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Autism in the News – 08.08.11

Has Susan Greenfield been misrepresented? (UK)
As critics from Dorothy Bishop to Carl Zimmer line up against Susan Greenfield’s comments on autism, the Baroness argues that she has been misrepresented. Is she right? Read more.

Hometown Heroes: Pleasanton couple tireless in battling autism (Pleasanton, Calif.)
The kitchen cabinet confirmed Cindy Everson’s intuition that her youngest son, Joe, was autistic. Read more.

Autism Awareness on the Rise (Manassas Park Patch)
There are a lot of medical mysteries in the world.  Despite advances in science and research, we’re still missing a lot of answers and one of the biggest mysteries surrounds autism.  Read more.

Missing Autistic Boy Found Safe (Columbia, Tenn.)
A 9-year-old boy with autism wandered away from home Sunday afternoon and sparked a full-blown search by law enforcement and volunteers alike. Read more.

More than a girl’s best friend (The News Tribune)
In December 2009, Isabel was diagnosed with autism, and her childhood changed. She needs help feeling comfortable around other people, and she needs to be kept safe when she’s in public because cars often startle her and send her running into the road. Her mother has found a solution: a service dog trained to help kids with autism. Read more.

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  1. Mike
    August 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    We are trying to get our school to plan ahead and select a teacher who is familiar wth asperger’s and our son meet the teacher in advance without all the other stuents and parents around before school starts…we did this last year an his year went so much better….he is changing campuses this year and we feel like he needs to go on campus early and meet his teacher an we share some of his anxieties with the teacher to better prepare her….we seem to keep being put off like they do not want to accomadate us….is this wrong on our part…….

  2. August 9, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Mike, could you contact the teacher directly and ask for a 15 minute meeting? Explain all the great things about your child (maybe likes to follow rules, great reader, etc.) but that he has less anxiety if he knows what to expect. Offer a couple of easy guidelines for the teacher, like he learns best if his desk isn’t too close to others or if he is in the front of the room, etc… whatever makes your child feel most comfortable. If you can’t get that 15 minute meeting, send an email ahead of time to the teacher and take your child to walk around the campus on your own. Hope these suggestions help! Good luck.
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