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Autism in the News – 11.18.11

Teens with autism face major obstacles to social life outside of school, study finds (Washington University in St. Louis)
Hanging out with friends after school and on the weekends is a vital part of a teen’s social life. But for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), social activity outside of school is a rarity, finds a new study by Paul Shattuck, PhD, autism expert and assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Read more.

Part 2 of autism series: Mother tries to give her child a voice (Australia)
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a four-part series showing how a community is fighting back against autism. Read more.

iPads and Autism (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Do you consider the i-Pad to be a miracle device?  While the apple technology is changing the way people listen to music, watch movies, and search the web; it’s also changing the way students with autism are able to participate and interact in the classroom.  Students at University Place Elementary school received over 30 i-Pad’s last year, and while any student in the school can benefit from using the devices, some of the special needs classes have regular seasons with i-Pads and their teachers. Read more.

The Fight Over Vaccines and Autism, Continued (The New York Times)
If the title of your documentary is “The Greater Good,” shouldn’t you at least define what that is? Apparently not, as this emotionally manipulative, heavily partial look at the purported link between autism and childhood immunization would much rather wallow in the distress of specific families than engage with the needs of the population at large. Read more. 

More Local Charities Offering Holiday Cards (SunsetHills-Crestwood Patch)
An optimistic cartoon character grills steaks with his Christmas coal on TouchPoint Autism Service’s holiday card. Credit TouchPoint Autism Services. Read more.

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  1. November 19, 2011 at 2:52 am

    I can relate to the first article about teens not having a social life outside of school (or probably not much in school, either.) Until my senior year of high school, I was the kind of kid who would go home and spend hours on the computer, and be jealous when my brothers went out. It was hard not having friends or social activities, although I did have many online friends, fortunately. I think arranging after school group activities that are geared to include both those with ASD and typical kids would be the best way of bridging this type of divide. This article provides some strategies that might help http://www.aspergerssociety.org/articles/31.htm . It is good to see attention being brought to this issue.

  2. Ileana Morales
    November 20, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Hi my son is an 18 year old teen with high functioning Autism….and he didn’t have any social life outside the school; he was frustrated,he was aggressive…so, I started a small club, with all of my son’s friends from school. I take them to the movies,the mall, bowling…we have pool parties,dancing parties…now, they keep texting each other,they have boyfriends/girlfriends…they are happy!!!.

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