Hair Sensitivities Were an Important Clue to Late-Onset Autism

By Elayne Pearson, C.A.S., Special-needs Preparedness Specialist, is an award-winning writer, poet, presenter, advocate, author, and actress.

Sometimes sensitivity to touching hair, touching the face, or putting inanimate objects that might put pressure on the hair or face can be a sign of late-onset autism. In our case, this was particularly confusing until we figured out what was going on.

It can also be quite stressful. Continue Reading →

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Why Autism Certification is Crucial for Critical Access Hospitals

Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) play a significant role in providing primary and preventative care in rural areas that are underserved. Currently, there are 4,500 RHCs and 1,350 CAHs nationwide.

It is critical that these facilities are able to provide services for people on the autism spectrum, as this is a huge area of need in this country.

“In addition to a diminished presence of and access to minimally adequate care for rural areas, there is a lack of evidence-based practices for identifying and providing services for individuals with ASD (Rhoades et al., 2007). This combination of factors contributes to a variety of unfavorable outcomes for affected children who live in rural locations, such as delays in developmental screening and diagnosis as well as fewer available interventions, which can lead to comparatively worse educational and functional outcomes.”- Rural Trends in Diagnosis and Services for Autism Spectrum Disorder, NCBI Continue Reading →

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Law Enforcement and Autism: Why it’s an Issue and What to Do

People with autism commonly come in contact with law enforcement and first responders for a number of reasons, and are five times more likely to be incarcerated than the general population according to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“Training for first responders on autism on how to interact with individuals with an autism diagnosis is critical,” said Scott Badesch, former president/CEO of Autism Society of America. “Effective training creates a productive partnership among those impacted by autism and first responders to assure the safety and well-being of all.” Continue Reading →

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How to Specialize in Autism without a BCBA Outside the US

A number of countries that did rely on BCBAs for treating people with autism will have to evaluate other viable options. With the prevalence and awareness of autism increasing substantially worldwide, many countries are not well prepared to serve this population.

People with autism vary significantly in how autism impacts them and the way they perceive the world, making it important to have qualified experts that truly understand autism to treat them. However, having qualified practitioners is a very common problem, especially across lower and middle-income countries throughout the world:

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BCBAs Soon Not Being Certified Outside U.S.: What Certification Now?

A number of countries who relied on BCBAs for treatment for autism and other related disorders will have to find another alternative.

This article explores the prevalence of autism worldwide, the lack of diagnosis and treatment options in many countries, and why the BACB decided to make the decision. The next article focuses more on what these countries can do if they are looking for alternatives. Continue Reading →

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An Autism Perspective: Why Childhood Jobs are Important

By Anita Lesko, BSN, RN, MS, CRNA

Both Temple Grandin and I share a lot of opinions about how important what we do in childhood can be in forming us as people.

I have the good fortune to be a friend of Dr. Temple Grandin, a self-advocate for autism who became one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2010 for her accomplishments with revolutionizing the meat processing industry through her unique understanding of helps to soothe and de-stress cattle. Continue Reading →

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Hospitals: Effectively Communicate and Treat Autism Patients

By Anita Lesko, BSN, RN, MS, CRNA, CAS (and proudly on the autism spectrum)

Communicating with patients who have autism spectrum disorder is a constant challenge for people in medicine, even if they don’t always know how big of a challenge it is.

Why Don’t Medical Professionals Know How to Communicate with these Patients?

Lack of specific training and knowledge in the healthcare field is constantly leading to people with autism not being diagnosed or treated properly as well as often avoidable situations that impede timely or effective care. Continue Reading →

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How Doctors not Understanding Autism can Endanger Patients

People on the autism spectrum visit emergency departments far more often than the average person and usually get worse service and outcomes.

 

Individuals with autism are largely given the same treatment as everyone else despite their sensory and perceptual differences, which typically leads to predictably bad outcomes for both the patients and the Emergency Departments, potentially endangering lives. Continue Reading →

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