The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that autism rates have increased by 30 percent, and 1 in 68 children had an autism spectrum disorder in 2010. The numbers have surged since the 2012 report, which released statistics for 2008 at 1 in 88 children.
Click here to read about the rise in US autism rates.
Twenty-eight people closely associated with Ohio State University now have the mumps. The victims include 23 students, one staff member and four others who have ties to the university.
The illnesses were documented from Feb. 11 to March 12 and sufferers range from age 18 to age 48. It is unclear whether they were unvaccinated as vaccination is not an admissions requirement . . .
Click here to read about mumps outbreak at Ohio State University.
Peter Lanza, father of Sandy Hook school shooter, Adam Lanza, recently granted an interview to The New Yorker. There were no great revelations on why Adam Lanza killed his mother, 20 children, six adults and then himself. More questions were raised than answers found, but a statement in which the father says he wishes his son had never been born is telling and problematic . . .
Click here to read about The New Yorker exclusive interview with Sandy Hook shooter’s father, Peter Lanza.
Author’s note: This is the fourth installment in an occasional series of reports meant to separate Asperger’s syndrome myths from facts and assist those who love and care for AS-affected individuals.
Asperger’s syndrome (AS) is a neurodevelopmental, autism spectrum disorder that affects certain areas of the brain, mainly the parts that regulate speech and communication. Although the fifth edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM-5) no longer classifies AS as distinct from other autism spectrum disorders, clinicians continue referring to children with symptoms like the ones described here as having AS, and the term AS is used throughout this report . . .
Click here for suggestions on how to help a child who has Asperger’s Syndrome.
Temple Grandin is a Colorado State University professor, an animal scientist and the “rock star” of the cattle industry. If you want to know about cows, animal welfare or the slaughter industry, Grandin is the go-to person. She was also diagnosed with classic autism at age two and is an advocate for autism research and treatment . . .
Read about Temple Grandin’s thoughts on autism research.
Although the 2013 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5), which will be released on May 27, has eliminated a distinct category for Asperger’s syndrome (also known as Asperger’s disorder), the writer will continue writing about Asperger’s syndrome. Why? Out of respect for Aspies (how AS individuals describe themselves) who owned the “label,” identified with it and formed a supportive community for themselves . . .
Click here to read more about Asperger’s Syndrome. A link to Part I of the series is embedded in the full article text.
US school children are being diagnosed with some form of autism at the rate of 1 in 50, according to a new Center for Disease Control study. Authors of the government study say this is due to better detection–not environmental factors . . .
Read about the CDC’s new study on autism.
Jmyha Rickman, an 8-year-old autistic student at Lovejoy Elementary School in Alton, Ill., was jailed for over two hours by Alton police because of tantrum behavior. She was assigned to a special behavior disorder classroom, and school officials called the police when she reportedly spun out of control . . .
Click here to read about how school officials and Alton, Ill. police maltreated an 8-year-old autistic child.
This is the first in a series of articles which will separate the myths from the facts on a type of autism many had not heard of until recently — Asperger’s Syndrome (also known as Asperger’s Disorder).
It was reported that the Connecticut school shooter, Adam Lanza, was diagnosed with AS, and many mistakenly assume AS predisposes an individual to violent behavior which is not true. AS is not a mental illness; it is a form of autism, often referred to as high-functioning autism . . .