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Increased Incidence of Autism – How Utah Educators are Meeting the Challenge

Posted on May 05, 2012

Welcome to the spring edition of the Utah autism newsletter. So much is happening in the Autism community, visit web and we have many resources to share. What happened with autism insurance reform in the legislature this year? Are you wondering where things actually ended up?  Well to recap, the original legislation, House Bill 69, sponsored by Ronda Rudd Menlove (R-Garland), was held in the House Rules Committee and was not released. This bill would have required providers of accident or

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Hot News: 1 in 32 – The Facts Behind the Headlines in Utah Autism Prevalence Rates

Posted on April 04, 2012

1 in 32  - The Facts Behind the Headlines in Utah Autism Prevalence Rates Utah’s new claim to fame is the highest prevalence rate of autism in 2008 among the fourteen United States communities studied by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in their autism prevalence study. The principal investigator, website like this Judith Pinborough-Zimmerman discussed the results of the study in a press release on Thursday March 29th. Utah’s statistics were 1 in 47 for incidence of autism in both

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Can Pixar Help Children with Autism?

Posted on April 04, 2012

[…] As time went on Collin became pretty obsessed with Pixar movies. He still wasn’t talking much at all but he would pick Monsters, Inc. out of a stack of ten movies without hesitation. The same with The Incredibles, any of the Toy Story movies, and Cars was always a big hit. It got to the point where before he had even seen a Pixar movie, he could identify the case and pick it out of a pile. We assumed he was using the iconic cover art that had become a staple for the Pixar films to ident

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FREE! Counting Objects Curriculum

Posted on March 03, 2012

Counting Objects – a Free Math Resource for Teachers Of Students with Disabilities The ability to count a specific number of objects and counting objects in random order are basic skills that are essential for continued progress in math instruction and for life skills. Also, patient the ability to demonstrate one-to-one correspondence is a skill needed for early literacy. We know from research that teaching these skills involves systematic instruction with prompt fading procedures (Browde

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What are the 8 Top Apps for Autistic Learners?

Posted on February 02, 2012

iPrompts This app is like a simple schedule board. So when you come into school on Monday, discount there’s this schedule written out for what they’re going to do. It says, mind "We need to get our boots. We’re going to go to the van." It also has a timer on it. Say, for instance, you’re working with one of the kids on washing their hands. You can put a photo of somebody washing their hands on screen. Duration is a big issue. It’s important for them to be able to visualize and to

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Teens With Autism Face Social Isolation

Posted on February 02, 2012

The majority of teens with autism lack contact with friends outside of school, doctor saying they are never called or invited to social activities, rx according to a new study. The research looked at data from more than 11,000 middle and high school-age students in special education and found that teens with autism — especially those who struggle with conversational skills — are significantly less likely than their peers to spend time with friends or report having a social life. Nearly

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Autism Offers Distinct Advantages?

Posted on February 02, 2012

Rather than focus on autism as a series of deficits that need to be treated, one researcher argues that people with the disorder have advantages over those who are typically developing. In a commentary published this week in the journal Nature, Laurent Mottron, a professor at the University of Montreal, argues that autism should be seen as a strength. In his commentary, Mottron points to skills such as identifying patterns and memory recall that people with autism tend to excel at. Such skil

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Emergency Tracking System Aids the Autistic and Those With Alzheimer’s

Posted on January 01, 2012

Human tracking system Nancy Hood's son, William Plant, was at home fretting that a power outage would stop him from watching the Pirates on TV, a ritual the young man with autism rarely skips. Plant, 18, threw up his hands in frustration and stormed through the front door of Hood's home in Mt. Lebanon on that sweltering day in September. "I thought he'd walk around the loop to the library where he's allowed to go with our dog, or was at that point, and he'd come right back," she said. "

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Autism Insurance Settlements Ill-Conceived, Advocates Say

Posted on January 01, 2012

California officials claimed a win earlier this month after striking deals with two private insurers to cover behavior therapy for children with autism, search but now some advocates are calling the settlements a “sham.” In recent weeks, the California Department of Managed Health Care announced agreements with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California under which the insurers said they would provide coverage of applied behavioral analysis, or ABA, therapy. State officials said the

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Salt Lake: Storytime for Children With Autism

Posted on January 01, 2012

Special Needs Sensory Storytime I have been lucky to be a Youth Services Librarian at the Salt Lake County Library System for the last four years. Part of my job has been leading a storytime experience, look where I read books, salve sing songs and promote literacy to preschool-age children. It is something I love to do and the children enjoy it too. Whenever I begin a storytime session, I always have new children. In January 2011, the beginning of my spring session, it was no different wi

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