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now after its been in place and changed for a year This makes me go hmmmmm
Nearly a year after new diagnostic criteria for autism took effect, the National Institutes of Health is asking everyone from families to health experts to weigh in on the changes.
The NIH has issued a request for information urging stakeholders to speak up about implications they are seeing stemming from the revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
“In an effort to further align its research priorities with the needs of individuals with ASD and their families, the NIH is soliciting further input about the implications of changes in ASD diagnostic criteria for autism research, as well as input into the potential for research to inform concerns and questions related to clinical practice and policy,” the NIH said in the request.
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 A recently FDA-approved device has been shown to reduce seizures in patients with medication-resistant epilepsy by as much as 50 percent. When coupled with an innovative electrode placement planning system developed by physicians at Rush, the device facilitated the complete elimination of seizures in nearly half of the implanted Rush patients enrolled in the decade-long clinical trials. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140422162052.htm
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When mothers are exposed to trauma, illness, alcohol or other drug abuse, these stressors may activate a single molecular trigger in brain cells that can go awry and activate conditions such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and some forms of autism. Until now, it has been unclear how much these stressors have impacted the cells of a developing brain. Past studies have shown that when an expectant mother exposes herself to alcohol ...
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Brain Balance made a difference in this child's life
April is National Autism Awareness Month and it's a great time to help raise awareness of the challenges faced by children and parents everywhere. Special needs kids require a little extra help, and parents are always searching for the best possible chances of success.
All children on the autism spectrum are different. That makes it even more difficult to find the right help for each individual child.
Learn about Brain Balance
Lisa Ann Setchel knows all too well how difficult it is to manage autism. Her son, Aidan, has autism. But fortunately for Aidan and his mother, they have found a resource that has made a tremendous difference in their lives.
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The occurrence of autism makes the headlines and they report that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects 1 child in 68 children but they usually don't offer much in the way of understanding the statistics. The latest statistics are based on 2010 records of eight-year-old children who lived in eleven different states in the United States. The increase is about 30% higher than in 2008, 60% higher than in 2006 and 120% than estimates in 2000 and 2002.
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The findings, believed to the be the first to show a direct relationship between motor skills and autism severity, indicate that development of fine and gross motor skills should be included in treatment plans for young children with autism, said Megan MacDonald, an assistant professor in OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences.
"Recognizing those deficits really early gives us more time to help children catch up to their peers in regards to motor skill," said MacDonald, who is an expert on the movement skills of children with autism.
A relationship between motor skill deficiencies and the severity of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder has been found in very young children. The findings indicate that development of motor skills should be included in treatment plans for young children with autism. Most autism treatment plans for young children focus on social communication because the disability has such a significant effect in that area. Incorporating fine and gross moto...
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In a small study of rural parents who participated in a series of online tutorials and videoconferencing sessions, researchers found that they could help moms and dads substantially increase their knowledge of ABA and apply the techniques without forcing the families to make long drives to a clinic.
The finding could have particularly big implications for families living in remote communities that lack therapy offerings, researchers said.
“Autism spectrum disorders, now estimated to affect 1 in 68 children, are just as common in rural America, but ABA-trained professionals are rare,” said Linda Heitzman-Powell of the University of Kansas who worked on the study published in the journal Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.
Heitzman-Powell and her colleagues said the training method they developed — known as Online and Applied System for Intervention Skills, or OASIS — helped parents increase their knowledge of ABA strategies by an average of 39 percent. What’s more, parents who took part in the training improved their implementation of the strategies by 41 percent overall, researchers said.
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Older parents are more likely to have a child who develops an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than are younger parents. A recent study from researchers from the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia and Karolinska Institute in Sweden provides more insight into how the risk associated with parental age varies between mothers' and fathers' ages, and found that the risk of having a child with both ASD and intellectual disability is larger for older parents.
In the study, published in the February 2014 issue of the International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers report that fathers' and mothers advancing ages have different impacts on their child's risk. The rise in ASD risk with parental age was greater for older mothers as compared to older fathers.
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Robert Robinson and his mother Angie felt peace walking by the ocean on the Butze Rapids trail in Prince Rupert.
For the big 16-year-old — so severely autistic that he could not speak — the rainforest trail had become the only place he could be calm.
At home and at school he expressed his frustration — his distance from the world — by head-butting walls, head-butting people, pushing and punching his shy, loving, 100-pound single mother.
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Autistic teen who girls ' forced to perform sex acts on a dog' says he wants charges against his 'friends' DROPPED An autistic boy who allegedly endured months of abuse at the hands of two girls he called his friends said he wants the charges against them dropped.
Lauren Bush, 17, and another girl, 15, allegedly kicked the 16-year-old boy - a fellow classmate at Chopticon High School in Morganza, Maryland - in the groin, held a knife to his throat and tried to get him to have sex with his family's dog, all while they recorded him on their cell phones.
They also forced the boy to walk on a frozen lake, causing him to fall into freezing water several times while they did nothing to help, and on another occasion, they shaved off his eyebrows, according to records.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2609823/I-want-friends-Autistic-teen-kicked-groin-nearly-drowned-forced-perform-sex-acts-dog-says-wants-charges-against-2-friends-DROPPED.html#ixzz2zl8jkP81
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Lauren Bush, 17, (pictured) and another girl, 15, allegedly taunted the 16-year-old boy - a fellow classmate at Chopticon High School in Morganza, Maryland - for months.
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