"It was Joey who took up the most room in the family of five. She was autistic and did not speak. She had apraxia, a central nervous system disorder that impaired her movement. She sometimes struggled with balance, and would often trip and fall. But she was affectionate, sweet, and funny, and communicated in her own way."
Too sad for words.
"A new genetic test may lead to a more accurate diagnosis for individuals with autism spectrum disorder by looking at key genetic markers.
"Geneticists say that a more accurate diagnosis leads to better treatment and support because families know more about what they're dealing with. The new test is a product of a Utah company called Lineagan."
"Michael Paul, Lineagan, said genetic testing makes sense for autism and related conditions.
"'Autism at its base is highly genetic in nature,' he said. 'Some studies have estimated that up to 70 to 80 percent of autism is genetic in nature. That doesn't mean there's not environmental component."'
I guess these people didn't heard about study of 400 twins in 2011 that showed genetics was only about 37 percent of the risk factor. No matter, it's more people making a living off of the autism disaster.
"A sudden regression is one common sign of autism. While Elijah seems to be developing nicely, his parents are watching closely for signs of backsliding."
'For unknown reasons, ASDs are almost five times more common among boys than girls. It can be hereditary but it also appears in families where there is no history of the disorder."
More of the mystery of autism. Sudden regression. Loss of speech. That 's just the way it is. I did post comments. They haven't appeared yet.
"The School Committee plans to vote Monday on a $24.6 million budget that would increase school spending by more than 2.5 percent for the first time since fiscal 2006. Since then, annual changes in the school budget have ranged from a decrease of 1.7 percent to an increase of 2.2 percent, said School Committee chairman Andrew Mackie. The proposed budget for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1, would raise spending by 6.8 percent, he said. About $96,000 would be used to start a program at the elementary level for students with autism. Over the long term, he expects the program will save Norton money on out-of-district placements while allowing students to stay close to home. Mackie said other increases are necessary to protect the district from federal budget cuts that will occur if Congress does not act by March 1. He hopes the town will receive an increase in state education funding, he said."
Notice this little info piece only mentioned ONE SPECIFIC BUDGET ITEM: AUTISM.
"The Brentwood Union School District suspended Superintendent Merrill Grant. The decision came after a four hour special meeting on Friday. The board did not say why Grant was put on leave.
"On Thursday, the state revoked the credential of district teacher Dina Holder, who was convicted of kicking a student with autism three years ago."
I was struck by the casual sound of this: a teacher "who was convicted of kicking a student with autism." It took three years to revoke her credentials?
"OU is one of several schools focusing on graduating more therapists. Those therapists will one day work with autistic children and families struggling to find services."
So nice that MI is worried about providing for all the kids with autism. I wish they'd ask where they're all coming from and families are struggling. I posted several comments.
"As the mother of an autistic son, I've grappled with whether it's morally or medically right to talk about 'curing' autism."
Most of us would challenge everything about this story, from the claim that autism is a "genetic disorder" to the speculation that we don't need a cure. Why would anyone not want this condition cured? Why should we be so willing to surrender to autism? I posted 13 comments to make sure more views were being heard.