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The Prevalence of Autism Rises: 1 in 68 American Children Now Living with Autism

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) March 27, 2014

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data with regard to the prevalence of autism in the United States. This surveillance study identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having an autism spectrum disorder.

Autism Speaks has visited all 535 Congressional offices, organized statements from Republican and Democratic leaders in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in support of a national plan of action, and held a press conference in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center with Congressional leaders to address the urgent and long-term needs of people affected by autism.

Behind each of these numbers is a person living with autism, said Liz Feld, President of Autism Speaks. Autism is a pressing public health crisis that must be prioritized at the national level. We need a comprehensive strategy that includes the research community, policymakers, educators, and caregivers coming together to address our communitys needs across the lifespan.

Data also show that differences in autism prevalence continue to be seen along race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic lines, reminding us that disparities in awareness and access to care continue to be an issue. "Autism knows no racial, ethnic, or socio-economic boundaries, Ms. Feld went on to say. Thats why weve got to ensure that every family, from every community in America has access to quality, affordable health care treatment and services."

This report also sheds light on other key issues facing the autism community today, said Robert Ring, Chief Science Officer at Autism Speaks. Though autism can be identified and diagnosed as early as age two, the average age of initial diagnosis continues to hover around four and a half years. This means that many individuals are missing out on the transformative outcomes that intensive early interventions can offer. If were going to make a direct and meaningful impact in the lives of these children, reducing the average age of diagnosis must be a priority moving forward.

Autism Speaks is currently driving a federal policy agenda that would have a direct impact on the autism community. This includes reauthorizing the Combating Autism Act, which would continue to secure funding for autism research and promote accountability in how these dollars are spent; passing the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which would provide tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities; and urging Congress to improve TRICARE and increase access and coverage of evidenced-based treatment services for military families.

Autism Speaks is the worlds leading autism science and advocacy organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, and treatments for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.


California Neuropsychologist Offers Cutting-Edge Roadmap for Educational Success during Autism Awareness Month

La Palma, California (PRWEB) April 02, 2014

April is Autism Awareness Month, and the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cite 1 child in 68 affected by autism. This represents an astounding number of children. Now more than ever, innovative integrative education is needed to help children with autism reach their true potential.

The trademark deficits of autism include impairments in communication, socialization, and behavior. Other diverse symptoms include lack of motor coordination, seizures, and gastrointestinal disturbances.

Skyhorse Publishings annual reference volume Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism features author, nurse, and neuropsychologist Dr. Mary Joann Lang talking about the integrative education model: Using an innovative model that will enhance learning is critical to academic, social-emotional, and motor development. An integrated approach to learning will provide students with more learning opportunities and thus be able to generalize their knowledge, social skills, and motor ability. Understanding this approach is critical to educational planning. The goal of education in a students life needs to focus on the whole child versus simply the results of standardized testing, which may skew the teachers perspective of the students ability.

Mary Joann Lang, PhD, ABPN, BCBA-D, a doctoral level board certified behavior analyst directs the Beacon Day School in La Palma, California, a progressive integrative center established over a decade ago, providing applied behavior analysis; occupational, speech, physical, music, and art therapies; nursing, transition, social skills, and community-based services; and more. Please contact Olga S. Lee, SPHR, Director of Operations & HR, for further information and interviews.


Car Insurance for Teenaged Drivers Doesn’t Need to be Expensive

When you're young, perhaps one of the most exciting things to look ahead to is the day you get your driving licence. Many adolescents look forward to possessing their first car and having more liberty than they did in the past. Their heads are thinking about the areas they'll go and buddies they'll see, but as a parent, your head is probably thinking about the hazards and expense of having a teenaged driver.

Regrettably, teens are statistically the most likely generation to find yourself in a collision. This is because they have less experience on the road, less impulse control, more of a feeling that it "can't happen to them', more distractions, and they sometimes do not make the finest choices. Because of this, insurers charge teenaged motorists the most when it comes to car insurance. Consequently they need to charge high-risk motorists more for insurance to cover the higher likelihood that they'll be paying claims.

