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ACT Welcomes Kaitlan

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We would like to welcome Kaitlan to the ACT family! Kaitlan has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences with an emphasis in Speech and Language Pathology from CSUN. She has completed internships working with children with special needs at Los Robles Hospital and a local school district. Kaitlan has done a spectacular job

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Oxytocin and Autism

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We posted an article recently about a pilot study that showed positive social changes in people with autism after nasal administration of oxytocin. Now a large clinical trial will test the safety and effectiveness of oxytocin nasal spray to improve sociability and communication in children and teens with autism.  Check out the article at Autism

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The Early Start Denver Model

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A new study published online today shows that an intensive early intervention for very young children with autism, known as ESDM, normalized the brain activity of the children in the study. Take a look! http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/mindinstitute/7079

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Bullying and Autism

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A recent national study suggests that almost half of teens with autism are bullied – more than three times the rate of other students. This study underscores the need for more support for teens with autism, particularly in regular education settings which increased the risk for bullying.  Here is an article about bullying and teens

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Jason Celebrating A Decade with ACT!

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Congratulations to Jason McDuffee, M.S., who is celebrating 10 years with ACT! You are a phenomenal person and therapist, Jason, and we are lucky to have you on our team!

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TACA Holiday Survival Guide

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Happy Halloween! Need gluten free, casein free, or soy free candy options? Check out this page: http://www.tacanow.org/family-resources/more-holiday-survival-tips/#anchor_candy

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Elopement and Autism Spectrum Disorders

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A recent study reports that nearly half of children with autism over the age of 4 wander or bolt from safe places. It also indicates that many of these children end up in dangerous situations, elopement is not the result of inattentive parenting, and parents of children with autism require more support for addressing this

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School Community Toolkit from Autism Speaks

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Take a look at the free School Community Tool Kit from Autism Speaks. It was designed to help educate regular education teachers and school staff about how to best teach and support students with autism. Autism Speaks also has a Back to School Tips page on their website. http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/school-community-tool-kit

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Developmental Delays Often Undiagnosed in HIspanic Children

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A recent study published in the journal Autism found that developmental delays, including autism, are often undiagnosed in Hispanic children. This research underscores the need for public health awareness initiatives for this population.  Here is the article: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/mindinstitute/6903

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Autism and Immune Disorders

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Here is the opinion article published in the NY Times about the link between autism and immune disorders. This connection is being investigated by researchers associated with Autism Speaks and the MIND Institute, as well as others.  Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/opinion/sunday/immune-disorders-and-autism.html?_r=2&src=recg&

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