Day: June 15, 2017

Chron.com: Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill licensing autism treatment specialists

Chron.com: Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill licensing autism treatment specialists

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Behavior analyst Holly Bihler works with Micah Rajan, a 4-year-old autism patient, at Texana Center, which supports measures requiring license for analysts. 

Behavior analyst Holly Bihler works with Micah Rajan, a 4-year-old autism patient, at Texana Center, which supports measures requiring license for analysts. 

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Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill licensing autism

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Herald.ng: GTBank holds 7th Annual Autism Program

Herald.ng: GTBank holds 7th Annual Autism Program

Foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, is set to hold the 7th edition of its Annual Autism Conference. The two-day conference, which is free and open to the general public, will hold on the 13th and 14th of July 2017 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.This year’s conference, themed “Childhood to Adulthood: Communication and Social Development”, will create conversations and develop resources which address the dynamic needs of people living with Autism right

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Mirrorspectator.com: 'My Way' Is Helping Children with Autism in Armenia

Mirrorspectator.com: 'My Way' Is Helping Children with Autism in Armenia

Rita Sargsyan, left, with Berj Setrakian at My Way

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

Special to the Mirror-Spectator

YEREVAN — It was not the atmosphere we expected to find in a center for youngsters with autism: laughter rang out of one room where children were busily painting, while piano music sounded in another room, where two young lads were performing a duet. Playing from memory without scores, they were fully concentrated, absorbed in producing the strong rhythms.

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Eurekalert.org: Massachusetts General researchers explore why those with autism avoid eye contact

Eurekalert.org: Massachusetts General researchers explore why those with autism avoid eye contact

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often find it difficult to look others in the eyes. This avoidance has typically been interpreted as a sign of social and personal indifference, but reports from people with autism suggests otherwise. Many say that looking others in the eye is uncomfortable or stressful for them – some will even say that “it burns” – all of which points to a neurological cause. Now, a team of investigators

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Azcentral.com: Does 'Curious Incident' at Gammage get autism right?

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Adam Langdon stars in the U.S. tour of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” the winner of five Tony Awards in 2015.(Photo: Joan Marcus)

There are a lot of reasons to see the Tony Award-winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” But is insight into the lives of people with autism one of them?

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Medicalxpress.com: Researchers explore why those with autism avoid eye contact

Medicalxpress.com: Researchers explore why those with autism avoid eye contact

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Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often find it difficult to look others in the eyes. This avoidance has typically been interpreted as a sign of social and personal indifference, but reports from people with autism suggests otherwise. Many say that looking others in the eye is uncomfortable or stressful for them – some will even say that “it burns” – all of which points to a neurological cause. Now,

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Perfscience.com: Fever during pregnancy increases autism risk among kids: Study

Perfscience.com: Fever during pregnancy increases autism risk among kids: Study

A new study has suggested that when a pregnant woman suffers from any type of fever during pregnancy, the child has higher odds of developing an autism spectrum disorder.

A team of researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health also found in the study that pregnant women who suffer fever particularly in the second trimester are more likely to have a baby with autism.

The researchers reached the conclusion after observing 95,754 Norwegian

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Newsday.com: Julia, new 'Sesame Street' puppet on autism spectrum, to be featured at Long Island reading

Julia, the new “Sesame Street” puppet who is on the autism spectrum, will be featured in doll form at a reading of the book “We’re Amazing 1, 2, 3” during a movement therapy and story time at 4:30 p.m. today, at The Center for Integrative & Innovative Therapies in Plainview.

The free event is open to kids on the spectrum along with siblings, peers and friends. R.S.V.P. requested at 516-243-8660. The center is at 131

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Wtop.com: Va. father, autistic son share Hollywood dream

Wtop.com: Va. father, autistic son share Hollywood dream

WASHINGTON — All parents hope to help make their children’s dreams come true — few have a more compelling story than Coy Barefoot, and his son, Whitman.

Coy Barefoot is a noted Jefferson scholar and the editor of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia, whose observations about life in the Charlottesville, Virginia, area are a fixture on television, radio, social media and the web.

He’s also a single dad, with

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Courant.com: Ceremony Postponed After Vandals Damage Autism Sensory Garden

Courant.com: Ceremony Postponed After Vandals Damage Autism Sensory Garden

GUILFORD — A ribbon cutting ceremony for an autism sensory garden in Connecticut has been postponed after vandals struck twice over a two week period.

Michelle Ouimette, managing director for the Roses for Autism organization, says it took more than 1,000 volunteer hours to create the Guilford garden. The garden engages in all senses, which helps individuals with autism that experience sensory differences.

Ouimette says vandals uprooted plants, took garden statues and had drizzled

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Psychcentral.com: New Protocol Predicts Effectiveness of Interventions for Adult Autism

Researchers have created a protocol to predict individual treatment effectiveness for adults on the autism spectrum.

Investigators from the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas and George Washington University used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify if a virtual environment-based training program lead to changes in brain areas that are associated with social skills.

Researchers discovered that adults on the autism spectrum with greater activity in the social brain network

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Wrvo.org: This week: Mosquito spraying and autism, and more

Wrvo.org: This week: Mosquito spraying and autism, and more

A pediatrician and researcher at Penn State Health in Hershey, Pa. found an increased incidence of autism and developmental delays in children who live within a two-mile radius of the Cicero Swamp.

That’s an area of Onondaga County with a high concentration of mosquitos that undergoes aerial pesticide spraying to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis.

Dr. Steven Hicks, a graduate of Upstate Medical University, says

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Dailydot.com: Student with autism left entirely out of her high school yearbook

Amanda Paeth, a Connecticut high school senior with autism, has “beat the odds,” as her mother says, by getting her driver’s license, working while in high school, and graduating on time. However, Paeth’s accomplishments have been overshadowed by the fact that she was completely excluded from her school’s 2017 yearbook.

According to news station WTNH, the yearbook staff at Mark T. Sheehan High School in Wallingford, Connecticut, omitted Paeth from the book entirely, in her class’ senior

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Fox8.com: Living with Autism: One woman opens up about her incredible journey and shares how her mind …

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CLEVELAND, Oh — Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child. She is the first person to speak publicly about how ‘her’ mind works and she shares her story with audiences all over the world in an effort to help others on the autism spectrum.

Temple Grandin’s abilities have allowed her to accomplish incredible things. She is an animal science professor at Colorado State University and

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Abc7chicago.com: Autism risk linked to fevers during pregnancy, study finds

Abc7chicago.com: Autism risk linked to fevers during pregnancy, study finds

Researchers at Columbia University found that women who catch the flu or get a fever multiple times during pregnancy could raise the risk of their baby being born with autism spectrum disorder.

The more fevers a woman suffers during pregnancy, the higher the risk, according to the study. The risk of autism was increased by over 300 percent for the children of women reporting three or more fevers after the twelfth week of pregnancy.

The risk

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