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Saturday, March 29, 2014

April 2014: Autism Awareness Month: What Have We Learned In The Last Year?

What Have We Learned In The Last Year?

There's been a lot of important and significant news affecting individuals with Autism in the past year.  Let's take a few moments to review some of these developments:

  • Last February, a new APP became available for parents of children with Autism. The APP---"My Socius"---was designed to be a digital tutor for parents. The APP is available by calling 402.423.2444. Cost: $24.99.
  • iSTAR program at the University of Utah developed a unique program teaching students with Autism how to use computers in 3-D modeling.
  • The Journal of the American Medical Association reported women who took folic acid four weeks before conception and through eight weeks of their pregnancy were 40% less likely to have a child with Autism.

  • A new study out of the University of Queensland in Australia found that children with Autism increase their positive social behavior around animals.
  • ABC News reported many individuals with Autism were finding jobs in information technology. One reason: those with Autism are able to spot patterns well according to AutonomyWorks
  • Researchers at the University of Toronto reported they were studying the link between Autism and gastrointestinal problems.
  • In early February, USA Today reported Royal Caribbean announced it will be the first Autism friendly cruiseline.
  • Yoga and other uses of calming techniques have proven to be invaluable in calming individuals with Autism prone to exhibiting behavior problems.

  • The New England Journal of Medicine reported  Autism may start in the womb. Brain tissue taken from children who died exhibited patches of disorganization in the cortex. This research appears to support earlier research by UCLA.
  • And just this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported rates of Autism climbed by 30% between 2008 and 2010. It is believed Autism now affects 1 of every 68 eight-year olds, up from 1 in 88 two years ago. 

For Your Bookshelf (Books Recommended Since Last Year)