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Virginia

CARD Hosts CARD Virginia School Open House, For Families of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

CARD will host CARD Virginia School Open House events in the months of February and March for families of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). An Open House will be held on February 9, 14, and 27 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and on March 8, 14, 20, and 26 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The CARD Virginia School is located at 5400 Shawnee Road, Ste. 208 in Alexandria. Light refreshments will be served and families will have the opportunity to tour the school and meet with managing staff and teachers.

Childhood Vaccinations and Autism

Childhood vaccination is a controversial topic with high stakes in the field of autism. The danger in declaring a positive association between autism and vaccinations that is based on unsound research methods, like those described above, is that other findings that are grounded on more solid research methods may be discarded as a result. No matter what your beliefs are in regards to vaccinations, I urge you to take caution when interpreting the results of this study.

The American Psychiatric Association’s Proposed Revision of the Diagnostic Criteria for Autism

While these are very real concerns, they do not take away from the scientific evidence that the disorder is best described as falling along a spectrum and that the APA’s revised diagnostic criteria likely offers a more accurate clinical definition of the disorder. As we move forward with the revised diagnostic criteria, we will surely run into obstacles; however, in the long run I believe we will have a much more clinically useful definition of autism. I am interested in hearing what you have to say on the matter. What are your thoughts on the APA’s revised diagnostic criteria?

Prenatal Vitamins and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Participants included 278 children with typical development, 288 children with autistic disorder, and 141 children with ASD, ages 24 to 60 months. Via telephone interviews, mothers were questioned retroactively about their consumption of vitamin supplements during the three months prior to conception and throughout the gestational period. Furthermore, blood samples were collected from the families of 232 participants with typical development and 238 participants with autistic disorder. Maternal, paternal, and child blood samples were tested for various one-carbon metabolism gene variations, which have been found in previous research studies to be associated with ASD.

Estimated Prevalence of ASD in South Korea

Due to the severe drop off in participation from those who were qualified to receive diagnostic evaluations but did not, Dr. Kim and colleagues employed methods to adjust for the missing data. For starters, all the children reported in the Ilsan Disability Registry as having ASD were assumed to have it. As for the children enrolled in mainstream education, likelihood of having ASD was predicted based on the data collected from the participants who did undergo diagnostic evaluations, as well as each child’s ASSQ score, sex, and age. Thus, the 1 in 38 statistic that we see reported is based off of these adjusted data, not the actual observed children.

New Therapy Packages Offered In New York

The trusted and dedicated staff from the CARD branch offices of Rochester and Larchmont are now offering packages of exclusive products and services designed for effective treatment, training and evaluation. This six-month contract will provide the following services at a value of $1,000 per month:

AUSTIN AUTISM TREATMENT INSURANCE WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS

Parents struggling with questions regarding insurance coverage for their child’s autism treatment can gain answers by attending the free Autism Treatment Insurance Workshop on June 4th. The CARD hosted workshop will be held at the Austin Public Library inside the Program Room from 11am to 1pm. Attendees must RSVP by June 3 to reserve seats.

Spotlight on Savant Syndrome

Amoako Buachie is a 20-year-old artist from Flatbush Brooklyn, New York, who at the age of 15, was diagnosed as an autistic savant with a special ability to draw. His mother, Akosua, who came to the United States from Ghana 18 years ago, says that he has been “carrying around a pencil since he was three.” Remarkably, Amoako can draw and paint from memory without using reference materials.