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Online newsBy Anne Dachel

Mar 4, 2013, Washington Post: Children with autism gain language at greater rate than previously thought

Mar 4, 2013, WLTX: Sumter County TX: Child With Autism Left on School Bus for Hours

Mar 4, 2013, ABC15: Flagstaff NM: Flagstaff police searching for 11-year-old boy with autism

Mar 4, 2013, 11Alive Atlanta: Hail Mary for Autism Bill

Mar 4, 2013, Pharos-Tribune Logansport, IN: Police charge 7-year-old with battery

Washington Post 

"Seventy percent of children with autism who have a history of severe language delays are speaking by the time they are 8 years old, according to a study being published Monday in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The study, by researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders, shows that far more children with autism than previously thought are making significant gains in speech and language after they enter elementary school."

It would be nice if the WP could tell us why SO MANY CHILDREN STOP TALKING IN THE FIRST PLACE. No one ever seems interested in that phenomenon.  I posted a comment.



They get left on buses. They get lost.  It's all part of the mystery of autism.

11Alive Atlanta 

"Of the three bills going to the commission, the autism bill is the only one not to get a hearing.

"The autism bill will get a hearing.

"It will not get a vote.

"Not this time.

"Not this year."

Maybe the GA legislature needs to look at what autism is going to cost the state. For each affected child, the estimates are between 3 and 7 million dollars for lifetime care.

Maybe the GA legislature should be concerned that U.S. health officials can't tell us the cause, cure or prevention for autism.

Maybe the GA legislature needs to be worried that the one in every 88 children with autism (one in every 54 among boys alone) rate could get worse.

Maybe the GA legislature should consider that every child they refuse to help today will eventually be dependent on the taxpayers of their state for their support and care for life.

Maybe the GA legislature needs to realize that experts tell us that 80 percent of autistic Americans are under the age of 18.

We haven't even begun to deal with the autism disaster. Eventually, the state of Georgia won't be able to ignore that health care emergency called autism.

Pharos-Tribune Logansport, IN 

"Police charged a 7-year-old with battery Wednesday after he punched a teacher in the nose.

"The kindergarten student at Franklin Elementary School with a history of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism and psychosis was suspended from school after the incident.

"'We had a teacher that was struck in the nose by a student,' said Franklin principal Hayley LaDow. 'A police report was filed. That police report has been turned over by the police to the prosecuting attorney and that prosecuting attorney is the one that determines whether charges will be filed.'"

The nightmare continues. Look at all the things wrong with this boy. And "he's just thrown into a regular kindergarten."

He functions on the level of a four year old and they put him into a regular classroom?

And interestingly, while he has a medical diagnosis of autism, they refuse to test him so he doesn't have an educational diagnosis. Something is seriously wrong at this school. Every child has a right to a free and appropriate education. There's nothing appropriate about this.

At school, she added, he does not have an autism diagnosis for academic purposes - something she's tried multiple times to change.

"I've gotten denied four times for the testing," said Velasquez.



I think that the school where the 7 year old is charged is just looking for an excuse to get rid of the boy. They knew that they made a mistake by not having him tested then, and this was their way of "making due". All I can say is, It takes stupidity to a new level.

Sue S

The GA autism bill (Ava's law) is up for a hearing next Monday. A few of our legislators wouldn't let it die! Anyone who can be at the Capitol on Monday, March 11 at 1 PM is encouraged to show up and wear RED.

Carter's Daddy

Is there any young offender's act or anything of the sort there? It means no one under a certain age, usually 12, can be charged with a crime.


Hey Anne, I found some more info about the study:

"Data for this retrospective study were from the Simon Simplex Collection (SSC), a unique multi-site database project that gathers biological and phenotypic data on children with ASD aged four- to eighteen-years-old without a previous genetic history of ASD. The database establishes a permanent repository of genetic samples from 2,700 families, each of which has one child affected with an ASD and unaffected parents and siblings. From the SSC, a total of 535 children, ages eight years or older, were studied."

Again, of the 2,700 sample were there only 535 children that were eights years or older? Or, is it a case that there were more but the 535 were preselected as they would yield the best results?


Anne, concerning the article about children with autism gaining language as they age, I think I will wait to read the full study before I refer to it as 'a little good news'. I am particularly troubled by, "the study showed that children with typical nonverbal intelligence scores and those who were interested in engaging in social interactions were most likely to make significant gains in language." Is this another case of high functioning autistics being celebrated for their 'impressive' gains, while little is made of the poor outcomes for low functioning ones?

Jeannette Bishop

They found the boy missing in Flagstaff:



How do you call the police on a 7 year old - any 7 year old - let alone a child with all these diagnoses including psychoses? And then they charge a little kid with battery? These people should be ashamed of their stupidity. What's next? Arresting toddlers for tantrums?

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