Of Immediate Interest:
Virginia Tech Autism Clinic – Sibling Study
Through August 31, 2015, the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic in Blacksburg, VA is recruiting siblings of children with autism to participate in a long-distance research study.
Who: Children in grades 1–9 with a sibling with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger’s, or PDD-NOS). Children must currently live in the same home, and sibling without ASD must attend a public or private school. Participating parent must be primary caregiver, but other parent is welcome to participate, too!
What: Phase I: Complete surveys by mail (45-60 minutes). Phase II: Participate in a one-on-one interview by phone or Skype (20-30 minutes). Compensation provided for each phase.
Contact: Tyler Hassenfeldt - or (412) 600-8304
This study aims to better understand the experience of siblings and parents of individuals on the Autism Spectrum. De-identified results will be used in Ms. Hassenfeldt’s dissertation and may be published. Focus groups/interviews will be audio recorded for transcription purposes.
Thank you for considering participation!
Tyler Hassenfeldt, M.S.
Ph.D. Candidate, Virginia Tech Clinical Psychology
Angela Scarpa, Ph.D.
Director, Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research
Co-Director, Virginia Tech Autism Clinic
Local Students with Autism Paint Penguins Mural
Nickolas Wildman joins other autistic students from Pressley Ridge School for Autism, students from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and artists from M.L.K. Mural to paint a mural of the Pittsburgh Penguins greats on the side of a building located across from the Consol Energy Center at the corner of 5th Avenue and Magee Street, Pittsburgh. October, 2014. Nickolas is the son of Davy & Mary Wildman founders of the Autism Society of Butler County.
A Most Responsible Position on Vaccination — Diane Schmitt Nails it!
I would like to contribute my opinion to State Senator Daylin Leach’s intention to introduce legislation to strip philosophical vaccine exemption from the PA code, “Under Pennsylvania bill, exemptions granted on vaccines stand to plummet” http://triblive.com/news/healthnews/7766469-74/leach-pennsylvania-state#ixzz3S41JH1G8.
The state of PA links into the CDC website for its 2015 vaccine schedule. Currently, that vaccine schedule for ages 0-6 consists of 34-35 vaccines, averaging nearly 6 vaccines/yearly for infants/toddler/preschoolers. Two of the recommended vaccines are the DTaP & MMR, both triple combination vaccines. It is combination vaccines, administered in a single injection that is the crux of the ‘anti-vaccer’ argument.
All parents and grandparents want to see their child/grandchild protected, but injecting a triple combination vaccine into a small body with a developing immune system, then injecting additional vaccines into that small body approximately every two months for a 6 year period is neuro-injury roulette.
I implore the medical community and vaccine manufacturers to separate these vaccines and reformat the vaccine schedule with reasonable spacing to minimize neuro-injury risk. To force parents into legislative compliance of this current protocol has every appearance of maximizing profit in the vaccine industry at the expense of Pennsylvania children’s neuro-health.
“Ms. Schmitt’s letter – buttressed by the recent CDC vaccine research reporting scandal and admission of data manipulation – is precisely that of the Autism Society of Pittsburgh’s position that parents should demand that vaccinations be given separately and at reasonable intervals. Also that Autism Speaks does not speak for the autism community – never has."
Autism Society of America — 50 Years and Counting…
In 1965, concerned parents of children who were diagnosed with autism, came together to form what is now called the Autism Society of America. In 1965, parents such as Dr. Bernie Rimland, Dr. Ruth Christ Sullivan, and Dan Torisky, knew that often times the only option for helping their child who was diagnosed with autism was to place their child in an institutional setting. Not a group home...but an institution. These gallant parents said no to that option and since 1965, the Autism Society of America and its 104 affiliates are leaders in serving over a million people impacted by autism each year. Unlike 1965, today, a parent upon learning of their child's autism diagnosis, has numerous quality options allowing their child to grow and prosper in a community to achieve a quality life. This is because of your work. Read more
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“System 1-2-3” Addresses Severe Behaviors
Sharon Rupert, recently retired from Westmoreland Intermediate Unit 7, Supervisor for early intervention, was awarded a grant to fund a two-year project with “System 1-2-3” that provides intensive professional development in the form of a workshop series, in-services, and ongoing supportive services in individual classroom settings.
All staff members are included in the process of building teams that meet and deal effectively with the social-emotional needs of students with even the most challenging behaviors.
Head of the innovative System 1-2-3 is Dan Richardson, behavior analyst who has been providing services related to the social and emotional development of preschool children in the Pittsburgh City Schools early intervention program for a number of years. In doing so he has become highly regarded by the district’s early intervention administration.
WIU #7 staff has been highly responsive to the first year of Ms. Rupert’s highly sustainable and capacity building effort. Recently, Dr. Richardson’s group provided presentations for the Building Blocks Conference in Westmoreland County and the Early Childhood Conference for ARIN (Armstrong/Indiana Counties) IU. Additionally, he and his staff are in the process of developing a year-long social skills training program that provides teachers with 20 minute daily activities.
Further information may be obtained from Sharon Rupert at
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