Tag Archives: autism research

Who wants two (2) free movie passes?

Think It By Hand [www.thinkitbyhand.com] has joined forces with University of California, Irvine in a project that will evaluate how easily and effectively students with high-functioning autism [specifically students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade] interact between hands-on teaching aids and touch-screen technology in the subject area of math. 
They need four [4] students [4th, 5th or 6th grade only] for a 30- to 40-minute usability study on a Saturday in May. Exact date and time not yet determined.
Here’s the best part. At the end of their visit, each student will receive two unrestricted movie passes.

This is a first-come, first-served opportunity. For more information or to schedule your student, contact Guy Foresman directly.  guy@thinkitbyhand.com.

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New numbers released today by CDC show an increase in prevalence of autism

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/p0329_autism_disorder.html

Okay folks, gimme a drum roll, please. A new study that examined data from 14 communities puts estimates at one child in 88 diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder — and ups the prevalence in males to five times more than in females.

What is this, the magic tote board in the Jerry Lewis telethon?

This is very important information. As parents, we need to participate in surveys and studies that compile such research, so that the true extent of our need is realized throughout all channels. Our government needs to know the real state of affairs if they are to provide sufficient support,  services, education and research.

So the next time an autism study crosses your path, take some time to fill it out. Think of it as an investment in services for your child — rather than something that just eats up your time.

And remember that early detection is crucial. Nearly half [40%] of the kids in the CDC study weren’t diagnosed until they were older than four years of age. We can do so much for our kids when we can start treatments and therapies early. And our kids benefit from this early intervention. So there’s got to be some improvement in this area.

Pay close attention to your child’s development at six months, 12 months, 18 months. Don’t let your concerns go unaddressed.

Visit cdc.gov to learn more.

DSM-5 Update

If you haven’t yet read Autism Speaks’ view of the proposed changes to the DSM-5, I’ve attached the link here. After you read it, let me know what you think.

http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/dsm-5-update

I am happy to hear of this newly funded study and can’t wait to see the results. I want to make sure our less impacted people still get the services they need.

I’d like to hear from many of you on this.

Aside

It’s encouraging to see all the autism research that’s taking place. I’ve seen lots of advances since my son was young; imagine what they’ll know in five or 10 more years. I’m all in favor of research that helps improve … Continue reading