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Girl With Autism Tells Fellow Students ‘I Am Like You’ In Powerful Speech

One girl broadcasted some perspective to her fellow students.  Keira Meikus, a 9-year-old student at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School in Homewood, Alabama, was diagnosed with autism when she was 4 years old, ABC News reported. In honor of April’s Autism Awareness Month, the fourth-grader recently delivered a powerful …

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Parents of special needs children to be paid caregivers in NY State

Starting in April of 2016, the Social Services law will be amended in NY State to allow for parents of their adult child to be paid under the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) , as long as the parent is not also named as the designated representative. This is …

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Early signs of autism

It can be hard to tell if a child has autism because many children without the condition have some of the same behavior. Most children with autism spectrum disorder don’t get a diagnosis until they’re 4 or older. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says that it’s possible to …

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Altering the Course of Stress for the Special Needs Child

Altering the Course of Stress for the Special Needs Child Diane L MacDonald, M. Ed., NLP CP, RYT 200 Founder and Creator of Sensory YogaPlay We talk often about stress in adults but we forget that childhood can be stressful too. Many children, particularly those with special needs, suffer with …

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Helping Children who Stutter

Helping Children who Stutter by Lori Melnitsky, MA CCC-SLP Speech/Language Pathologist Stuttering is often a mystery to parents as well as the general population. Some children start and  suddenly stop.   Others persist and the exact cause is unknown.  What is it? Stuttering is an interruption in the normal flow of …

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Advocates Press Congress To Address Wandering

  Chase Dias, who has autism, stands in the field he wandered into in 2005 when he was 2. Advocates are pushing for federal legislation to address wandering among children with the developmental disorder. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/TNS) Several disability advocacy groups are banding together to call for federal action …

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IRS Proposes Rules For New ABLE Accounts

    Six months after a federal law paved the way for tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities, officials are providing details on how they expect the new program to operate. In a proposed rule issued Monday, the Internal Revenue Service unveiled guidelines for the Achieving a Better Life …

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Calming Chair For Kids On The Spectrum May Be Headed To Market

  Joshua Jackson, who has autism, finds comfort in the Sensory Lounger. The chair, which is designed to provide a soothing, full-body hug much like Temple Grandin’s “squeeze machine” may soon be widely available. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/TNS)     KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the year and a half …

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New DNA Test Highly Accurate In Detecting Down Syndrome

  In a study of nearly 16,000 pregnancies, researchers found that a prenatal blood test called Harmony is far more accurate than standard screening methods at detecting Down syndrome. (Thinkstock) A new prenatal blood test that’s becoming increasingly popular is extremely accurate in detecting Down syndrome very early in a …

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Teen With Autism, Family Booted From United Airlines Flight

A United Airlines flight bound for Portland, Ore. made an emergency landing in Salt Lake City amid crew concerns about the behavior of a passenger with autism. A mom plans to sue after her family, including a daughter with autism, was kicked off a United Airlines flight to Portland, Ore. …

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