ADHD Symptoms May Delay Autism Diagnosis By Three Years, Tech Times, 9/18/15
From the article: “A new study warns parents of children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) of an underlying and more alarming condition. Experts say ADHD symptoms may hide autism in children and it will take longer to make a true diagnosis.”
Meet the First Couple to Have an All-Autism Wedding, People, 9/17/15
From the article: “On Saturday, September 26, Lesko and Nelson are getting married, and the wedding itself will be ‘epic’ too –they'll be celebrating the first all-autism wedding. The bride and groom, who are both on the autistic spectrum, will be joined by an entire wedding party (ring bearer, harpist, wedding cake baker, groomsman, usher and more) that identify as autistic.”
Autism and Asperger's On Disney's Girl Meets World, Huffington Post, 9/17/15
From the article: “Girl Meets World, the sequel to Boy Meets World, features the real life, grown-up Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence as the supportive and down-to-earth parents of an adorably quirky adolescent daughter, Riley. The show spotlights issues and topics that kids and families face in daily life... [including] …autism and Asperger's Syndrome -- in an authentic way and succeeded in sending the best message possible.”
‘Diagnostic Substitution’ Drives Autism Spike, Wall Street Journal, 9/16/15
From the article: “Most recently, researchers at Penn State University examined 11 years of U.S. special-education enrollment records from 2000 to 2010, with about 6.2 million children each year, to see how the students were categorized. The Penn State researchers documented that the number of children diagnosed with intellectual disability in the U.S. declined as the number diagnosed with autism climbed.”
Why There’s Disagreement Over Screening Every Child for Autism, NY Times, 9/9/15
From the article: “Recently, the United States Preventive Services Task Force released its draft recommendation statement on the screening of young children for autism spectrum disorder. The task force decided that the current evidence was not enough to recommend widespread screening of children with no symptoms. This led many people to worry that the group was telling physicians not to screen.”
Common Autism Behaviors Less Likely In Girls, Disability Scoop, 9/8/15
From the article: “In a study looking at over 700 kids on the spectrum, researchers found girls are far less likely than boys to display repetitive and restricted behaviors like limited flexibility with routines, hand-flapping or having narrow areas of interest… The findings, published this month in the journal Molecular Autism, may offer clues to the lopsided gender breakdown seen in the autism population.”
'NeuroTribes' Examines The History — And Myths — Of The Autism Spectrum, Fresh Air, NPR, 9/2/15
From the broadcast: “Silberman chronicles the history of autism and examines some of the myths surrounding our current understanding of the condition in his new book, NeuroTribes. Along the way, he revisits Asperger's calculated efforts to save his patients. Silberman shies away from using the terms high-functioning and low-functioning, because ‘both of those terms can be off base,’ he says. But he praises Asperger's courage in speaking to the Nazis.‘I would literally weep while I was writing that chapter,’ he says.”
Welcome to ASCEND Group
Jed Baker, Ph.D., is the director of the Social Skills Training Project,
Title: All Kids Can Succeed: Effective Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenges
Friday, 11/6/15 from 9:00AM-3:00PM
500 Blair Mill Rd, Horsham, PA 19044
About Dr. Jed Baker: Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topic of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award winning author of six books, including Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication Problems; Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome; The Social Skills Picture Book; The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond; No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior, and No More Victims: Protecting those with Autism from Cyber Bullying, Internet Predators & Scams. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, Fox News, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.
Audience: Jed will apply concepts for ages from 3- adulthood by providing examples of young and old, verbal and non-verbal. The largest concentration of content is school age 3-21 years old.
Information will be imparted though lecture, interactive exercises, and video clips.
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