autism

Mon, January 09, 2012
It is interesting to notice that on a daily basis there is a new research/study that analyzes one specific aspect seen with the Autism Spectrum Disorder. A recent one identified a potential autism link with immune system abnormalities. This condition is amazingly multifaceted and it requires a constant attention to details that sometimes I feel can limit the general understanding of the condition itself. On the other hand, it also sounds like a promising scientific way to go. Any news for us is...
Thu, January 26, 2012
I was amazed, as I watched more than 24 individuals with Asperger's syndrome mark the holidays recently just like anyone else would. They socialized at their party and played charades, 20 questions and Pictionary -- activities designed to help enhance their social skills. The partygoers were all students or graduates of NIPD/NJ's Asperger's Skill Building Network. "This program has given me a great reason to get out and meet people," said Emily, 22, who has attended the program since September...
Mon, January 23, 2012
A study in Sweden shows no link between prenatal exposure to tobacco smoke and autism. Autism is not one of my areas of expertise but I am so fascinated by all these clinical studies. I truly admire the professionals who have decided to study it. I have come to the conclusion that they surely need a great degree of high frustration folerance. Keep up the great work!
Wed, March 24, 2010
Great news! Carol Gray, the Director of The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a member of the YAI Autism Advisory Council, will present at YAI’s 31st Annual International Conference. Carol developed Social Stories , her trademarked strategies that are used worldwide with children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders. An internationally recognized author and presenter, Carol Gray will present a lively activity-based full-day...
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Fri, September 23, 2011
As an intake specialist and supervisor in YAI’s LINK Department, the intake, information and referral unit, I help connect people with disabilities to the services that meet their unique needs. So far this year, our department has received over 3,000 inquiries from people seeking information on autism services. An estimated 25 percent of those inquiries are specifically regarding individuals who either have a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome, or are characterized as having “high functioning...
Tue, February 28, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Early diagnosis is considered key for autism, but minority children tend to be diagnosed later than white children . Some new work is beginning to try to uncover why – and to raise awareness of the warning signs so more parents know they can seek help even for a toddler. "The biggest thing I want parents to know is we can do something about it to help your child," says Dr. Rebecca Landa, autism director at Baltimore's Kennedy Krieger Institute, who is exploring the barriers that...
Tue, May 29, 2012
Over the course of the last several decades, we've seen tremendous change in the developmental disability service-provision system. Between 1960 and 2010, 195 large, state-run institutions were closed, bringing with their closure the promise of better lives in the community for their former residents. The expansion of supported employment services between the mid-1980s and 1990s showed that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities could not only live in the community, but that we...
Wed, December 25, 2013
One of my earliest routines I had was getting the mail. For as long as I can remember, I would brave the heat, cold, rain and snow and walk down the path in my front yard just to see what the mailbox held. To my family, my routine of fetching the mail was a normal part of being me: Something I did because I enjoyed it or just because I could. They had no idea of the truth, of why I really got the mail six days a week. They had no idea getting the mail had become routine because I always hoped...

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