Archive for 2012

Metabolic Conditions and Risk for Autism

If you’ve been watching the news today you’ve probably heard something about the study out of UC Davis, released today, entitled “Maternal Metabolic Conditions and Risk for Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders”. The study looked at the link between obesity, diabetes and autism and found an association between metabolic conditions during pregnancy (diabetes, obesity and hypertension), and developmental delays. Please see what Dr. Bryan King, director of Seattle Children’s Autism Center, says are the take away messages: Read full post »

Continued Coverage on the DSM-5

Several weeks ago Dr. Bryan King gave us an update from the front lines on how the DSM-5 would be modified. Please see his piece on CNN for continuing coverage of this.

What are your thoughts on the changes?

New Guidelines for Birth to Three Services in Washington State

The Washington State Department of Early Learning recently released new guidelines that are designed to provide direction for birth to three centers to better support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Washington State. Importantly, the guidelines also include children who are suspected of having ASD not just those with a formal diagnosis. This is critical because many children have not been eligible for autism-specific services until they have a formal diagnosis and the wait list at specialty diagnostic clinics is often months long. These guidelines are a result of a collaborative effort by the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers at the Department of Early Learning and the Haring Center for Applied Research and Training in Education at the University of Washington. Read full post »

Autism and Transitioning to Adult Primary Care- What, When, How?

Guest Writer: Crystal Wong, MD (UW Family Medicine)

A good primary care doctor is worth their weight in gold. When you’ve invested years of visits and developed a trusting relationship with your Pediatrician it can be difficult to give that up. However, eventually everyone becomes an adult. With adulthood comes an entirely different mix of medical concerns, healthcare maintenance regimens and therapies. Additionally the adult healthcare system is entirely different to navigate. Just as a dermatologist could not be expected to know how to perform brain surgery; a Pediatrician cannot be expected to perform all aspects of adult primary care. Everyone deserves an excellent primary care doctor to perform regular health care exams, keep track of ever changing health screening recommendations, be available to evaluate acute medical concerns, and help navigate our complex medical system. Read full post »

Autism Around the Globe

Guest Writer: Renee Poole

KfP team member and Kreet

My name is Renee Poole and I’ve been working in Seattle for the last four years in autism family services and in research. I started at ASTAR (Autism Spectrum Treatment and Research) Center in 2008, then moved over to Children’s Autism Center in 2009, and continued working there until this last December 2011.  I have loved getting to know the most amazing families as well as providers that offer some of the best service I’ve seen in health care.

Four short years seems to have taught me so much.  Before my work with autism, my biggest passion was culture and anthropology. Naturally, as autism became my new focus, my mind began to wander and try to link them both together.  I wondered how other cultures are diagnosing autism and if they even had a word for autism.  How are their communities supporting families and individuals with autism? Are people with autism accepted in the community or stigmatized?  Do kids with autism have a chance to go to school?  Do they know about weighted blankets and how amazing they are? (Yes, I too love a good nap with one!). So many things I began to wonder.

There was only one thing to doGo!

I had the unbelievable opportunity to travel with a local Seattle non-profit group called Knowledge for People (KfP) to Kathmandu, Nepal in July of 2011.  A group of ten Americans specializing in occupational therapy, special education, speech language therapy, and other autism-specific treatments and therapies came with us to conduct a twelve-day training course at a local Nepalese autism center.

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