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CDC says 1 in 45 children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder

A new government survey shows 1 in 45 children (ages 3 to 17) are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a significant increase from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s previously estimated prevalence of 1 in 68 from 2011-2013.

The increase, in part, could be attributed to a change in survey questions and questions more specific to ASD.

But the increasing prevalence still has advocates and educators talking about how our community works with children who have autism and what additional resources are needed.

“Statistics definitely guide professionals and governments to figure out what services are needed in our community,” said Dr. Kelly O’Laughlin, a clinical psychologist with ABC of N.C. Clinic and Child Development Center for children with autism in Winston-Salem.

“But statistics are not the sole way that we need to look at these issues with autism. We need to focus on getting early intervention services across cultures, ethnicities. Plus, providing a lifespan of services from childhood to adulthood,” O’Laughlin added.

In a statement from the national advocacy group Autism Speaks, epidemiologist Michael Rosanoff said the new numbers don’t replace the CDC’s official 1 in 68 estimates.

However, “The 1 in 45 estimates is not surprising and is likely a more accurate representation of autism prevalence in the United States. This means that 2 percent of children in the U.S. are living with autism. The earlier they have access to care, services and treatment, the more likely they are to progress.” Rosanoff is Autism Speaks’ director for public health research.

As the prevalence increases, school systems may need to change how they work with children diagnosed with autism, said John Thomas, a consultant with Guilford County Schools who works closely with the district’s Exceptional Children (E.C.) programs.

“The interesting aspect is in autism, the best practices are pretty clear. We’ve got really good data to show what works with our kids,” he pointed out. “Now let’s make sure our teachers understand those tools regardless of the kinds of classrooms we’re dealing with. That’s the necessity at this point.”

Thomas said all teachers, not just E.C. teachers, will need training to identify symptoms of autism and learn how to work with children on the spectrum. That will take both traditional professional development, plus, “It’s going to have to include co-teaching between our experts who understand autism and the teachers, so teachers feel confident in what they have to do with their kids.”

Dr. Alicia Tate, director of the Department of Exceptional Children for Guilford County Schools, said figuring out the best practices for students with autism is just part of the puzzle of meeting the needs of all kids.

Change will take investment and time, Thomas added, “But everybody is committed I think to make sure that change occurs for all the kids.”

Where did our traffic come from?

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Just for your information this is where our traffic in January 2016 came from as far as country goes.  I would suppose that reflects where the Autistic cases are combined with the availability of Internet access.  As you can see we get a good amount of traffic even though Google sends us virtually no traffic.

This Blog was attacked by some sort of Malware

This blog has been running for many years. It has meant a lot of work in my spare time just keeping it going. If you are a regular you know that this blog uses a sort of Question and Answer format. What you may not know is that this blog gets its questions and answers from Answers.Yahoo.com which is the biggest question and answer format of anything out there. I enjoy reading the stories because I have an autistic son who is 37 years old. We have been put through the ringer with him. He is one of those angry Autistics so you may know what I mean.

This blog was attacked by some Malware hidden in a cache file in the content file. It was making thousands of little files that ended up filling my hosting space with worthless junk and pushing me against the limit fence of my hosting account. I didn’t really know what was doing it. So for a week we kept bouncing off my ceiling with dozens of things tried but nothing doing the right thing. After that I decided to totally shut off all my web pages and public_html file I did it by renaming the front file and doing this by adding a 1 to the end of the name.  That was crazy because the limit kept getting reached without no person being to be able to do anything.  That is when I knew we had it. So the people the hosting tech center decided  to shut the whole blog down, They first remover the plug ins and next they removed the theme,

Really good news for everyone.  I managed to get the Question and Answers Plug-In back Up and running.  What a relief. I said the following prayer while I was thinking of trying it for the last time. You may know it.

Saint Michael The Arch Angel, defend us in battle.

Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, 

O Prince of the Heavenly Host – by the power of God – cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen

This is the most powerful prayer I have to help me out of problems. It keeps me from having a panic attack and it also helps by making mysteriously things usually go my way. I say it loudly every day so every one in the house can hear it and every one in heaven can hear it.  I recommend it.   Bob McGuire – Webmaster

Now we have to work on finding the old theme. I have completely forgotten where I got it from.

New Ideas

I finally have some time to scour the news for new health and Autism Issues to be able to post here. So I will be able to do that.

Did you know that I have had several items listed here on the Autismblog.us asking for donations. We do need some help. This blog costs a bundle to keep going as well as https://TheAutismZone.com . They are all together. So how many people have donated to this cause? No one from here. SO I think in the future I am going to change this to a membership site where you have to subscribe to read all our articles. All this in one neat place to get everything you want. I just have not decided the monthly dues? Five dollars or twenty five dollars? What do you think?
Bob

Four Benefits of a Service Dog for a Child with Autism

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Four Benefits of a Service Dog for a Child with Autism

 

Did you know that about one in 68 children in America has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and that its prevalence is on the rise? Raising a child with autism certainly comes with unique challenges, but you don’t have to go it alone. Autism service dogs can be wonderful companions for children with ASD and an extremely beneficial addition to your family. Here are four ways a service dog can benefit a child with ASD:

Service dogs can alert your child to emergencies. Autism is categorized as a sensory processing disorder, and often this leads to sensory overload. So even when an emergency occurs, it is difficult for your child to quickly comprehend what is going on and how to handle it. Suppose the smoke alarm goes off; when he is already trying to process everything he’s hearing, smelling, touching, and seeing, it’s tough for your child to immediately identify a new sound and its meaning. Autism service dogs are specially trained to alert their handlers of important sounds, and can help guide them to a safe response.

