Autism Awarness

April is Autism Awareness Month.

CDC estimates 1in 88 U.S. children has autism

New estimates from the U.S. Centers forDisease Control and Prevention show that roughly 1 in 88 American children hasbeen diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, representing an increase ofmore than 20% over previous estimates. It is unclear why the number ofdiagnoses are on the rise, though some say the higher numbers are attributablein part to changes in strategies for screening, diagnosing and serving childrenwith the disorder. "One thing the data tells us with certainty: There are manychildren and families who need help," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director ofthe CDC.

Earlier this month I saw the heading. I know that in recent months there has been lots of talk about what the medical community isdoing with the DSM and the chages they wish to make to how Autism and otherSpectrem disorders are diagnosed. I have had more students with Autismmainstreamed into my school in recent years and am always looking for whatothers are doing to help students with Autism be successful in their homeschools.

I have added a page with information that has comemy way. Please let me know when links fail to work. As I find current andpowerful information I will add it to the page.

Autism is a hot topic this week in Colorado as weare hosting the CEC National Conference. The Council forExceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professionalorganization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals withdisabilities and/or gifts and talents. They have tons of information forclassroom teachers and parents.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this link.

    I use Conscious Discipline in my classroom and it is amazing! Many of the structures and language of CD has really helped my kiddos who fall on the spectrum. We have a Safe Place in our classroom and it has really helped when the kiddos are feeling overwhelmed. Part of CD works on making eye contact and using gentle touches and some of my kiddos have made HUGE improvements on those skills!

    I am a new follower to your blog and think you are so inspiring. I would be honored if you came to visit me and maybe even followed me back! =)

    Heather's Heart


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