Demand for Educational Resources for Children Outstrips Supply

For public school systems, the demand for special educational and treatment resources for children with autism often outpaces what is available. In the fourth report in his Autism Now series, Robert MacNeil looks at how two schools in the New York City area handle teaching children and teens with autism.

Vaccines Do Not Cause ASD

—Vaccines do not cause ASD https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/no-mmr-autism-link-large-study-vaccinated-vs-unvaccinated-kids

—Fraudulent research, lack of rigorous research, poor judgment by media, and lack of consumer awareness contributed to false connection between vaccines and ASD

—http://www.autismsciencefoundation.org/autismandvaccines.html

New Research Suggests Possibility of Common Underlying Biology in Children Who Develop Autism

As the U.S. government increases its estimate of the prevalence of autism to being one in every 68 children, scientists have announced new research that shows there may be a common disruption in parts of the brain essential to emotions, communication and social function, beginning during pregnancy. Judy Woodruff learns more from Eric Courchesne of University of California, San Diego.

1 in 45 Autism Prevalence Explained

Published on Nov 16, 2015

A new government survey of parents suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is notably higher than the official government estimate of 1 in 68 American children with autism, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because the new numbers come from a parent survey, they do not replace the CDC’s 1-in-68 figure as the official estimate of autism prevalence in the United States.

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Trouble and Bullies in School

This blogger shares some of her school experiences as an undiagnosed child with autism. It is quite heart breaking. We teachers can certainly make a difference if we understand , pay attention, and actively support children in these situations. This should never have happened to this person in the first place.

Anonymously Autistic

I was a smiley and happy girl before I started school.

I hated school when I was young. My body was made to be constantly in motion. Sitting still and paying attention to the teacher was difficult.

School was overwhelming. It was the first place I experienced sensory overload, and I had a hard time understanding my teachers in a classroom environment. The florescent lights gave me “headaches” and I had a hard time focusing because of all the “background noise”.

In first grade the other kids were learning how to read, but I taught myself to read at an early age.  The teacher wanted me to sit still, not distracting the class, but I had other ideas. I wanted to crawl around on the floor, hide under my desk, and spin in circles.

My teachers were not amused by my behavior and suggested my mother have me evaluated for…

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Author Explores Life on the Expanding Autism Spectrum

This is a segment shown on the PBS Newshour Jan. 19, 2016. It provides an excellent history of public awareness and understanding (and misunderstanding) of the causes of Autism. In a nutshell, the author believes that autism in its full spectrum has always been a disability within our population and is not something new caused by environmental toxins. The increases in numbers is due to a greater understanding of all the possible variations within the spectrum that has lead to greater identification. The video is eight minutes 13 seconds long and worth watching. I plan to check out his book as well.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/author-explores-life-on-the-expanding-autism-spectrum/#