August 30, 2016 |
Zahmir is an endearing 11-year-old with dark curly hair and big brown eyes. Fond of music, he delights in playing with his many musical toys. However, his interest in music goes beyond toys. He now enthusiastically plays the piano and looks forward to his weekly lessons. Other favorite pastimes include riding on his rocking horse and watching his favorite programs on television, including SpongeBob and a variety of shows on Animal Planet. He also enjoys playing outdoors, where he spends many happy hours digging in the dirt, rolling in the leaves, and running around.
August 2, 2016
Suzanne Wright, 69, a cofounder of the advocacy group Autism Speaks, died of pancreatic cancer Friday at her home in Fairfield, Conn., an organization spokeswoman said. She helped build the group into one of the leading voices for people with the developmental disorder. She and her husband, former NBC Universal CEO Bob Wright, founded Autism Speaks in 2005 after their grandson's diagnosis. The New York-based organization funds research, raises awareness, and spotlights the needs of people with autism and their families.
July 13, 2016 |
More children are being diagnosed with and treated for autism spectrum disorder due to state mandates requiring commercial health insurers to provide services to these children, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania. Still, they found, far too few children who need help are getting it. The study results were published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers found that from January 2008 to December 2012, states that required private insurers to cover care had higher rates of diagnoses: 1.8 per 1,000 children, on average, as opposed to 1.6 per 1,000 in states without a mandate.
July 12, 2016 |
_ VH1 HIP HOP HONORS: ALL HAIL THE QUEENS. 9 p.m. Monday, VH1. Awards show returns after a six-year absence, with an emphasis this year on rap's female players. Philadelphia's Eve (above) hosts and honorees include Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim and Salt-N-Pepa. _ MAYA & MARTY. 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC10. Maya & Marty. 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC. South Jersey's Kelly Ripa will be interviewed by Martin Short's Jiminy Glick in the season finale of the summer variety show. Other guests include Steve Martin, Emma Stone and Sean Hayes.
May 13, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I wrote you more than four years ago about my energetic young boys, 4 and 6, one of them with autism, and my critical mother-in-law, "Milly. " After I wrote that letter in 2011, Milly continued to criticize our parenting (a lot) whenever we visited. I asked her again (politely) to please stop. She apologized (again), but went back to criticizing the next time we saw her. My husband and I decided it was too draining to spend so much time with her, so we cut back on frequency and length of visits.
May 1, 2016
An online project aims to gather DNA and other information from 50,000 people with autism and their family members. Though the cause of the social communication disorder is unknown and believed to be a mix of environmental and genetic factors, scientists have identified 50 to 70 genes that may play a role in the condition. Some estimate that a total of 350 or more could be involved. The long-term study involves researchers from more than 21 medical institutions; find information at sparkforautism.org.
April 9, 2016 |
Officers with the Camden County Police Department on Thursday became the first to take part in a yearlong effort to train law enforcers how to deal effectively and safely with situations involving people on the autism spectrum. The training is being offered by Bancroft, a nonprofit based in South Jersey that provides specialized services for individuals with brain injuries, autism, and intellectual disabilities. While officers with the county force were the initial trainees, Bancroft officials say they have invited departments from the 15 communities the organization serves to learn how to de-escalate budding problems and foster better understanding.
April 4, 2016 |
'Give me a broken system, and I see the problem really easily," says Mark Jessen , a Palo Alto, Calif.-based IT technology consultant for global business-software maker SAP , on a visit last week to the company's North America headquarters in Newtown Square. Jessen is one of 100 people SAP has hired in its Autism at Work program since 2012. The first few hires were in India. SAP says it has developed supports to help autistic people cope with office demands they may find stressful, so they can apply their abilities to fixing software errors and other tasks.
February 21, 2016 |
Sparking strong reaction from doctors and child-development experts, an influential task force says there's insufficient evidence to argue definitely that the benefits of screening all young children for autism outweigh the harms. "There's not enough evidence for us to recommend for or against screening in children for autism under 30 months," said David Grossman, a Seattle pediatrician who is vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "Clinicians need to make a judgment on their own about whether to screen.
February 20, 2016 |
After years of chronicling the dismal outcomes for people with autism who have grown too old for school-based services, Paul Shattuck grew frustrated at how slowly things were changing. The Drexel University researcher approached leaders at the school about a more active approach. This week, Drexel announced that it had received an anonymous $3.5 million donation from a family foundation to develop and evaluate ways to help young people with autism transition into the adult world of work or college.