Monthly Archives: December 2011

Treating Autism – An Array of Options

Trawling the internet for literature on autism treatments can be a daunting task. As you start digging, you’ll find dozens of options available. As every child’s needs are different, it is nearly impossible to find the “best” treatments.

Below are a selection of some of the most well known and researched treatments most likely to have a positive outcome. However, it is important to remember that often treatment options work best when used in conjunction with others. Trial and error can be the best way to figure out what treatment plan will best suit an individual’s particular issues. Continue reading

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Regent Cashin Supports Shema Kolainu’s Autism Education and Research Goals

On Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Dr. Kathleen Cashin, serving on the Board of Regents along with Dr. Robert Maher, Executive Director of St. Christopher’s Inc., a adolescent development organization visited Shema Kolainu Hear our Voices, a school and center for … Continue reading

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4th Grader Forced Into Ball Bag To “Control His Autistic Behavior”

9-year-old Christopher Baker was forced into a ball bag and the drawstring pulled tight by school employees as a way to “to control his autistic behavior”. His mother said she found him squirming inside as a teacher’s aide stood by.

The case has caused outrage amongst advocates for the autistic, even spurring an online petition calling for the firing of school employees responsible. Continue reading

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Environment Factors in on Autism Causes

The weight of the roles of environmental factors versus genetic factors in the cause of autism has frequently shifted. A study is now suggesting that environmental factors may play a larger role than was previously thought. Continue reading

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Children with Autism Benefit from Training with their Traditional Education Peers

According to the researchers, peer-mediated education and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can provide a better and more resilient outcome than child-focused strategies individually. Continue reading

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Overall Functioning in Adults with Autism Significantly Improves with Antidepressant Treatment

A new study led by Dr. Eric Hollander, Chairman of the Advisory Council of The International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4Autism), demonstrates for the first time that the antidepressant fluoxetine produces an improvement in overall functioning and a decrease in repetitive behaviors in a significant number of adults with autism spectrum disorders. Continue reading

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ICare4Autism and Haifa University Break New Ground in Applied Autism Technology

On November 22, 2011, more than 400 researchers, educators, technologists and parent advocates gathered at the University of Haifa to attend the day-long ICare4Autism Applied Autism Technology Conference to learn about the latest interventions and technological advances now available to help meet the needs of children with autism. Continue reading

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