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A Parent’s Perspective

Here is a link to the Eastern Carolina Parent Magazine article written by ASNC Parent Advocate, Patti Stanier.  http://eastcarolinaparent.com/?p=229

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee for Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse Services 2009 Scheduled Meetings

The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee for MH/DD/SAS has scheduled  their committee meetings for 2009. Committee meeting dates: October 14, 2009; November 10, 2009 and December 9, 2009 All committee meetings are held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in Room 643 in the Legislative Office Building ( LOB). All meetings are open to the public. If…

Treatment Interventions: What Works? What Doesn’t?

The National Autism Center Reviews Best Practice in Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders… The recently released National Standards Report, issued by the National Autism Center (led by executive director Susan Wilczynski, BCBA), provides a detailed review of the evidence supporting various educational and behavioral treatments for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (under age 22).  Not…

Two Studies at the University of North Carolina

Autism Research – Early Signs Monitoring EARLY DEVELOPMENT STUDY Your child can be monitored from infancy for biological and behavioral characteristics associated with autism. This study is funded by the National Institutes of Health under the direction of Dr. Joseph Piven. We are searching for 100 participants in the South Eastern US who meet the…

Combating Autism Act of 2006 and the Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research…

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) will be having a Scientific Workshop on September 30th and October 1st to update the 2009 IACC Strategic Plan for ASD Research. This meeting will be held in Bethesda, MD, and more information can be found at http://iacc.hhs.gov/. The IACC was established as a result of the Combating Autism…

Organizing for upper grades (middle and high school)…

Here’s advice from my teenage son: Let’s face it. Back to school is never easy. But here are a few hints and tips to help make things easier for when that first day comes around. First off, get to know your teachers. If you can’t arrange a talk with your teacher, at least get a…

2009 Legislative Session Wrap-Up: Health and Human Services

On August 11th 2009, state lawmakers passed a $19 million state budget and adjourned a long and difficult legislative session. Gov. Beverly Perdue signed the state’s $19 billion budget into law with “serious reservations”. The Governor is not alone in her reservations about the final state budget. There is no question that the deep cuts…

Positive Student Profile – Helping Teachers Get To Know Your Child

As the school year begins, it is important to “introduce” your child to his new teachers and other adults that your child encounters at school.  Creating a Positive Student Profile (http://www.cpacinc.org/pdfs/Positive_Student_Profile.pdf) will help you communicate your child’s strengths, interests, successes, as well as the challenges. Autism is a spectrum disorder.  As we like to say,…

School Transportation

Back to School…and transportation Do You Talk to Bus Drivers about Your Child? When we think of communicating with schools about our children with autism, we often think of the principal and teachers. There are many other staff members who come in contact with our children, and bus drivers (or other providers of transportation) are…