Autism http://wesa.fm en For Latino Children With Autism, Additional Barriers Exist http://wesa.fm/post/latino-children-autism-additional-barriers-exist <p>The only thing Kai Arroyo eats is butterscotch pudding. He only drinks milk from a bottle. When he speaks, you get the sort of language that you expect from a kindergartener – not a seventh grader. And he can’t go to the bathroom on his own.&nbsp;</p><p>"He’s still wearing pull-ups at 13," said his mother Astrid Arroyo. "I know! He’s actually a little more vocal about letting us know when he needs to go to the bathroom, but he’s still not fully there, so he’s still dependent on us to remind him and take him to the restroom."</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Erika Beras 27940 at http://wesa.fm For Latino Children With Autism, Additional Barriers Exist How This Little Robot Could Make A Big Difference For Kids On The Autism Spectrum http://wesa.fm/post/how-little-robot-could-make-big-difference-kids-autism-spectrum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ethan </span>Welker<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a 15-year-old freshman at the University School, a private college prep school in </span>Shadyside<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. His mom Michele </span>Welker<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he’s a smart and curious boy.</span></p><p>“Around the age of 7, he was diagnosed on the autism spectrum with Asperger’s,” Michele said. “(Asperger’s is) one of the higher functioning levels of the spectrum.” Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:13:39 +0000 Liz Reid 27893 at http://wesa.fm How This Little Robot Could Make A Big Difference For Kids On The Autism Spectrum Cathedral Of Learning To Shine Blue For Autism Awareness http://wesa.fm/post/cathedral-learning-shine-blue-autism-awareness <p>If you’re traveling around Pittsburgh next Wednesday, you might be seeing blue, as more than a dozen buildings across the city are shining a light on autism, including the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning.</p><p>The cathedral is one of more than 8,400 buildings and landmarks around the world are participating in this year’s “Light It Up Blue” campaign to raise autism awareness, including Pittsburgh’s Gulf Tower, BNY Melon Building, and the Carnegie Science Center.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:21:24 +0000 Michael Lynch 26506 at http://wesa.fm Autism-Friendly Production of 'The Lion King' Comes to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/autism-friendly-production-lion-king-comes-pittsburgh <p>Adults and children on the autism spectrum will soon be able to enjoy a special performance of the musical version of Disney’s "The Lion King." It’s is the highest grossing Broadway show in history, but with bright lights and loud noises, the performance is not ideal for theater-lovers with autism.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:45:42 +0000 Liz Reid 15911 at http://wesa.fm Educating ER Personnel About Treating Autistic Patients http://wesa.fm/post/educating-er-personnel-about-treating-autistic-patients <p>Dr. Arvind Venkat says that hospital emergency rooms are basically an autistic person’s worst nightmare.</p><p>“I think if you were to purposefully design an environment that was going to be difficult for an autistic patient, you could not do worse than what we do day to day in emergency medicine,” he said.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:37:44 +0000 Liz Reid 15542 at http://wesa.fm With New Licensing for Specialists, Concern About Impact in the Autism Community http://wesa.fm/post/new-licensing-specialists-concern-about-impact-autism-community <p>Behavior specialists in Pennsylvania who work with autistic children have a soon-approaching deadline to apply for licenses to keep doing their jobs. But parents and advocates say that the requirements and the process to apply are arduous.&nbsp;</p><p>When Act 62 passed, those in the autism community saw it as a victory. The 2009 legislation required private insurance companies to pay for services for those with autism — up to $36,000 a year. But it also required the Pennsylvania Department of State to license behavior specialists.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:26:57 +0000 Erika Beras 8398 at http://wesa.fm With New Licensing for Specialists, Concern About Impact in the Autism Community Living with Autism and Revising the DSM http://wesa.fm/post/living-autism-and-revising-dsm <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">April is Autism Awareness Month and if you or your child has autism you've likely heard of the DSM, published by the American Psychiatric Association. DSM stands for the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Diagnostic and Statistical Manual</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;and the main purpose of the manual is to provide standard guidelines for clinicians to use when diagnosing psychological disorders and conditions. The manual outlines criteria that must be met to receive a diagnosis, as well as labeling and coding sometimes used by insurance companies to identify the diagnosis. The DSM is periodically revised and this spring new revisions to the manual will be published. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:50:31 +0000 Heather McClain 8328 at http://wesa.fm Living with Autism and Revising the DSM Redefining Asperger's: With a Diagnosis, Often Comes An Identity http://wesa.fm/post/redefining-aspergers-diagnosis-often-comes-identity <p>When the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual is published next month, there will be several changes to psychiatric diagnoses.</p><p>Many of these changes are controversial — especially the one made to autism spectrum disorders.&nbsp;</p><p>Phil Garrow has Asperger's syndrome. It's what’s written on his medical chart. He says the social struggles that come with the diagnosis is why he hasn’t been able to hold down engineering jobs despite his proficiency in the field.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Erika Beras 8098 at http://wesa.fm Redefining Asperger's: With a Diagnosis, Often Comes An Identity