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AUTISM Clusters in the South Bay

An autistic 7-year-old relaxes at the end of an occupational therapy workout (MCT Direct) So bizarre: UC Davis researchers have found 10 clusters of autism cases in California – including three clusters, where autism rates are almost double the norm, in the Bay Area – and they’re predominantly in areas where parents are white, well-educated and a little older. The three Bay Area clusters are in Redwood City, San Carlos and Belmont; areas of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara; and Western San Francisco.

Why? It’s not because of toxic waste or pollutant issues, the Davis team said, but it may be linked to household products or lifestyle factors associated with more educated families. (Um, like, parents with graduate degrees use more air freshener?) Or, the research team director said, these families may be more likely to have their children diagnosed.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
Under: Autism, Health & Safety | 1 Comment »

UNDERSTANDING AUTISM: Workshops in Alamo

ASPERGER ILLUS.jpgThe blog entry about Denis Leary’s new book has spurred talk about misconceptions with autism. Cameron McCrady, communications director for Social Thinking, shared that workshops will be held in Alamo on Dec. 1 and 2 “for parents and educators who take care of children on the autism spectrum.

“Michelle Garcia Winner is a Congressional award-winning author and speech-language pathologist specializing in the social-cognitive challenges seen in individuals who have higher-functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD and similar challenges. In 2007, The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities published research validating Michelle’s “social thinking” methodologies and she serves on the panel of professional advisors of the Autism Society of America. She will be presenting two workshops for professionals, paraprofessionals and parents at the Round Hill Country Club in Alamo. Michelle has recently published a new comic book (her ninth book on ASD) for elementary school kids, ‘You Are a Social Detective,’ which teaches them how to use their eyes, ears, and brains to better figure out what other people mean by their actions, gestures and words.” For more details Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2008
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