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Autism in the News – 10.24.11

Apps for Autism (CBS News)
Autistic people whose condition prevents them from speaking are making breakthroughs with the help of tablet computers and special applications that allow them to communicate, some for the first time. Lesley Stahl reports. Read more.

Symptoms of Autism Can Be Delayed (French Tribune)
The word Autism often leaves our mind blank, as the name itself stands for mental blockage. Previously, it was known that the symptoms of autism could be diagnosed soon after birth. But recently, it has been informed that the symptoms of autism may be delayed and could be diagnosed late. Read more.

UPDATE: Hanover continues search for 9-year-old autistic boy (Hanover, Va.)
A 9-year-old autistic boy on a walk with family disappeared into North Anna Battlefield Park on Sunday afternoon while his father, brother and an adult woman stopped to take a break. The search continued throughout the night and into this morning without success. Read more.

Technology Helps Autistic Children with Social Skills (Psych Central)
A new research project suggests virtual worlds can help autistic children develop social skills beyond their anticipated levels. Read more.

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  1. Kathy Silverstein
    October 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I watched the report on 60 Minutes about the ipads for autistic children. I think it is a wonderful thing and a very nice tie in to the piece about Steve Jobs that they did. A lot of the autism moms I know posted tributes on their blogs to Jobs that mainly focused on how much the Ipads had helped their autistic kids. For those who can not speak, or cannot type, having a touch screen computer at their disposal allows them to communicate and opens the world to them. It would be nice if, in memory of Jobs, and to help the autism community out, these could be offered at a discount to those with autistic kids who cannot afford them.
    Maybe at some point one of the national autism organizations, including yours, could offer programs to offer them at a discount? Here is a list of some other autism organizations that might possibly be able to help. http://www.aspergerssociety.org/articles/support.htm
    Either way, I am glad that this technology exists to help the kids who need it.

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