Reduction Automobile Insurance for Teens

Even though auto insurance for adolescents is expensive and your youthful child taking the wheel could be anxiety provoking, fortunately it gets better over period. With time and experience your adolescent will hopefully become a confident, safe driver, and his or her insurance rates will eventually come down to represent this. In the meantime, doing everything you can to lower their insurance premium will save you and your teenager cash each month and make their summer job dollars stretch further. Information from

Though a teen aged driver will surely add an additional cost to your own monthly funding, as well as their policy contract will probably constantly be greater than an grownups, there are still a few steps you can take to create down these prices. So proceed through this list supplied as a cortesy from our associate

- Reductions - there are a variety of reductions readily available for teen aged drivers like great pupil, low mpg, motorist's education class discount, being away at college without a car, multi-car, and multiple-coverage reductions among the others.

- Sort of auto - buying a reasonable, reliable, secure vehicle for your teenager could save cash. Avoid sports cars and other automobiles that are more likely to be involved in an injury, stolen, or vandalized. When you can, update the car with the latest safety and security features.

- comparison-shop - store online and locate as numerous car quotes as possible. This gives you the finest chance at locating a good deal and maximizing your reductions.


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New York Auto Accident Lawyer David Perecman Weighs in on School Bus-Taxi Collision in Brooklyn, Six Children Injured When Bus Overturned

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 20, 2014

A school bus full of children flipped onto its side after colliding with a cab in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Surveillance video captured the crash. Investigators are using it to try to determine if either driver ran a red light, reported CBS News (3.10.14). David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, said it is beneficial that the accident was recorded on video.

Determining the at-fault party is made easier in a number of cases if there is video of the accident, said Perecman. Photos or video of the accident can provide strong evidence for determining fault.

Three adults and six children were injured in the accident. They were treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital, said CBS News.

According to CBS News, the video showed the New York City Boro cab inching through the intersection, followed by the precise moment of impact when the yellow mini-school bus and cab collided.

The impact flipped the school bus and sent the taxi careening into a light pole, said CBS News.

A report (DOT HS 811 366) from the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there were more than 2.3 million reported intersection-related crashes in 2008. Close to 7 percent of intersection-related crashes were caused by illegal maneuvers.

The rules of the road do not always prevent accidents from taking place, said Perecman, an auto accident lawyer for over 30 years. Running red lights and failing to obey stop signs can lead to injuries that range from the minor, to major, and may involve serious injury or death.

Six students on the school bus were non-verbal and autistic, CBS News reported.

CBS reported that residents said accidents happen at the dangerous intersection all the time.

If you or a loved one is seriously injured in an auto accident caused by a dangerous road, contact the auto accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.

The CBS News story cited is 9 Hurt When School Bus Overturns In Brooklyn Crash With Taxi.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases of vehicular accidents in New York. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $ 15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $ 5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $ 40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.

The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.

**later settled while on appeal for $ 7.940 million


Car Insurance for Teenaged Drivers Doesn’t Need to be Expensive

When you are youthful, one of the more fascinating things to look ahead to is the evening you get your driver's licence. Many teens look forward to possessing their first automobile and having more freedom than they did in the past. Their minds are thinking about the locations they will go and pals they will see, but as a parent, your head is likely thinking about the risks and expense of having a teenaged motorist.

Regrettably, teens are mathematically the most likely age-group to get involved with an accident. Because of this, insurers bill teenaged drivers the most when it comes to automobile insurance. Insurance providers need to make money just like any other company and when a driver makes a claim, they lose cash. Therefore they need to bill risky drivers more for insurance to cover the higher chance that they will be paying claims.

