Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Promising New Israeli App Shatters the Silence of Autism - Algemeiner









Promising New Israeli App Shatters the Silence of Autism

Algemeiner

The technological breakthrough was developed by Ophir Harel, a Project Manager at an Israeli high tech firm who is also the father of a 10 -year-old autistic child, named Adam, Walla reports. Harel created the application out of a profound sense of ...





Six Months Later, Girl With Autism Thrives With Trained Teachers - KUOW News and Information









Six Months Later, Girl With Autism Thrives With Trained Teachers

KUOW News and Information

Chloe Burton had a great year in kindergarten. Although she has autism, she had no problem learning in a general education classroom alongside her peers. But in first grade, things went downhill. Chloe wandered the classroom instead of finishing her work.





Kups for Kids raises $904 to help children with autism - ThisWeekNews









Kups for Kids raises $904 to help children with autism

ThisWeekNews

They were raising funds through the school's third annual Kups 4 Kids project to support the Grove City-based Stynchula Foundation, which has a mission of raising funds to support the treatment and research for children with autism. On Dec. 20, the ...





Support group offers local help for autism - Aiken Standard









Support group offers local help for autism

Aiken Standard

Submitted Photo Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum, right, star in the 2010 “Dear John” with autistic actor Braeden Reed. Phil Blevins, executive director of Charleston-based organization Carolina Autism, introduced Reed to filmmakers for the role of ...





Monday, December 30, 2013

Autism 2013: Communication Breakdown - Forbes









Autism 2013: Communication Breakdown

Forbes

A little over a year ago, I wrote in this space about what autistic people want from science. The list consisted of five items that addressed both deficits related to autism–sensory interventions and communication assistance–and quality-of-life factors ...





Mother of lost hiker looks to educate others about autism - KATU









Mother of lost hiker looks to educate others about autism

KATU

Jill knows there will be setbacks along the way, but she's optimistic that as more and more people learn about autism, they'll realize her son really isn't so different after all. "We have to make a decision on whether we bundle them up somewhere or do ...





Why 2013 represents a year of advances for children with autism and ASDs - Newswire (press release)









Why 2013 represents a year of advances for children with autism and ASDs

Newswire (press release)

Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI), a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts, reviews accomplishments of children with autism and ASDs as well as the company's own accomplishments in 2013.





CDC study says children with autism could be diagnosed earlier - Insight News








Insight News



CDC study says children with autism could be diagnosed earlier

Insight News

Washington, DC – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new project findings on the prevalence rate of 1 in 32 Somali children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Minneapolis. While the report says that Somali ...





27-year-old autism therapist charged with physical abuse of young child - fox6now.com









27-year-old autism therapist charged with physical abuse of young child

fox6now.com

Officials spoke with the child's mother, who said her child suffers from severe autism and had been receiving treatment through a company called Autism Intervention Milwaukee for several months. The child's mother told officials that she was advised by ...





Autism speaker series offers help - Daily News - Galveston County









Autism speaker series offers help

Daily News - Galveston County

CADD's speaker series is offered free for families, caregivers and teachers of children with autism spectrum disorders and is held monthly at the university's Student Services and Classroom Building first floor lecture hall, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in ...





Support group offers local help for autism - Aiken Standard









Support group offers local help for autism

Aiken Standard

Submitted Photo Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum, right, star in the 2010 “Dear John” with autistic actor Braeden Reed. Phil Blevins, executive director of Charleston-based organization Carolina Autism, introduced Reed to filmmakers for the role of ...





Sunday, December 29, 2013

New autism center first of its kind in area - Zanesville Times Recorder









New autism center first of its kind in area

Zanesville Times Recorder

Intervention Specialist Cheryl Coles works with Rylan Johnson, 4, at the Autistic Learning Center on Moxahala Avenue in Zanesville. Cassandra McDonald started the school to provide an alternative education to that offered in the public schools, or ...





Saturday, December 28, 2013

Naoki Higashida's 'The Reason I Jump': a mirror on autism - Pittsburgh Post Gazette









Naoki Higashida's 'The Reason I Jump': a mirror on autism

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Many times I have wished to be able to read the mind of my 10-year-old, minimally verbal, autistic son, and so I am squarely in the center of the target audience for "The Reason I Jump" by Naoki Higashida (translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell).





Embryo screening to reduce autism risk: it's not in the future. It's now - Left Brain Right Brain









Embryo screening to reduce autism risk: it's not in the future. It's now

Left Brain Right Brain

The concept of autism prevention through genetic screening, either in IVF or in selective abortions, has been a major ethical question with the push for genetics research in autism in the past decade. The first step in guiding our societies towards an ...





