Articles Posted in Autism

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By Sara Powell, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney

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day%20cares%2C%20building%20blocks%20.jpgQuest Alliance, a day care center for special needs children located in Phoenix, Arizona, is charged with negligence for the second time after 6-year-old Tanner was left in a hot van, in the middle of the day, for more than an hour.

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By Kevin Leach, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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Virigina.jpgIn Virginia, families of children with autism had succeeded in getting a new bill into the House that would have required many health insurance providers to cover a treatment called “applied behavioral analysis.” But businesses and insurance companies claimed that the costs of the bill would hurt business interests in the state.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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DNA.jpgOxytocin has long been called the “love hormone,” primarily because it is released at childbirth and during sex to aid in human bonding. It is now being used in the United States in a trial on young people with Autism spectrum disorders. Autism is a disorder that is marked by anti-social behavior and repetitive behaviors.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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Brain.jpgThe Saulk Institute for Biological Studies has released a new research report that promises to shed light on both Autism and ADD. It looks at how the mind moves its attention from one thing to another. In the report, researchers outline the functions of the superior colliculus (part of the brain), which is a major component of both selecting what to focus on and the motor functions used when turning one’s head or eyes to look at something.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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Military.jpgAccording to the U.S. Defense Department, around 220,000 service members have dependents with Special Needs. But tending to a Special Needs child can be very difficult for military families. Every time the family is transferred to a different school district, parents must figure out the intricacies of local Special Education policies. For spouses of deployed soldiers, the task becomes even more difficult, as they are often forced to deal with it alone.

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By David M. Baum, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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ServiceDog.jpgAn Illinois Court of Appeals recently upheld the right of an Autistic child, Carter Kalbfleisch, to bring his service dog to school. The court upheld an earlier ruling by the Monroe County Court that allowed the child to bring his autism service dog, named Corbin, to school with him. The Monroe County Court decision had been appealed by the Columbia School District. The School District argued that the dog would be disruptive and that some of the other students might be allergic to it.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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Custody.jpgAutistic children can be hard to control, especially out in public where they may try to run away – sometimes into a busy street. While it is important for an Autistic child’s development to go out in public, parents will need to learn special skills to keep them safe when they do.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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Injection.jpgChelation is perhaps the best know “alternative” therapy for Autism. Defeat Autism Now, an influential Autism advocacy group, calls the treatment “one of the most beneficial treatments for autism and related disorders.” Parents eagerly trade Chelation success stories on websites and chat rooms dedicated to the disorder. Chelation, as a treatment for autism and related disorders, has developed in response to the unproven supposition that Autism is tied to the accumulation of heavy metals, especially mercury, in the body. Treatment can vary considerably in its execution; forms include skin cream, pills, and even intravenous delivery of powerful medications designed to combat severe metal poisoning.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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Numbers.jpgA study released by the University of Washington has shown that an intensive intervention program designed for toddlers with Autism, called the “Early Start Denver Model” can actually improve their IQ, language and social skills. Some of the children involved in the study were even able to attend regular preschool classes. Participants in the study were provided with intensive therapy in all areas of development by trained professionals who worked with the kids one-on-one for 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. The program also included training the parents so that they can reinforce lessons throughout the day.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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Injection.jpgThis past February, the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC handed down decisions in three test cases concerning childhood vaccinations and Autism. Their ruling was that vaccines, specifically the MMR vaccine and any vaccine with Mercury-based Thimerosal as a preservative, do not cause autism. The decision came after nearly ten years of debate and accusations between parents of autistic children and the makers of the childhood vaccines parents believed caused their children’s autism.