By Tanya Lewis
Children with autism who don’t speak could benefit from using pictures to communicate, and having even their small attempts at speaking rewarded, new research suggests.
DENTON (UNT), Texas — A new University of North Texas grant project called Project Start — or Systematic Training for Autism Teachers — will provide on-the-job coaching and full scholarships to special education teachers who are seeking master’s degrees in special education with a concentration in autism intervention, thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Hispanic and African-American children are often diagnosed with autism at older ages. Now, a new advertising campaign aims to raise awareness in an attempt to reverse the trend.
An autistic boy who cannot speak alerted his father to alleged abuse by a teacher by drawing pictures, some featuring stick-figures saying “no” and “help.”
Funding for special education has fallen in recent years, according to a new report which finds that many school districts are spending less per student today than they did in 2008.
It’s back to school time and that means changes in routine for many students with Autism, especially in Early Childhood special education settings. New federal/state regulations and service delivery mandates, budget cuts, and an increasing emphasis on behavior management means that teamwork and collaboration is in, and “pull out” individual therapy in a vacuum is out. New classrooms, new classmates, new teachers, new therapists, and new schedules can all be potential “triggers” that can cause behavioral issues.
An emergency room physician from Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and three university professors are trying to change the way emergency rooms treat patients with autism, as hospitals begin to feel the effects of an exploding population of patients with the perplexing disorder.
Acquisition creates the largest independent credentialing and continuing education organization for professionals in the fields of human services and special needs.