High-Risk Genes for Schizophrenia, Autism Linked to Cognitive Dysfunction - PsychCentral.com








PsychCentral.com



High-Risk Genes for Schizophrenia, Autism Linked to Cognitive Dysfunction

PsychCentral.com

High-Risk Genes for Schizophrenia, Autism Linked to Cognitive Dysfunction Individuals who carry high-risk genes for schizophrenia and autism, but who do not have these disorders, show subtle brain changes and impairments in cognitive function.





Best of Weekly Wrap: The Truth About the Autism Epidemic in 15 Minutes - Age of Autism









Best of Weekly Wrap: The Truth About the Autism Epidemic in 15 Minutes

Age of Autism

The autism epidemic is no exception, although the medical-industrial complex wants you to think so, and the mainstream media is only too happy to grant their wish (and scoop up their ad dollars). Autism is a mystery, it's genetic, but many genes, many ...





Marklund Announces Plan to Expand Autism School - Chicago Tribune









Marklund Announces Plan to Expand Autism School

Chicago Tribune

“We are very excited to announce the receipt of this grant which will allow us to expand our school's Life Skills program for students on the autism spectrum,” said Gilbert Fonger, president and CEO of Marklund. “Thanks to the generosity and foresight ...





Friday, December 27, 2013

Wish Book: Devices unlock world for autistic students - San Jose Mercury News









Wish Book: Devices unlock world for autistic students

San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE -- Giancarlo Aiuto wanted a snack. But without the verbal fluency to say it, the affable autistic man needed help. So, Aiuto, of Union City, pressed some buttons on a small, rectangular computer device. "Rice crackers," a robotic voice ...





Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Offering Autism-Friendly “Nutcracker” Performance - CBS Local









Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Offering Autism-Friendly “Nutcracker” Performance

CBS Local

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh is a leader in making its performing arts accessible for people with disabilities — whether it's a physical impairment, visual impairment, hearing impairment or a developmental disability. “The Lion King's” autism ...





Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Autism Checklist More Accurate, Says NIH - WebProNews









New Autism Checklist More Accurate, Says NIH

WebProNews

When it comes to autism, diagnostic speed is key. Treatments for the condition rely on early intervention therapies and the sooner in the life of a child with autism they begin, the better. This week a new study published in the journal Pediatrics has ...





Autistic adults deserve the care – and recognition – we all do - The Guardian








The Guardian



Autistic adults deserve the care – and recognition – we all do

The Guardian

Melissa, my younger sister, has Rett Syndrome. Rett is a neurological disorder that lies on the autism spectrum. People with Rett Syndrome are typically nonverbal, suffer from seizures and rely on others for daily care and basic needs. Melissa's fate ...





Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Foundation School for Autism in San Antonio - Austin American-Statesman









Foundation School for Autism in San Antonio

Austin American-Statesman

Rheatha Miller, left, is the Director of the Foundation School for Autism in San Antonio, a public charter school that serves 45 autistic children in Pre-K through second grade. She greets a potential parent and student Nichole Garza and her son Noah ...





Ballet helps autistic girl connect to the world around her - Toronto Star








Toronto Star



Ballet helps autistic girl connect to the world around her

Toronto Star

Spotting Clara dancing in the subway, a young woman approached Anderson, saying she studies the benefits of dance and movement for children with developmental challenges such as autism. The women exchanged numbers so they could chat further.





Groundbreaking in April for Ernie Els autism center near Jupiter - Palm Beach Post









Groundbreaking in April for Ernie Els autism center near Jupiter

Palm Beach Post

Groundbreaking for the $35 million Els Center of Excellence — two schools, a golf driving range, auditorium, athletic field, swimming pool and future areas for medical research — is planned for April and opening is scheduled for the 2015 school year.





Groundbreaking in April for Ernie Els autism center near Jupiter - Palm Beach Post









Groundbreaking in April for Ernie Els autism center near Jupiter

Palm Beach Post

Groundbreaking for the $35 million Els Center of Excellence — two schools, a golf driving range, auditorium, athletic field, swimming pool and future areas for medical research — is planned for April and opening is scheduled for the 2015 school year.





Samantha Meza: Autistic woman, 24, attending college; Mom cites 'full ... - WPTV








WPTV



Samantha Meza: Autistic woman, 24, attending college; Mom cites 'full ...

WPTV

It's just what mom, Rita Meza, decided 20 years ago when her daughter, Samantha, was diagnosed with autism. "Understanding what autism was and how her brain functioned, that really was they key for our family to kind of be able to do things together as ...





Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Synaesthesia is more common in autism - The Almagest








The Almagest



Synaesthesia is more common in autism

The Almagest

People with autism are more likely to also have synaesthesia, suggests new research in the journal Molecular Autism. Synaesthesia involves people experiencing a 'mixing of the senses', for example, seeing colours when they hear sounds, or reporting ...





