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Therapy for babies showing early signs of autism reduces the chance of clinical diagnosis at age 3

Submitted by bobb on Wed, 22/9/2021 - 07:29

Andrew Whitehouse, The University of Western Australia; Jonathan Green, University of Manchester, and Kristelle Hudry, La Trobe University

A therapy for infants showing early signs of autism reduces the chance of the child meeting diagnostic criteria for autism at three years of age. That’s according to our new research, published today in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Therapy for children with autism often begins after receiving a diagnosis, which usually doesn’t occur until after the child turns two.

Oliver Hetherington-Page says his experience of autism doesn't fit the pop culture mould

Submitted by bobb on Wed, 22/9/2021 - 07:22

I'm not Sheldon Cooper.

I am, however, autistic, which means I'm constantly compared to him.

This is ironic because according to the producers of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper isn't actually autistic.

And yet my autism is constantly compared – and seemingly failing to live up – to this fictional character.

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Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) is obsessed with trains and can recite the periodic table.

More celebrities are coming out as autistic. That makes a huge difference.

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 19/9/2021 - 07:14

Zack Budryk

Anthony Hopkins, Wentworth Miller and others are showing us that autism is more varied than it once seemed to be.

In late July, actor Wentworth Miller of “Prison Break” and “Legends of Tomorrow” posted an image of a white square to Instagram, accompanied by the revelation that he had been formally diagnosed as autistic a year before.

“This isn’t something I’d change. No. I get — got — immediately [that] being autistic is central to who I am. To everything I’ve achieved/articulated,” Miller wrote.

‘It’s life or death for us’: The struggle for this mother to get her kids with autism vaccinated

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 18/9/2021 - 18:31

By Eden Gillespie

A mother of five autistic children from regional NSW told The Feed she’s struggled immensely with getting them vaccinated. With the children still unvaccinated, and a severe asthmatic herself, she’s fearful about the state’s plans to open up in October.

NSW’s reopening has been described as the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ but as severe asthmatics and the parents of five children with autism, Casey* and her husband are terrified of where the eased restrictions could leave them.

Are We Giving Autistic Children PTSD From School?

Submitted by bobb on Tue, 7/9/2021 - 10:20

When we don't understand autistic kids we create a toxic environment for them.

Posted August 31, 2021 | Reviewed by Tyler Woods

Key points

We must understand the behavior of autistic children to help them.
Responding without understanding diminishes the personhood, self-esteem and trust of autistic kids.
Providing an environment sensitive to the needs of autistic students benefits all students.

NDIS ‘to outstrip cost of Medicare within two years’

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 4/9/2021 - 00:00

Olivia Caisley

Disability providers have raised concerns about measures to rein in spending on the National Disability Insurance Scheme after the Morrison government signalled its cost was becoming unsustainable, with more people accessing the service than expected.

The nation’s peak body for non-government disability service organisations – National Disability Services – on Monday said the value of the scheme to participants could not be underestimated and any cost reduction needed to consider Australians with disabilities first.

Coalition has made a mess of NDIS, says Judy Fischer

Submitted by bobb on Thu, 2/9/2021 - 10:26

The widow of former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer has accused the Coalition of mismanaging the National Disability ­Insurance Scheme, which she says is shrouded in secrecy and too ­important to fail.

Judy Brewer, a high-profile disability sector advocate whose son Harrison has autism, said she was angry the ­government appeared to be blaming people with disabilities for cost blowouts when it was likely the $24bn scheme’s financial assumptions were wrong.

Royal Commission welcomes new roadmap to improve the health of people with intellectual disability

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 20/8/2021 - 11:31

The Disability Royal Commission welcomes the Australian Government’s release of a new national roadmap that aims to improve the health of people with intellectual disability (Roadmap).

The Royal Commission strongly supports any initiative that addresses the serious inequities people with cognitive disability face in the current health system, and that attempts to develop a system in which they have access to high quality, timely and comprehensive care.

Sydney's Giant Steps school for students with autism linked to 18 COVID-19 cases

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 13/8/2021 - 13:33

Eighteen people linked to a special needs school in Sydney’s north — including seven students — have tested positive for COVID-19.

Key points:

  • Parents were first notified a staff member tested positive on August 5
  • Seven students, three staff and eight family members are now positive
  • NSW Health says it does not disclose details on venues of concern unless there is a public health risk

The Giant Steps school in Gladesville caters for students with severe autism and has closed its doors after becoming aware of a positive case last week.

SNAP and NSW FACS guilty in deaths of autistic child and pregnant carer

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 1/8/2021 - 00:00


District Court of New South Wales, Scotting DCJ, 18 June 2021

Sentence hearing for a WPHS breach involving the death of a child in care

Key Words: Workplace Health and Safety, New South Wales, Penalty, Death Of Child In Care, Duty of Care