Chantal Sicile-Kira February 14, Those who followed my blog in the past may have noticed a lot less activity in recent years. In the fall of my son Jeremy moved out of the family home and into supported living, and found an art studio where he could paint. It has been a wonderful journey helping Jeremy create the life he dreamed of. In he had his first curated art show which was a huge success followed by more shows.
For many Americans with a family member on the autism spectrum, the best place to live is where they can access different educational, medical and recreational resources without having to drive to another city or state.
Latest Developments in Autism Innonprofit advocacy group Autism Speaks conducted a social media survey of members of the autism community from 48 states and Washington D.
The answer for most? Treatment options and support resources, including education and respite care, are hard to come by. Seventy-four percent were unhappy with the autism services in their area, while only 26 percent said they were generally happy.
Those who were unhappy reported "by very large margins" they had to travel considerable distances - more than an hour - for treatments and services, said medical services were difficult to come by, and noted that few, if any, recreational services were available locally.
Across the board, respite services were lacking in all areas. Respite care is temporary "relief" for primary caregivers, in which trained professionals can step in, allowing parents to increase their social and emotional well-being.
According to Autism Speaks, parents often sacrifice their own health to meet the care-giving needs of their children - which are plenty when it comes to doctor's appointments, school issues, and legal battles, among other factors. The majority of respondents said educational services were available in their community, but there was an inconsistency in quality for some areas.
Among people who responded positively when asked of local educational services, less than a quarter those services were hard to obtain.
For families generally unhappy with their local autism resources, an "incredible" 83 percent described difficulties, such as they couldn't find specialized experts to best place their child, needed to change schools or districts, or had to resort to expensive legal action. Which places fared worst?
The top 10 metropolitan areas according to members of the community were: Paul, Seattle and Milwaukee This year's survey is not due out until the fall, but Peter Bell, executive vice president of programs and services at Autism Speaks, told CBS News he doesn't anticipate big changes for 's survey.
Families still need to fight in many cases to get appropriate education for their child's needs. One of the findings was people who can access educational services can be more satisfied.
Since last year's report, five more states have passed autism insurance reform laws, including New York and California - states with metropolitan areas featured on last year's survey.
The laws require insurers to provide behavioral treatments that are often required for autism. Autism Speaks operates the largest database of resources for parents in the world, Bell said, constantly updated by members of the organization in the field or when parents bring new services to the organization's attention.
With more than 50, resources available, ranging from early intervention programs to pediatricians to even a local barber who has experience cutting hair of kids with autism. Here's what they had to say about the current state of autism research:In , Lovaas launched the Young Autism Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, with the aim of applying behaviorist methods to children with autism.
The project established the methods and goals that grew into ABA. Sources of Autism Books. A small selection of places you can find some of these books. Note that I have not completely scanned these sites so they also include books not listed here. We explore this hypothesis by empirically investigating the association between autism prevalence and precipitation rates.
further commentary on the debate regarding increase in autism in California. J Autism Nicholson S, Adilov N, Williams J. Autism Prevalence and Precipitation Rates in California, Oregon, and Washington Counties.
Arch. Autism is a major, peer-reviewed, international journal, published 8 times a year, providing research of direct and practical relevance to help improve the quality of life for individuals with autism or autism-related disorders. Autism is classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting speech and language development (e.g.
delay or total lack of speech development), social engagement (e.g. failure to use eye contact, lack of peer relationship development) and behaviors (e.g. irritable, tantrums). Am I autistic? How do you know if you have Aspergers?
Englebert Lau gives some real-life examples of clues that you may be an Aspie. Included at the end is an online test for autism and Aspergers. Included in this blog are links to two test The Autism Spectrum Quotient and the Aspie Test.