AUTISM NEWS, MAINLY ABOUT ADULT ISSUES
Autism 'may be missed in girls'
Girls with mild autism are less likely to be identified and diagnosed than boys, a study suggests. Researchers examined 493 boys and 100 girls with autistic spectrum disorders. They found the girls showed different symptoms, and fewer signs of symptoms traditionally associated with autism, such as repetitive behaviour. The researchers, who presented their work to a Royal College of Psychiatrists meeting, said this might mean cases among girls are missed.
All the children were classified
as "high-functioning". They did not
have classic autism, but did have difficulties with socialising and
communication. The researchers, who have yet to publish their research,
that the girls were more likely to have obsessional interests centred
around people and relationships. However, these interests were more
likely to be acceptable to their parents, and therefore tended not to
be reported to doctors.
is caused by a 'supercharged' mind, scientists claim
Research shows people with autism struggle with guessing others' intentions
Studies at Carnegie Mellon University have shed new light on what may be malfunctioning in autistic people's brains. One of the hallmarks of autism is difficulty in social relationships. Children and adults with autism often have trouble making eye contact, interpreting facial expressions and behaving appropriately in social settings. The Carnegie Mellon studies suggest that one of the key problems that underlie such behaviors is that the brain areas that do theory-of-mind processing are badly connected in people with autism. Researchers tested this most recently by asking a group of people with high-functioning autism and another group that did not have the disorder to watch three types of line-drawing animations while lying in a functional magnetic resonance scanner, which can measure blood flow in the brain second by second.
Eyes: A New Window on Mental Disorders
Clues about autism, Williams syndrome and the social brain come from tracking eye movements. An essay in Scientific American. (Subscription needed to read whole article).
An Autistic Student's Journey To College
"Sending your child off to college can be an anxious time for many parents. But for parents of children with a mental illness or learning disability, the transition is especially challenging. One worry is that parents of adult children have no legal standing in their medical care. The story of In Nashville, Tenn., the Diehl family has worked hard to prepare their son for the move from home to college." Click on title to read the full article realted to a NPR radio program.
Healing power of the horse helps man with autism
A good story about the benefits of a therapeutic riding program in New Hampshire for a man of 22 with Asperger's.
Web Exclusive: Survey sponsors seek adults with autism
Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their caregivers are urged to participate in Connecticut’s first state-wide housing needs assessment project to be conducted under the auspices of the Creative Living Community of Connecticut (CLCC). The organization will offer long-term residential and vocational services for adults with autism in a farmstead setting. A state-wide count is being taken to develop a report for advocacy for future services. Parents, service providers and people with ASD ages 16 years and older may participate in the focus groups. The survey is for care givers, service providers and adults with ASD ages 20 years and older. While this survey at www.creativelivingcommunityofCT.org is designed for people in Connecticut, it could be a good model for other groups elsewhere.
The Autism File
A North American edition of The Autism File, the longest running international autism magazine, has been released for distribution to 2000 bookstores in the United States and Canada. The Autism File, published in the UK for over 10 years, is also available in Spain (in Spanish) and Australia. The Autism File’s Scientific and Editorial Advisory Boards are made up of leading autism experts and advocates from around the world.
Bookstores that are stocking The Autism File in the US include many Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books a Million, Universal News in New York and bookstores at four major airports: JFK, Newark, Chicago and San Francisco. Distribution varies by region. In Canada, stores carrying the Autism File will include Chapters, Coles, Indigo, and Presse Commerce and will be on the shelves for a three month period with an initial two week promotion.
The Autism File debuts in the US and Canada with articles from autism experts and advocates such as Dr Wendy Edwards, Dr Stephen Edelson, Dr Elizabeth Mumper, Dr Harry Schneider and Laurie Mawlam from Autism Canada. A panel of scientific experts including Dr Kenneth Bock, Dr Dan Rossignol and Dr Amy Yasko will reply to questions in their column “The Doctor is IN,” (Askthedoctor@autismfile.com). Practical advice is offered by award-winning author Chantal Sicile-Kira in the “Ask Chantal” column. Articles by people on the spectrum, such as Dr Stephen Shore and Dean Beadle, are featured in every issue.