Four Young Adults with Autism Join Crew of AMERICAN HUSTLE to Learn ... - Broadway World









Four Young Adults with Autism Join Crew of AMERICAN HUSTLE to Learn ...

Broadway World

As part of their training at Exceptional Minds digital arts academy - a nonprofit vocational school for young adults with autism who are preparing for careers in post-production and the digital arts - three young men and one young woman with high ...





Kids can get education they need at Arizona Autism Charter Schools - ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)








ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)



Kids can get education they need at Arizona Autism Charter Schools

ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)

So Diana made it her mission to find her son the very best schooling possible, but what she found was a real lack in what her son and others with autism really need. She then decided to open her own school, Arizona Autism Charter Schools, Inc. While ...





Sensory sensitive events give autistic children a chance to meet Santa - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com









Sensory sensitive events give autistic children a chance to meet Santa

The Star-Ledger - NJ.com

The event, earlier this month at the Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Activity Center in Bridgewater, was a sensory-friendly photo op with Santa designed specifically for children with autism or other developmental disorders.





Izzy Maternity on runway for autism - NorthFulton.com









Izzy Maternity on runway for autism

NorthFulton.com

Marcus Autism Center is an Autism Center of Excellence, and one of the nation's leading centers for clinical care and research centers for autism and related disorders, treating more than 5,000 children a year. It has one of the largest teams of ...





Monday, December 23, 2013

Autism brains are overly connected, studies find - SFARI News









Autism brains are overly connected, studies find

SFARI News

Overly connected: Many pairs of brain regions — including those involved in sensory processing, emotion and motivation — are more tightly synchronized in children with autism (right) than in controls (left). Three studies published over the past two ...





Autistic activists out to change assumptions about disorder - Los Angeles Times









Autistic activists out to change assumptions about disorder

Los Angeles Times

Diagnosed with autism when he was a child, Kedar — now 17 and a junior at Canoga Park High School — refuses to be defined by his disorder and joins a number of other autistic activists who are out to redefine popular assumptions about intelligence ...





Autism center names new clinical director - KOAM-TV









Autism center names new clinical director

KOAM-TV

JOPLIN, Mo.—Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism proudly announces its new clinical director, Kristy Parker. A board-certified behavior analyst, Parker joined Freeman in 2011. As clinical director, she serves on the Autism Diagnostic Team and ...





Never forget a face? Scientists unlock genetics that cause autism sufferers ... - The Independent








The Independent



Never forget a face? Scientists unlock genetics that cause autism sufferers ...

The Independent

The study was carried out on nearly 200 families with an autistic child as part of research into genetic influences on the childhood disorder, which is linked with an inability to recognise faces as part of normal development. However, the scientists ...





Single mother looking for a job and raising two with autism - The Mercury









Single mother looking for a job and raising two with autism

The Mercury

Andrea's son Nick wants some Christmas presents that go a little beyond the toy train set or football you hear kids asking for in traditional Christmas stories. “He wants like a slime mold growing kit,” Andrea said. “And a mushroom growing kit.” Nick ...





Natalie Palumbo: Honored for Autism Advocacy - Age of Autism









Natalie Palumbo: Honored for Autism Advocacy

Age of Autism

Her older brother Anthony has low-verbal autism. As a sibling of an individual with autism, Natalie takes very seriously a responsibility to care for her brother over his lifespan and she is a natural advocate for autism. Natalie currently serves as ...





A better approach to diagnosing autism - Medical Xpress









A better approach to diagnosing autism

Medical Xpress

As the number of children with autism increases nationwide, the need for effective and consistent clinical diagnosis is growing. A statewide committee recently published new guidelines designed to ensure health professionals, educators, parents, and ...





Dance speaks in CSMA's Artistic Intelligence autism program - Los Altos Town Crier









Dance speaks in CSMA's Artistic Intelligence autism program

Los Altos Town Crier

Giancarlo, a student from the Morgan Autism Center, flies through a dance challenge at the Community School of Music and Arts' Artistic Intelligence program. Teacher Ehud Krauss pairs movement, rhythm and beat with game play and group sequences.





Saturday, December 21, 2013

In the 'silent prison' of autism, Ido Kedar speaks out - Los Angeles Times









In the 'silent prison' of autism, Ido Kedar speaks out

Los Angeles Times

The book — part memoir, part protest — has made him a celebrity in the autism world, a young activist eager to defy popular assumptions about a disorder that is often associated with mental deficiency. He hopes that the world will one day recognize ...





Chennai: With autism on the rise in India, Applied Behaviour Analysis brings hope - NDTV








NDTV



Chennai: With autism on the rise in India, Applied Behaviour Analysis brings hope

NDTV

Chennai: At a hotel in Chennai, parents of autistic children are busy taking lessons on a new child-friendly teaching methodology. The Applied Behaviour Analysis, ABA as it's called, is internationally known for shaping behaviour and developing ...