Service dogs can be a great way to help teach your child responsibility. “Pick up your toys.” “Finish your homework.” “Help with the dishes.” While these are certainly all reasonable responsibilities, it can be tough for a child with ASD (heck, for any child!) to find the motivation. Having a dog to feed, clean up after, walk and play with can be a rewarding way to teach your child responsibility without feeling like a nag.

 

They provide a friendly, nonjudgmental companion. It’s important for children with autism to feel loved and totally accepted, and service dogs can offer an ideal friendship. A dog doesn’t mind if her owner makes a mistake or says something silly. She accepts him for exactly who he is and never makes him feel like an outsider.

 

A service dog can reduce your child’s repetitive and self-destructive behaviors. Autism service dogs are trained to identify the repetitive physical habits many children with autism display. While sometimes these behaviors are totally harmless, the child can become completely engulfed in the action. A service dog acts as a calming presence and can give him a gentle signal to stop — especially when the behavior is destructive.

 

Autism service dogs can be an invaluable friend to a child with autism and a truly rewarding adoption into your family. The benefits these canines offer to their handlers can create a happier, healthier child today and last for a lifetime.

 

Vee Cecil is a wellness coach, personal trainer, and bootcamp instructor. Vee is passionate about studying and sharing her findings in wellness through her recently-launched blog.

I wish to thank Vee Cecil for volunteering this article.  Bob

Autism And Swimming

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Via Flickr – by Hector Alejandro

Autism and Swimming Q&A

As warm temperatures settle in, many families are getting ready to spend some quality time by the pool and are looking forward to rest and relaxation on their beach vacations. But for families with a child with autism this can be a scary time of year.

Many children with autism are drawn to water. Unfortunately, this fascination can put them in danger. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children with autism.

One way parents and caregivers can help protect children with autism is by teaching them how to swim. The added bonus is that being in the water has many benefits for children with autism. For more information about those benefits, here are a few common questions related to children with ASD and what they get out of swimming:

 

What are the physical benefits of swimming for my child? As Bucknell University explains in this article, swimming is an extremely beneficial exercise for most people. The water’s buoyancy helps protect your joints while the water’s resistance helps build strong, lean muscles. And of course, it offers the kind of cardiovascular exercise that helps keep your heart healthy. For children with autism, swimming has additional benefits. As this guide on aquatic therapy for children with autism notes, they are at a high risk of becoming obese. Swimming offers them a kind of exercise that can be done regardless of motor skill deficiencies and in an environment they love—the water.

 

What are the mental health benefits of swimming for my child? Being in the water can be soothing and relaxing. Active.com notes that studies of swimmers show that they experience less anger after a swim. And this holds true for children with ASD. Swimming’s repetitive motions can help calm a child with autism while the physical release those motions provide help them to get out frustration or pent up energy.

 

Can swimming have social benefits for my child? Children with autism may have difficulty interacting with their peers. As this article from LiveStrong.com explains, swimming is wonderful for children with special needs because it offers them a chance to set goals and improve at a skill while also learning to interact and work with others.  And because swimming is as much about reaching personal goals as it is competing with others, the personal achievements a child makes in swimming can lead to a big boost in self-esteem.

 

What is the best way to find swim lessons tailored to my child’s needs? If you’re worried that your child won’t do well in a traditional swim lesson or if you’ve tried with them before and it didn’t go well, know that there are swim programs tailored to meet the needs of children with autism. AutismSpeaks.org provides access to this handy four-step process to follow in order to find swimming lessons in your area.

 

If you’re a parent or caregiver of a child with autism and you’ve been dreading summer because of the added dangers it could pose for your child, embrace swimming. When your child knows how to swim and be safe around the water, they’ll have a way to protect themselves while also seeing immense physical and mental health benefits.

 

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Vee Cecil is a wellness coach, personal trainer, and bootcamp instructor who lives in Kentucky with her family. Vee is passionate about studying and sharing her findings in wellness through her recently-launched blog.

Vee Cecei is a guest writer on the blog.

Changes to this blog today

I have been working on this blog all day today (Sunday). Blogs are a lot harder to me to work on than regular HTML websites. So Far today I changed the background color, shrunk and added The Autism Zone logo because this blog is actually part of that, activated the social website pointers at the top and added a search button. Doesn’t sound like much but my butt is getting sore!

P.S. I added some graphics to the slider bar, I also added some pictures to the boxes below the slider. The only problem is that the words below the pictures in the boxes can’t go away because this is a free sample blog theme and I have to pay a ton to make changes. Sorry.

Toxic stuff – Toxic means poison

Over at our web page we have concentrated on reporting things in the environment that should be OK but actually are toxic. Toxic is another word for poison according to dictionary.com . Here is another article about the very same thing. So answer this question. How much toxic stuff are you going to put in your body while you are pregnant or if a man just before getting a woman pregnant before you think you are safe to have a new kid?  Sounds harsh I suppose but you have to start thinking that way.

 

 

Pat will be posting and answering questions on FaceBook

Pat, my wife will start posting on Facebook and answering questions and trying to organize things over there. She is a good and godly person plus a mother of an Autistic person with 33 years experience. So please go over there later and say hello.

https://www.facebook.com/TheAutismZone 

Also I am going to probably make this blog a membership site a bit later. You will need a password to come over . We just need more security here.