Largely nonverbal man has amazing singing voice
Read the story about this young man with autism who has perfect pitch. Then buy his song on iTunes. Proceeds go to National Autistic Society on April 2nd.
Staggering increase of ADHD diagnoses in one decade
Children diagnosed with ADHD has increased by 66% over the past 10 years. What is going on?
Deaf student 'speechless' after Obama responds using ASL
A deaf college student talks about how wowed he was that President Obama understood and responded to him in sign language.
Autism Speaks, big pharma teaming up for autism drugs
In the largest single autism research investment ever, academics, advocates and drugmakers are teaming up in an effort to develop medications to treat autism.
Autism moms earn less than regular moms
Assistive technology in action!
Newborn screening for Duchenne MD shows promise
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April is autism month or World Autism Day on April 2nd according to the United Nations. This month our Special Needs News issue is dedicated to autism resources to help you at home, school and the community.
These days it's hard to find someone that hasn't heard of autism. However, their understanding varies or is guided by the one chiid with autism they met. Here are some helpful resources on explaining autism to family, autism disability awareness and an overview of autism spectrum disorder.
Autism at home
So many questions about handling autism behaviors at home. Hope we can point you in the right direction. Here are resources on autism parenting, newly diagnosed and looking for direction, autism toilet training, autism and travel and visual systems.
Autism at school
Here are many articles and support on autism school issues, classroom accommodations, bullying, autism teacher resources, explaining autism to teachers, understanding school rules and social skills in the classroom.
Autism in the community
Our children need extra support when going out in the community. Here are visuals, articles and strategies for going on an airplane, going on an elevator, going to a funeral, going to a restaurant, going to the dentist, going to the doctor, going for a haircut and using a public restroom.
We are poking fun at and highlighting the greater issue of the upcoming revision to the DSM. The new criteria plans to get rid of Asperger syndrome and PDD-Nos and creates stricter guidelines for diagnosing autism spectrum disorder.
Critics point out that by looking at previous diagnoses under this new criteria, up to 80% of children with asperger's, PDD-Nos and high functioning autism would not be diagnosed as having an ASD. Newly diagnosed children under DSM-5 may not receive the same school and insurance services under the proposed social communication disorder as they would under autism spectrum disorder.
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