Be a 15 Minute Advocate – Support the Restraint and Seclusion Bill!

COPAA-News is a service of The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. and may be shared with others. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Be a 15 Minute Advocate! Tell Congress: Support Restraint and Seclusion Bill! Make sure it protects all children, in public and private school. On FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, WE WILL KICK OFF A WEEK OF ADVOCACY TO ASK CONGRESS TO COSPONSOR AND SUPPORT THE PREVENTING HARMFUL RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION IN SCHOOLS ACT (H.R. 4247 AND S. 2860). Dial 202-224-3121 (TTY 202-225-1904) {Read More}

DSM-V Autistic Disorder 299.00 Diagnostic Criteria

The American Psychiatric Association has published the proposed draft revisions for the DSM-V, which is scheduled to be published in 2013. Included in the proposed changes is a new set of diagnostic criteria for Autistic Disorder – 299.00 The term “Autism Spectrum Disorder”, which is commonly used by parents and autism professionals, will also be used as a synonym for Autistic Disorder. The following is the proposed revision diagnostic criteria for Autistic Disorder in the DSM-V: Must meet criteria 1, {Read More}

Rethink Autism – ABA Therapy at Home

I don’t usually copy and paste press releases in their entirety but I thought this may be of interested to The Autism Education Site readers that use ABA therapy in their child’s treatment regime. Parents of Children With Autism Worldwide Can Now Help Their Children Learn at Home In the past, parents of children with autism worldwide had little hope of finding effective and affordable treatment services for their child. Today, parents are discovering that they can now easily apply {Read More}

Childhood Bullying, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Perception

I recently read through a study that looked at not only the prevalence of childhood bullying of adolescents on the autism spectrum but also the perception of bullying acts by the child on the spectrum. Yes, children on the autism spectrum, including those with Asperger’s Syndrome, do experience a higher rate of childhood bullying. However, there are also perception problems. Children on the autism spectrum often have difficulty with Theory of Mind. This difficulty causes some children to misinterpret bullying {Read More}

New Study Examines Early Functional Play and Autism

A new research study has been published as an online preview in The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. In the new study, researchers conducted a 4-minute observation of 18 month old siblings of children with autism and a typically-developing control group. Differences in early functional play were noted among the siblings that eventually received an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Overall, the survey showed that infant siblings of children on the autism spectrum that eventually went on to receive an {Read More}

Support the Arizona Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force – SB1181

Tomorrow, the Arizona State Senate Health Committee will hear SB1181 – the Arizona Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force – for the first time. The hearing is scheduled for 9:00 am. If you live in Arizona, contact your State Senator to show your support for this task force. Details about the purpose of the task force follow. REFERENCE TITLE: autism spectrum disorder task force State of Arizona Senate Forty-ninth Legislature Second Regular Session 2010 SB 1181 Introduced by Senators Aguirre, Leff: {Read More}