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Nature as a Salve for Children With Autism

The intense focus that some kids bring to video games can carry over to being captivated by minute details in the natural world: the sound of a single insect or the texture of a blade of grass.

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Federal Autism Committee To Reconvene After Going Dark For 2 Years

For the first time in years, a federal panel tasked with guiding the nation’s priorities on autism is set to meet. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee will hold a virtual meeting July 21 and 22. The panel is comprised of government officials and members of the autism community and is...

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Green light for diagnostic autism app raises questions, concerns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the okay to an app designed to help clinicians diagnose autism in children, labeling it safe for use. But it’s still unclear whether the technology is effective, researchers say, raising concerns that it could actually disrupt the standard diagnosis process and, in...

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Ed Department Wants Feedback On Discipline Of Students With Disabilities

Students with disabilities often face more disciplinary action at school than other kids and federal officials say they’re looking for ideas about how to put an end to the disparity. The U.S. Department of Education is seeking public comment on discipline in schools serving those in pre-K through high school....

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Nonprofit Aims To Keep Adults With Autism From Falling Off ‘The Cliff’

The Monmouth Ocean Foundation for Children, a nonprofit with a track record of helping youth with special needs, is launching The Achieve Academy for Adults with Autism. Located at Brookdale Community College’s Wall campus, the academy’s goal is to continue the educational experience for those with autism beyond age 21,...

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FDA Approves Device To Help Detect Autism

Federal regulators authorized a first-of-its-kind device to help primary care doctors determine whether or not a child has autism, potentially allowing kids to be diagnosed far sooner by avoiding lengthy waits for specialists.

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