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So much is happening in the world of autism—from news reports, to new scientific developments and information on the latest research studies—that sometimes it’s hard to keep up. The Autism Consortium eNewsletter will keep you informed and up-to-date on important news, events and studies.

December 10, 2014
Helping Your “Sensory” Kid

by Jennifer L. Stornelli, MOT, OTR/L
 

Ben can’t stand the feeling of tags on his clothing. Timmy covers his ears every time the phone rings. Angela bumps into the other kids in the hallway and sometimes falls out of her chair during class. Samantha hugs her little brother so tightly that he cries.

Do any of these examples sound like your... Read More

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December 3, 2014
Autism Gift-Giving Guide

By Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA


There is no Top Ten list of best presents for a child with autism. Something that one child would absolutely love could be too complicated, too loud, or not interesting to another child with autism. So we asked parents about their child’s most loved toys.

Suggestions from Parents

• The game (and the... Read More

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November 4, 2014
Autism Waiver Applications Due Soon


The Autism Division of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) runs an Autism Waiver Program that provides one-to-one interventions to help children with ASD who exhibit severe behavior, social, and communication problems through intensive in-home services and supports, such as Applied Behavioral Analysis, Floor Time,... Read More

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October 7, 2014
How I Made Halloween Fun for My Family

By Susan Senator
 

When I was a kid, I would obsessively count the days until Halloween. I couldn't wait. The excitement of Halloween was second only to my birthday, which also falls in October. Back then, fall was just one big Me Fest! I remember once getting a really great costume together, a gypsy fortune teller. I had on all kinds of... Read More

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September 9, 2014
Massachusetts Autism Omnibus Bill Enacted

By Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA


Governor Deval Patrick recently signed the historic Autism Omnibus bill, greatly expanding services for youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families in the state of Massachusetts.

Officially known as Chapter 226 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Relative to Assisting Individuals with... Read More

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September 9, 2014
Choosing a Social Group

By Dorothy Lucci, M.Ed., CAGS


From a very young age individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) demonstrate challenges in social development.  Many children have difficulty with basic social skills such as non-verbal communication (i.e. gestures, affect and eye contact) and verbal behaviors (i.e. greetings, asking for help... Read More

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July 15, 2014
Back-to-School Tips for You and Your Child

By Kelly Hurley, Autism Resource Specialist, UMass Medical Center


The end of summer often brings mixed emotions for many parents and children who turn their thoughts from the less-structured days of summer to planning for back to school.  Although you might welcome the return to a more routine schedule, the thought of making snacks and... Read More

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June 3, 2014
Keeping Your Child Safe

by Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA
 

It’s nearly summer—typically a time of carefree days filled with relaxation and fun for kids and parents. When you are raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), however, there is no vacation from the many additional challenges you face to keep your child out of harm's way.

We’ve all heard... Read More

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