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Seven keys to an effective autism education program
Seven keys to an effective autism education program

With incidences of reported autism increasing exponentially, educators are struggling to accommodate the needs of this growing population of students. But some key steps, including individualized assessments and data tracking,…


Maryland mom kills son, self over school costs
Maryland mom kills son, self over school costs

Ben Barnhard had reason to be optimistic this summer: The 13-year-old shed more than 100 pounds at a rigorous weight-loss academy, a proud achievement for a boy who had endured…


Panel: How to improve special ed
Panel: How to improve special ed

As the push for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) increases, leaders in the field of special education recently debated whether the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act…


Researchers aim for earlier autism diagnoses
Researchers aim for earlier autism diagnoses

With autism diagnoses on the rise, autism awareness organizations are banding together to increase early detection and education practices for students with the disorder.


Journal retracts 1998 paper linking autism to MMR vaccine

A prominent British medical journal on Feb. 2 retracted a 1998 research paper that set off a sharp decline in vaccinations after the paper’s lead author suggested that vaccines could…


FETC 2010: Training & Consulting
FETC 2010: Training & Consulting

AutismPro said Vermont’s Rutland City Public Schools has incorporated its software to support its autism and special-needs intervention program. AutismPro provides access to online professional development, thousands of research-based instructional…


Autism ‘clusters’ linked to parents’ education

National Public radio reports that clusters of children diagnosed with autism tend to occur in places where parents are older, more educated, and white, according to a study by researchers…


Software helps students with autism

Using software that includes both on- and off-computer activities led to significant gains in the communication and social skills of students with autism, a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)…


Technology plays a key role in autism support

Faced with limited budgets and special-education staff that are stretched thin, many districts are turning to technology products that can help teach educators about the needs of children with autism,…


One parent’s view: Caring for a child with autism ‘becomes a way of life’

Dan and Carey Tedesco’s son Evan, who is four and a half, was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at just 19 months of age. And even though Evan’s early diagnosis…


Autism education resources

Autism resources for parents, families, and professionals. Including general resources and education materials.


Experts: Prepare now for autism’s rising flood

As the number of school-age children diagnosed with autism continues to rise at an alarming rate, parents and special-education teachers are trying desperately to make school leaders aware of the…


A 21st-century approach to teaching autistic students

In the United States, a child is diagnosed with autism every 21 minutes--a rate that is growing faster than that of any other developmental disorder, according to Virtual Expert Clinics…


Alternative keyboard helps autistic kids communicate

Autism can build a wall of poor communication between those struggling with the condition and their families. While a personal computer can help bridge the divide, the distraction and complexity…


Schools, families clash over autism service dogs

Two autistic elementary school students recently won court orders in Illinois allowing their dogs to accompany them to school. Their lawsuits follow others in California and Pennsylvania over schools' refusal…


Friendship ‘boot camp’ helps autistic teens cope

A new 14-week "boot camp" is helping autistic teens recognize the social cues most of us take for granted every day, enabling them to make new friends and socialize at…


DVD teaches autistic kids what a smile means

It wasn't until Jude met Jenny that the 3-year-old autistic boy understood what happy people look like. Jenny, a green trolley car with a human face, had a furrowed brow…


Brain waves are window into autism language woes

Unique brain wave patterns, spotted for the first time in autistic children, could help explain why they have so much trouble communicating, a new study suggests. Key words: autism children,…


Study shows families’ financial strain from autism

More than half a million U.S. children have autism, with costly health care needs that often put an unprecedented financial strain on their families, national data show. Key words: autism…


Free web browser meant for autistic children

A Las Vegas software developer has created a free web browser designed specifically for use by autistic children.