For more information or to subscribe, please visit www.autismfile.com/
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PLAN Institute offers
Weaving the Ties That Bind
Online Training Course for Facilitating Social Support Networks
"Facilitated social support networks are an effective way to address the isolation and loneliness of many people living on the margins of our society. These networks (also known as “circles of friends”) are proven to contribute to the health, safety and well being of individuals who are vulnerable as a result of age, disability or social circumstance."
Click on title for details of availability and to register--for September, October, or November.
Fall 2008, between October
and November 29, in Oshawa
Compassion in Action: Open Mind, Open Heart, Skilful Means
an 8-part introductory seminar series in compassionate practices with Felicia Jervis.
THE HEART OF THE MATTER: Some children and adults express themselves through actions that are at times difficult to understand and support safely. These actions may include: occasional withdrawal or aggressive acts towards self, others and property. These actions must be understood not as challenging behaviors that need to be controlled or eliminated, but rather as communicative acts that often speak of the pain of humiliation and rejection, and a yearning to belong....
Click for full brochure and how to register in the workshop series
Click to read "When children hurt themselves"
Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 730-9pm, in Kitchener
Social Innovation Generation, at the University of Waterloo (SiG@Waterloo, www.sig.uwaterloo.ca), invites you to
Social Innovation Dialogues: Fall 2008 (http://sig.uwaterloo.ca/speakers.html)
Senator Michael Kirby, Chair, Mental Health Commission of Canada www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/
"Social Innovation and the Mental Health Commission of Canada"
Venue: Kitchener Public Library, Main Library, 85 Queen Street North, , ON
Senator Kirby will be speaking about the need for social innovation when striving to change perceptions and attitudes about mental health and mental illness amongst the general public, in policy circles, as well as within the Canadian health care system itself.
THIS EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND. PLEASE RSVP BY EMAILING email@example.com OR CALLING 519 743 0271 ext 255.
October 3-5, 2008, in Ottawa
Family Alliance Ontario Annual Conference
Engaging Families and Building Bridges
Visit the Family Alliance Ontario website at this link for full information, including an important note about booking hotel rooms. http://family-alliance.com/conference.html
Waterloo-Wellington Community Faculty Project
Community Faculty members are adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families. By sharing their personal experiences of living with autism, we hope to increase the general knowledge of and sensitivity to adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Four panelists will discuss the ways that ASD has touched their lives. There will be a question and answer period to conclude the presentation. Displays and information resources will be also available. This event is free of charge and open to all interested community members. We hope you will join us! Click to learn more about Community Faculty in Waterloo-Wellington.
October 7, 2008: 9am-4pm, at Wellington County Museum, between Fergus and Elora
Aging and Developmental Disabilities
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MOVING FORWARD: INCREASING OPTIONS FOR ADULTS WITH ASD LIVING IN
First of a series of information forums for families living in Guelph-Wellington, who are interested in learning about services and increasing life options for adults with Autism. Supported by Kerry’s Place Autism Services. At Kortright Presbyterian Church,
Guest speakers include: Andrea Robinson from Access, Information & Referral, Developmental Services; Elizabeth Bloomfield of Guelph Services for the Autistic; Gail Jones from Kerry’s Place Autism Services; and Dwight Syms, Service Resolution Facilitator for
Child-minding services will be provided on site and light refreshments will be served.
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**For more information and registration, call Wendy Perry at 905-867-6152**
18 October 2008, 8:30-5pm, in Guelph
Hiring Support Workers: First Steps
an all-day workshop presented by Judith McGill
for Families for a Secure Future
Click for full details and how to register
October 22, 23, 24, 2008, in Toronto
Autism 2008 –
The Symposium will provide a cross-section of perspectives on the most recent research and information on evidenced based best practice. All topics of importance to autism intervention will be addressed including bio-medical and neurobiological research,