links autism with pollution from autos - Kennebec Journal









Study links autism with pollution from autos

Kennebec Journal

The cause of autism is unknown, though genetic factors are probably important, according to the National Institutes of Health. Among other environmental causes that have been suspected are diet, digestive tract changes, mercury poisoning and vaccine ...





'Far From the Tree' and the Literature of Autism - New York Times (blog)









'Far From the Tree' and the Literature of Autism

New York Times (blog)

There will be plenty of reminders of this fact, too. A decade ago, after Jonah's diagnosis, I was bombarded with book recommendations from friends and strangers alike. (An autism diagnosis should come with a library card.) So I bought or borrowed ...





Bowling for Autism awareness - The Stylus









Bowling for Autism awareness

The Stylus

The Autism Speaks U (ASU) club bowled a strike at their most recent fundraiser, no-tap style. The ASU at the College at Brockport No-Tap for Autism bowling tournament was able to raise $2,176 with 250 people attending the event throughout the day. No ...





Air pollution may be factor in autism, researchers report - Salt Lake Tribune









Air pollution may be factor in autism, researchers report

Salt Lake Tribune

"Our work on autism is a piece of a great body of research on pollution as a health risk factor," said Heather Volk, the lead researcher and assistant professor from the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California. "We've known for a ...





'RHONJ' Jacqueline Laurita wants to hang with autism experts - Examiner.com








Examiner.com



'RHONJ' Jacqueline Laurita wants to hang with autism experts

Examiner.com

“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Jacqueline Laurita announced last season that her son had been diagnosed with autism, which has given her a huge platform for awareness. Rather than getting caught up in the drama, Jacqueline has been ...