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Back to School- the Top 10 Metro Areas for Autistic Children

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

 

 

Autism Speaks cites best US Cities: An autism community of over 800 partook in a new online survey led by Autism Speaks, proving that the best places to live with autistic children are in the metro.

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Metropolitan areas are most autism-friendly

You might think you live in one of the best cities for autistic children, but it only became official recently, when one of the country’s most famous (and controversial) autism advocacy groups revealed the findings of a recent online poll.

Conducted through Survey Monkey, families in 48 states and the District of Columbia who utilize services for their autistic children gave their two cents, anonymously telling it like it is.

Support for Parents of Autistic Children

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Deciding factors

Here are the deciding factors that influenced their vote on the best…and worst areas for children with autism:

Availability of services and resources

Hands down, what matters most to parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a selection of autism programs, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), The Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH), and Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based (DIR)

Satisfaction with the educational services

The ability of a learning program to mainstream autistic children into regular public school classrooms, provide a safe, enriching environment, and raise their IQ level was a point of contentment among most parents.

Distance from extracurricular programs

Parents who had to drive a long time in order to access after-school and weekend therapies, counseling services, or medical clinics for autism were the most dissatisfied with their living areas.  Among the worst overall states listed were Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, Florida, Michigan, and California.

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Flexible work schedule:

Employers in metropolitan areas tend to most accommodating to parents of autistic children, particularly when work timetables sometimes conflict with their parental duties.

Access to medical services

Parents feel better knowing that quality medical care is within the vicinity, where mothers who had to drive an hour into town for a doctor appointment tended to be the most disgruntled.

Recreational areas

Family fun time is a vital, therapeutic part of every child’s life, including children on the autism spectrum.  Large cities have more opportunities for autism-friendly outings, such as sensory-friendly movie showings, public pools, children’s libraries, and handicapped parks.

6 Great Diets for Autistic Children

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And the 10 best American cities to live in with autistic children are:

  1. New York
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Chicago
  4. Cleveland
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Boston
  7. New Jersey
  8. Minneapolis/St. Paul
  9. Seattle
  10. Milwaukee

10 Fun, Easy and Cheap Summer Activities for Autistic Kids

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Related reading:

Autism Videos for Kids, Teens and Parents: You Tube’s Top 10

8 Great Tracking Devices for Autistic Kids, GPS+

Celebrities for Autism Awareness Month

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Sources:

Lovaas Blog – ABA Treatment for Children with Autism  – Lovaas

Best States with Services for Autism

The 10 Best Places to Live if You have Autism

‘Best’ Places to Live With Autism All in Major Metro Areas: Survey

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New Music Video Game Engages Autistic Children

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Guitar Heroes for Kids with Autism

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A musical video game which uses the same technology as Guitar Heroes may be used in special-needs classrooms as an educational autism treatment.

Designed by John Steven, graduate of the University of Abertay Dundee, the newly publicized computer kids game teaches young students with autism spectrum disorder about basic colors and shapes in a visually appealing, non-intimidating atmosphere.

Music and colors soothe children with autism

In this interactive game, players are persuaded to click on keys which correspond to various geometric shapes; children are rewarded with different musical chords at each click, depending on which shape they choose. With each correct answer, a virtual flower begins to grow and eventually bloom by the end of the game. Studies have found that children with autism learn better with programs which incorporate melodies, colorful images, repetitive movements and positive reinforcement. The video game utilizes similar guidelines, followed by many popular forms of autism therapy which help children learn to relax and focus in the classroom.

In a world which is filled with many limitations and “can’t do’s,” John’s video game is a breath of fresh air for autistic children who rarely feel a sense of control in the classroom. Whether at home or at school, special needs children are able to complete each simple, progressive goals and feel a sense of accomplishment while, at the same time, learning important developmental skills.

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Filling the video game void for children with autism

The video game was introduced at the university’s Creative Sound Production Graduation Ceremony.

John Steven was influenced by his mother, who has worked with special-needs children in the classrooms. He laments that similar educational video games for autistic children are practically non-existent.

But don’t expect to see his invention on the video game market just yet. “There’s so much more work to do, from testing and developing the game further to finding a company to work with to build a prototype controller. This is just the start,” he says.

For information about how autistic children can benefit from vitamin B12 supplements, please read Autism, B12 and Your Child

More good reads:

10 Great iPad Apps for Autistic Children

Top 10 Children’s Books Which Raise Autism Awareness

Celebrities for Autism Awareness Month

Sources:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110526064340.htm

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/Living/Digital/article/14289/game-for-autistic-children-features-at-abertay-digital-graduate-show.html

http://treatments4autism.blogspot.com/2011/05/music-game-for-children-with-autism.html

http://www.abertay.ac.uk/about/news/newsarchive/2011/

Autism, B12 and Your Child

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Autism, B12 and Your Child.

A correlation between malabsorption of vitamin B12 and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been confirmed by numerous clinical studies; varying forms of B12 have been tested as possible anecdotes for some of the symptoms of ASD, if not as a 100% cure for the condition. However, the use of vitamin B12 as a treatment for autism is slowly emerging as a superior option.

According to DAN physician Dr. Jaquelyn McCandless, B12 is 80-90% effective in treating children with autism spectrum disorder.

How Can B12 Help My Child?

Visual Acuity

In a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, researchers found a high incidence of partially reversible optic neuropathy in autistic children who were “picky eaters.”  When given vitamin B12, a nutrient which was missing in their diets, a marked improvement in visual functioning was observed.

Brain Development

Vitamin B12 aids in myelination, the production of a protective layer around the brain known as the myelin sheath. Vitamin B12 also influences production of neurotransmitters which carry messages between the nervous system and the rest of our body.

Are There Side Effects?

One of the dilemmas in obtaining proper feedback regarding B12 as a treatment for children with autism has been the accompanying side effects; though short-lived, many parents are hesitant to wait out the effects while the body adjusts to the new medication.  Side effects can include hyperactivity, disturbance of sleep schedule and mouthing of non-food items.

Parents are advised to allow 5 weeks for B12 therapy to take effect.  It is important to continue to observe your child’s behavior during these initial 5 weeks and not making any changes to their diet.

Source:

National Center for Biotechnology Information (PubMed)

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