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April 19, 2021

Man with Autism Shot and Possibly Paralyzed After Encounter with Law Enforcement

Family Maintains that Deputies Had Knowledge of His Condition Isaias Cervantes, a 25-year-old Cudahy man with autism, recently experienced a mental health crisis at home. His family needed assistance managing his behaviors, which may have involved assaulting a family member.  They called 911 for help. According to Cervantes’ sister and the family attorney, the Los […]

April 19, 2021

Sensory Sensitivities Linked to Sleep Disturbances in Preschool Children with ASD

Study Finds Sleep Quality Related to Sensory Issues, Not Cognitive Abilities or Autism Severity  An Israeli autism sleep study focusing on young children has come to a surprising conclusion. Sleep disturbances experienced by preschoolers are tied to sensory sensitivities and not linked to their cognitive abilities or even the severity of their autism symptoms. Previous […]

April 19, 2021

Age 6 Could Represent a Key Developmental Point for Kids with Autism

Study Finds 2 Trajectories: Continuously Improving & Improving then Plateauing Researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada have recently found that the severity of autism traits decrease for most children on the spectrum from age 3 to 6. Sadly, their new long-term study also shows that this positive developmental trajectory does not hold steady. Progress […]

April 19, 2021

Biden Administration Takes A Big Step Towards Fully Funding the IDEA

New Budget Request Includes $15.5 B for Special Education Services President Biden sent Congress a preliminary glimpse at his new budget request earlier this month. The request provides a blueprint for his administration’s priorities concerning discretionary spending for the 2022 fiscal year. The President’s $1.52 trillion plan increases domestic spending by 16% and features more […]

April 12, 2021

Community Shares | April 13th

Community Shares: The FDA just approved an ADHD medication for children ages 6 to 17 that is neither a stimulant nor a controlled substance. In a late-stage study funded by the manufacturer, the drug, Qelbree, reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 50% in research participants. However, Qelbree does carry a warning for potential suicidal thoughts and […]

April 12, 2021

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Programs Prove Beneficial for Children on the Spectrum

Improvements Detected in Social Interactions and Communication Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) have been viewed as an alternative therapeutic approach for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Previous research has recognized AAI as a structured and goal-directed intervention that connects kids on the spectrum to nature, the environment, and animals.  Now, a new study out of China […]

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