Dogs Proven Therapeutic for Children with Autism

As the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show wraps up in New York City, it has been difficult not to reminisce the many, many hours spent with our son watching dog show reruns on Animal Planet over the years. His affinity for animals (dogs in particular), has always been very strong and may have been [...]

Son of Jenny McCarthy Suffers Seizure, Sent to Emergency Room

It is estimated that between 25%-30% of those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder will suffer at least one seizure before the onset of puberty. Varying in degree and intensity, these incidents can be incredibly traumatic for parents to witness, particularly if it’s a first-time episode.  Unfortunately, on Sunday night, Jenny McCarthy’s son suffered one, [...]

Tiered Diplomas Abandoned in Rhode Island

Advocates for low-income, minority students and students with special needs, including the Rhode Island Disability Law Center and The Autism Project of Rhode Island scored a major victory in Providence last week when Education Commissioner Deborah Gist announced she would scrap a plan for a three-tiered high school diploma system tied to standardized test scores.  [...]

Flu Season Precautions for Children with Autism

Winter has been particularly harsh this year and in some areas, weather conditions have made the flu season difficult to contend with as Influenza cases are continuing to spread rapidly. The University of Wyoming reports widespread cases throughout the state and the school’s Student Health Services has been treating several patients per day with flu-like [...]

Autism Sunday and Autism Twitter Storm on February 13th

The International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome aka "Autism Sunday," will be observed this Sunday, February 13, 2011. The annual event, which was originally started in 2002 by UK residents Ivan and Charika Corea, has since grown into a worldwide phenomena and is observed on the second Sunday in February. Churches of [...]

Bill Gates Says Anti-Vaccination Groups “Kill Children”

In a recent one-on-one interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Bill Gates discussed his foundation’s $10 billion pledge over the next ten years to develop and deliver vaccinations to children worldwide. When the recent Andrew Wakefield scandal was brought up by Dr. Gupta, Gates re-affirmed the charge that Dr. Wakefield used fraudulent data for his [...]

Shock Treatment for Children with Autism?

According to the Washington Post,  Electroconvulsive Therapy Machines (ECT) will soon be required to undergo the same rigorous testing as other medical equipment currently on the market.  A 1974 law mandating the close scrutiny of new medical devices allowed ECT to be grandfathered in and escape scrutiny.  Now, this momentous decision will have far-reaching consequences [...]

Large Lawsuit Settlement Sets Poor Precedent

A federal judge in West Palm Beach, Florida has finalized a settlement, awarding a mother of a child with autism $427,000 for an incident that took place nearly three years ago, when her son was voted out of kindergarten by his classmates. In May of 2008, teacher Wendy Portillo brought Alex Barton to the front [...]

Update on Wrongful Death of Los Angeles Man with Autism

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a federal jury has awarded $1.7 million dollars to the parents of an autistic man killed by a Los Angeles police officer. Mohammed Usman Chaudhry was a Pakistani-American with high functioning autism whose keen interest in how people survive on the streets led to an encounter with Officer [...]

Video Games Used to Enhance Skills of Those with Autism

An eleven-year-old autistic boy in Edgewood, Washington with a keen interest for X-Box games, was recently labeled a ¨Cheater¨ by Microsoft for allegedly tampering with his account to boost his gaming scores.  This comes from a boy who didn’t play basketball because he believed taking the ball was stealing, so seeing the word ¨Cheater¨ beside [...]

 
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