One in 68 Children has Autism
Are you ready to strike up support for QSAC’s programs and services for the autism community?
Join us on Sunday, October 21 for our annual Bowl-for-Autism event and your team might be named this year’s champions!
Register online now at: http://www.qsac.com/bowl.
Your registration includes two games, bowling shoes, a hot dog, and a soda. Last year, the bowl-a-thon was sold out, so register today before it’s too late.
All of the funds raised from this year’s bowl-a-thon will benefit QSAC’s educational, recreational, habilitation, and family support services for more than 5,000 people.
The Huffington Post recently posted an article, “Evidence For Value Of Autism Treatment In Teens Is Weak, Report Finds”, which discusses the lack of research in the area of effective treatments for older students and adults with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is suggested that in the next ten to twenty years, more funding will go into this research. Parents are advised to continue to advocate and push for more studies targeting treatments for adolescents and adults with an ASD.
A new government report confirms what many parents of teens with autism have long suspected: There is little scientific evidence backing up the current treatments used for autism spectrum disorders in older children and young adults.
“What we found was a dramatic lack of evidence for any kind of interventions,” said Julie Lounds Taylor, an assistant professor of pediatrics and special education at Vanderbilt University and lead author of the paper.
“It was not a surprise,” Taylor continued. “There’s not very much research in general focused on adolescents and adults with autism.”
Click here to read the article in its entirety.
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The tiny elephant sits on the edge of our dining room table next to the “3” scrawled in permanent marker. On the hutch sits the pig, the pirate, and the guinea pig next to the scawled “3A6.” The wooden figure that my son Alex swiped from his Saturday rec program, a blind Chinese man that he called “Uncle Rob,” sits on the right side of the entertainment unit next to the “2016” in black numeric stickers I bought at Staples because I thought Alex deserved a gift. To the left sit the plastic lion and lioness, flanked by the tiger, the big elephant, the rhino and the turtle.
My wife Jill values all this furniture. The dining room table was her mother’s. The hutch and entertainment unit are Danish Modern and belonged to her beloved aunt and uncle, now long gone.
The stuffed moose and lobster are next to the “310” on one side of our coffee table. One rubber duck and “1168” in stickers sits on the other. The other sides feature the plastic cat, the plastic salamander and another rubber duck. The lamp table, the walls.
“Alex, cut it out!”
Autism and Destruction seem to go together like Peanut Butter and Chocolate (Googling “autism” and “destruction” nets 2.2 million hits; “chocolate” and “peanut butter” 26.3 million, but you get the idea.) Alex has had his obsessions: black T’s, khakis, videos and YouYube on the iPad.
Fine, except the other night at dinnertime when he hovered around the table. “Alex, chicken?”
No. He bumped me aside and tried to position the tiny plastic elephant right where I wanted my stuffing. “Alex, I’m eating!” He doesn’t eat like we do. If we’d been better parents he would eat like we do now, but we weren’t so he doesn’t.
He doesn’t hesitate to pull out permanent Marks-A-Lot, either, and scrawl the numbers that mean something to just him beside the plastic animals on the edges. On the walls he uses crayons and pencils, which at least will vanish under Goo-Gone. “Lock up the pencils!” Aunt Julie suggests, taking time out of assisting her blind Chinese husband Robert. I picture a padlocked cage like you see at Michael’s where they keep the X-ACTO knives and the airplane glue.
On the walls Alex has pasted “Sesame Street” stickers and scrawled numbers. On the door of the linen closet he’s pasted a “1” and a “2” and scrawled what looks like two lines of “R’s”. Is it right that I call it “scrawled?” It makes him sound stupid, which I’m coming to see he’s not. Just unknowable. When we get around to scrubbing the stuff off the walls, we will make him help us. That will make us good parents.
Jeff Stimpson lives in New York with his wife Jill and two sons. He is the author of Alex: The Fathering of a Preemie and Alex the Boy: Episodes From a Family’s Life With Autism (both available on Amazon). He maintains a blog about his family at jeffslife.tripod.com/alextheboy, and is a frequent contributor to various sites and publications on special-needs parenting, such as Autism-Asperger’s Digest, Autism Spectrum News, the Lostandtired blog, The Autism Society news blog, and An Anthology of Disability Literature (available on Amazon). He can also be found on LinkedIn and on Twitter @Jeffslife.
QSAC is a New York City and Long Island based nonprofit that supports children and adults with autism, together with their families, in achieving greater independence, realizing their future potential, and contributing to their communities in a meaningful way by offering person-centered services.
QSAC pursues this mission through direct services that provide a supportive and individualized setting for children and adults with autism to improve their communication, socialization, academic, and functional skills.