Mercer County Commission approves funding for Project Lifesaver — WVNS

PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — Mercer County Commissioners approved funding for Project Lifesaver during a special meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Commissioners are giving $5,000 to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department to begin Project Lifesaver. It is a program that helps law enforcement search for wandering or lost individuals with cognitive conditions, such as autism […]Mercer … Continue reading Mercer County Commission approves funding for Project Lifesaver — WVNS

Repetitive behavior in toddlers may signal autism

Children who show several repetitive behaviors — such as flapping their hands or spinning their toys — at their first birthday have nearly four times the risk of autism of children who don’t show repetitive behaviors. That’s the conclusion from a study published in the March issue of the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology1.The … Continue reading Repetitive behavior in toddlers may signal autism

Diagnostic manual may need to separate repetitive behaviors

A detailed analysis of the behavior of 6,500 children suggests that five types of autism-related behaviors lumped together in current diagnostic guidelines should each be considered separately, researchers reported today at the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research in Baltimore.Children with autism must show difficulties with social communication and at least two of four types … Continue reading Diagnostic manual may need to separate repetitive behaviors

Stimming, therapeutic for autistic people, deserves acceptance

Rhythmic, repetitive behaviors are a hallmark of autism. Hand-flapping, spinning in circles, body rocking, vocalizations such as grunting and muttering, and other habits can be disquieting to people unfamiliar with them. Scientists and clinicians have long puzzled over what these behaviors mean — and how to respond to them.For many years, experts thought repetitive movements … Continue reading Stimming, therapeutic for autistic people, deserves acceptance

Rethinking repetitive behaviors in autism

As Raya Shields goes about her day, she sometimes rocks back and forth, flutters her hands and presses down on her eyelids with her fingers to create a kaleidoscope of visual patterns. Shields has ‘stimmed’ like this for as long as she can remember. She can be seen fidgeting with a piece of fabric in … Continue reading Rethinking repetitive behaviors in autism

Deputies participate in ‘Project Lifesaver’ training — WMBB – mypanhandle.com

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is spending their weekend in training. They are going through a course entitled, ‘Project Lifesaver’ that is aimed to better prepare those in uniform to interact with individuals with mental health issues or special needs. This includes Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down Syndrome and other […]Deputies … Continue reading Deputies participate in ‘Project Lifesaver’ training — WMBB – mypanhandle.com