Monthly Archives: April 2012

Boy with Autism Bullied by Teachers

Stuart Chaifetz plays with his son Akian Photo: Mel Evans / AP

Stuart Chaifetz plays with his son Akian

Stuart Chaifetz put a wire on his 10 year-old son with autism, Aikan and recorded staff in his elementary school in Cherry Hill calling the child “a bastard,” talking about vomiting that morning due to a hangover, and apparently teasing the child to the point where he had a “half-hour meltdown.”  Continue reading



New Autism Treatment Delivery Method: Robot Boy

New Autism Treatment Delivery Method: Robot Boy - Hear Our Voices

Technology is a key area of development for autism treatment. Entrepreneurs at Arlington-based Hanson Robokind aren’t just writing software; they’ve created a new platform to deliver computer based lessons: His name is ‘Zeno’, a 27-inch life like talking robot and it set to be a game-changer in the world of treatment for mid and higher functioning children with autism. Continue reading



City Hall Rally to Save Autism Funding 2012

Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices CEO & Founder Dr. Joshua Weinstein, with SK-HOV staff and students and Council Members Brad Lander, Mark S. Weprin, David Greenfield and Dan Halloran.

Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices CEO & Founder Dr. Joshua Weinstein, with SK-HOV staff and students and Council Members Brad Lander, Mark S. Weprin, David Greenfield and Dan Halloran.

On Tuesday, April 24, New York City Council Member Mark S. Weprin invited Council Members, service providers, and families of children with autism to a rally on the steps of City Hall, in an effort to urge the New York City Council to continue funding for its citywide autism initiative. Continue reading



Psychologist Answers Questions about Autism

Laura Schreibman, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of California, San Diego, answers commonly asked questions about Autism. Schreibman has given presentations at several ICare4Autism Conferences. The next ICare4Autism International Autism Conference is on the 1st & 2nd of August this year.”  Schreibman directs the UCSD Autism Intervention Research Program, a federally funded research program focusing on the experimental analysis and treatment of autism. She is the author of three books and more Continue reading



Screening Questionnaire for Parents Concerned about Autism

For Autism Awareness Month, Healthism.com has posted 3 online check-ups based on research from the University of Cambridge (Autism Research Center) it features symptom screenings, and both a childhood and teen symptoms test. Continue reading



Dining with Autism

Dining with Autism

Going out to eat at a restaurant can be difficult for any family and for a family with a child who has autism, dinner out can include rude stares and harsh comments.

Children diagnosed with autism often exhibit challenging behaviors, some of which can considered disruptive to those around them. Repetitive language and behaviors are classic signs of the disorder and can range in intensity. Continue reading



Responding to a Child’s Autism Diagnosis

Listen to adults with autism. It may be hard to imagine your child with autism as an adult who could offer advice about autism to others, and many parents dismiss adults with autism for that reason. But adults with autism were once children and they went through many of the same things that your child will go through. Reading their writing or meeting them in person will be enormously calming, because it will allow you to imagine a future for your child with autism. Dr Stephen Shore was diagnosed with autism when he was two and a half and now regularly gives workshops at Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices for parents and professionals drawing on his experiences growing up with autism. Continue reading



Researchers, Educators and Policymakers Meet in Jerusalem to Combat Escalating Crisis

ICare4Autism conference call for posters from students in autism research

On August 1-2, 2012, more than 1,500 leaders in autism research, educationand policy from every continent will gather in Jerusalem, Israel, for ICare4Autism‘s 2012 International Conference, “Autism: A Global Perspective“.

Dr.Joshua Weinstein, CEO & Founder indicated that the, “Conference will highlight groundbreaking research into the causes and treatments of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and serve as a catalyst for powerful new collaborations to tackle the global autism crisis”.

Students from around the world are invited to present their autism research at a poster session. One poster will be selected by the review committee to receive a scholarship to attend the Conference.  The scholarship will cover travel, hotel accommodations and conference registration fee. The scholarship winner will also be invited to participate on one of the Conference panels. The Poster Session consists of physical displays (aka posters) of information shown during a 60-90 minute session, with presenters standing by their poster reporting empirical research and pilot projects for future research.  Attendees have the opportunity to speak with the presenters about their work.

Dame Stephanie Shirley, The British Government’s Founding Ambassador for Philanthropy, and Chairman of the Shirley Foundation, will deliver the Keynote Address and The First Lady of Panama Mrs. Marta Linares de Martinelli will be giving opening remarks.

They will be joined by distinguished researchers and practitioners from more than 20 countries who will unveil their latest biomedical discoveries andeducational innovations. Attendees will tour the campus where ICare4Autism will open the world’s first Global Autism Research and Education Center in 2015.



Autism Video Company asks Families for Suggestions

The makers of Be Like Buddy™ are inviting families affected by autism to give suggestions for their 2012 video productions.

Be Like Buddy™ is a new, online video series for children with autism that stars a puppet, who learns important life skills with the help of parents, teachers and visual aids. The first episodes are set to launch in Summer 2012, but what happens next will depend on input received from the autism community. Continue reading



Rally in Support of Autism Awareness

Dr. Joshua Weinstein, President & Founder of Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices addresses the crowd at last years rally

New York City Council Member Mark S. Weprin has invited Council Members, services providers, and families of children with autism to a rally on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at noon, on the steps of City Hall, urging the New York City Council to continue funding for its citywide autism initiative.

The New York City Council’s Autism Initiative has had a powerful impact on the lives of thousands of children and families providing vital services and resources. Council Member Mark S. Weprin along with many other Council Members are proposing that the New York City Council fund the Autism Initiative two million dollars for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Continue reading