Posted by lightfoot on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 (08:03:55) By: Ivanhoe Newswire
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- This year, more than 24,000 children in the United States will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder an umbrella term for a variety of disorders including autism
New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that all children be screened for autism between 18 and 24 months of age. But how do parents know what to look for?
Posted by lightfoot on Friday, February 29, 2008 (09:52:27) By BETHANY A. ROMANEK
Upon entering the Augusta Levy Learning Center in August 2006, Logan Coffield used an electronic communication device in order to speak.
Diagnosed with autism at an early age, Logan's parents Amanda and Todd Coffield of Bethesda, Ohio wanted their child to live a normal life. They decided they would do everything in their power to assure Logan had the same opportunities as their other children.
Posted by lightfoot on Thursday, February 28, 2008 (01:49:34) By JENNIFER BOOTH REED
Last month, Laura O'Sullivan, a Florida Gulf Coast University professor turned therapist, opened Children's Autism Treatment Specialists where she hopes to give children skills to function in the everyday world.
Posted by lightfoot on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (19:22:50) A police force in the US is taking action to educate its members about autism and how to cope with the condition while on duty.
Officers located in Hillsborough, New Jersey are taking part in seminars and workshops to better prepare them for working with the 1,200 autistic people living in the town."We just heard of situation after situation (where police officers were involved in a situation with a special-needs child) that could have gone better," Gary Weitzen from Parents of Autistic Children told the Courier News.
Mother's antibodies tied to development of regressive autism: study
Posted by lightfoot on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (11:18:52) Scientists have identified a potential new cause of autism in children, by examining what happens in the womb before a baby is born.
Researchers at the Sacramento, California-based UC Davis MIND Institute and Center for Children's Environmental Health have found that in mothers of children with autism, antibodies in their blood bind with the brain cells of the fetus, possibly interfering with brain development and resulting in latent autism.
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