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Autism in the News – 10.31.11

Was autistic man really a Marine? Military court to decide (Miami Herald)
Los Angeles native Joshua D. Fry had been diagnosed as autistic and was living in a group home for people with mental disabilities when a Marine Corps recruiter signed him up for service. Read more.

Autistic Boy Survives 5 Days In the Woods (Doswell, Va.)
Miraculously, 8-year-old Robert Wood, Jr., survived for five days in the 80-acre North Anna Battlefield Park in Doswell, Virginia, near Richmond. The severely autistic boy, who is non-verbal, wandered away while his father, brother and a friend were taking a break on a walk last Sunday. Some 940 volunteers helped to conduct 74 search missions for Robert. Happily, on Friday night, a volunteer found him lying in a creek bed, with his shoes off; those were found nearby. Read more.

Aspects of autism might have helped boy endure (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
It’s hard to know exactly what was going through 8-year-old Robert Wood Jr.’s mind as he wandered for five days through the woods in Hanover County, but it’s possible that aspects of his autism helped him survive as much as they contributed to his disappearance. Read more.

Students with autism learn the trick-or-treat routine in time for Halloween in Bedminster (Bedminster, N.J.)
The routine seems simple enough: don a costume, ring the door bell or knock and say “trick-or-treat.” Read more.

The Up Beat: Eden marks 15 years of service (News-Press)
It began with one mom looking for some help for her daughter. Fifteen years later, Eden Autism Services is one of the largest autism service organizations in Southwest Florida, providing a wide range of community-based services to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and their families. Read more.


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  1. November 1, 2011 at 3:34 am

    About the article on Halloween, this is a great thing to do. Kids with autism often have trouble with Halloween because there are so many things that are unexpected. Who is going to appear on the other side of the door? What are they going to look like, will their voice be loud? There is a lot of noise with so many kids running around at the same time. Sometimes lit pumpkins or other Halloween decorations can be scary. Also, as the article points out, sensory issues can make costumes a nightmare. The TV show Parenthood had a great episode where they were teaching Max how to trick or treat. It’s not for everyone, but it does provide a way for kids with autism to become more involved in their community.This article on how to help a child with autism get used to changes in their routine may help prepare kids for Halloween http://www.aspergerssociety.org/articles/05.htm
    I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Halloween!

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