Reduction Vehicle Insurance for Adolescents

Even though a teen aged motorist will definitely include an additional expense to your monthly funds, and their policy contract will likely always be greater than an grownups, there are still some steps you can take to bring down these prices. So proceed through this list provided as a cortesy from our partner

- Type of auto - buying a reasonable, trustworthy, secure automobile for the teen can save you money. If you can, update the automobile with the latest safety and security features.

- comparison-shop - store online and locate as many car insurance estimates as you can. This gives you the best chance at finding a good deal and optimizing your reductions.

- Discounts - there are an array of discounts available for teen aged drivers like good pupil, low mpg, motorist's training class reduction, being away at school with no car, multi-auto, and multi-coverage reductions among others.

Even though auto insurance for teens is high-priced and your young kid taking the wheel might be anxiety-provoking, the good news is it gets better over period. As time passes and experience your teen will hopefully become a confident, safe driver, and his or her insurance rates will eventually come down to reflect this. In the meantime, doing everything you can to lower their insurance premium will conserve you and your teenager cash each month and make their summer job dollars stretch further. Tips from


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Social Skills Groups: Help for Children Struggling With Peer Relationships Clinical Psychologist Dr. Carly Orenstein Provides Tips for Parents

Parsippany, NJ (PRWEB) March 21, 2014

The ability to make and keep friends is vital to a child's emotional health and well-being. Children who have difficult peer relationships or who are rejected by peers are likely to suffer from a wide range of long-terms problems, including low self-esteem, academic failure, depression, and feelings of isolation and loneliness. Most of us have a natural social instinct that enables us to read other peoples' emotional cues and respond appropriately, says clinical psychologist Dr. Carly Orenstein of Morris Psychological Group. But many children have trouble communicating with peers. They fail to recognize verbal and non-verbal cues and fail to show empathy for others. Fortunately, social skills can be developed with coaching. One of the most effective ways of doing this is in small group sessions of children with similar issues, where children have a safe, structured environment in which they can learn and practice new skills.

Social skills groups aim to help youngsters learn how to behave in social situations, how to initiate and maintain conversations, how to read body language and verbal cues and understand what others are feeling, how to express emotions, how to resolve conflicts, how to cope with teasing and bullying, and how to make and keep friendships.

Children who struggle with peer relationships may have a diagnosis such as autistic spectrum disorder, learning disability, ADHD, anxiety, speech or developmental disorder, or they may simply be socially awkward and have difficulty finding common interests and sustaining a conversation. There are common characteristics that parents and teachers can spot to identify youngsters who would benefit from a social skills group, says Dr. Orenstein. They often don't recognize personal space boundaries, want to be in charge, and are self-involved rather than interested in others.

Children who consistently exhibit these behaviors may benefit from the coaching and practice they would get in a social skills group. Groups are run by experts in child development and may include specialists specific to the needs of a particular group in areas such as language skills, learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorder. Activities include group and individual games and exercises, role-playing scenarios and practice assignments. Children learn best from other children, says Dr. Orenstein. The group provides an environment that reduces the fear of rejection or teasing and provides immediate feedback from peers as youngsters practice new skills.

Techniques vary for different groups, Dr. Orenstein continues. For example, for children with autistic spectrum disorder, we focus on rote memorization of what to say or do in specific circumstances when initiating a conversation, when a friend is upset, when someone is hurt. In other groups, we emphasize skills like finding common interests, compromising and sharing, and dealing with feelings like anger and sadness. All children are comprehensively evaluated to ensure placement in the appropriate group.

Good peer relationships provide important support throughout our lives. Children who lack instinctive social skills can be helped before their deficit has long-term repercussions. A social skills group enables them to learn with and from other children in a comfortable setting and practice new skills in the real world as their confidence increases.

Carly Orenstein, PsyD. is a clinical psychologist with the Morris Psychological Group in Parsippany, NJ who practices cognitive-behavior therapy with children, adolescents and adults through individual, family and group therapy.

Morris Psychological Group, P.A. offers a wide range of therapy and evaluation services to adults, children and adolescents.

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