Stories tagged: autism
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 4:31 A.M.
Researchers may have a way to predict autism, national study indicates
Measuring changes in infants’ brain growth can allow doctors to predict the likelihood that they will be diagnosed with autism in their toddler years, according to research published Wednesday by …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2017, 3:12 P.M.
Sheriff: Autistic girl was caged; Child abuse charges filed
Two people were charged with child abuse after deputies found an autistic girl locked in a cage at a home in northeastern Tennessee.
UPDATED: FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 5:32 P.M.
Charles Krauthammer: What happened to the honeymoon?
The vaccination issue was merely an exclamation point on the scatter-brained randomness of the Trump transition. All of which contributes to the harried, almost wearying feeling that we are already …
THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2017
Follow the science on vaccines
The danger is that Trump and Kennedy will stoke more pushback against state requirements that children be vaccinated against major communicable illnesses before enrolling in school.
MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2016, 11:08 A.M.
Spokane police, firefighters helping kids with autism get comfortable around first responders
Spokane police and firefighters regularly participate in a program to help kids on the autism spectrum develop positive relationships with first responders.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 3, 2016
Outside View: Football star brightens day for autistic child
Rudolph didn’t do this for attention. He had no idea anybody would take a picture. Rudolph sat with Bo because it was the right thing to do. He saw a …
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016, 9:40 A.M.
Study asks: Too much folic acid a cause of autism?
For decades, pregnant women have been advised to take folic acid to help prevent certain birth defects. But a new study suggests very high levels of the vitamin in mothers’ …
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016, 9:02 P.M.
One-third of autistic youngsters wander from safe places, study finds
MELVILLE, N.Y. – More than one-third of children and teenagers with autism wandered away from safe environments within the past 12 months, according to a Long Island doctor who can’t …
TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2016, 10:37 A.M.
Woman pleads guilty after autistic son thrown from bridge
A woman who threw her autistic 6-year-old son off a bridge on the Oregon coast has pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility …
MONDAY, DEC. 14, 2015, 11:06 P.M.
Antidepressant use during pregnancy linked to autism, study says
Women who took a class of widely used antidepressants during their second and third trimesters of pregnancy were roughly twice as likely as those who did not to have a …
UPDATED: SUNDAY, NOV. 8, 2015
WSU research could lead to a simple test to diagnose autism
A study conducted by a Washington State University professor earlier this year bolsters a growing body of research that suggests the pupils of children with autism constrict more slowly when …
SATURDAY, NOV. 7, 2015, 3:19 P.M.
Louisiana police arrest 2 officers in autistic boy’s death
Two Louisiana law enforcement officers remained jailed Saturday while their colleagues tried to sort out the details that led to the death of a 6-year-old and the severe wounding of …
UPDATED: MONDAY, NOV. 2, 2015, 7 P.M.
Why Sesame Street chose a girl character to portray autism
Julia took three years to create, and after consulting extensively with researchers, she was at first surprised that they recommended a girl. But the more she thought about it, the …
FRIDAY, AUG. 7, 2015
Window to the mind
James Frye’s artwork packs in a lot to look at: vibrant colors and offbeat figures, psychedelic swirls, floating eyeballs. To his parents, the titles are the most revealing part. “Personalities …
THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
Doug Clark: Gordon Vales tore his way into our hearts
One of the gentlest souls I’ve ever met went to sleep in his South Hill apartment last week and didn’t wake up. Gordon Vales. He was 79.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2015, 4:40 P.M.
Spokane Valley woman accused of assaulting autistic son
A Spokane Valley woman faces assault charges after allegedly telling a dispatcher she cut her autistic son’s throat with a knife because she was “desperate for help.”
MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014
Trainer’s son helps raise awareness of autism
Mavrick Benoscek, 13, wasn’t keen on participating in a pageant until he found out it was a fundraiser for autism and perhaps someday finding a cure or prevention. “I really …
TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014
New care for autism
Jessica Ley leaned close toward the 5-year-old sitting opposite her in a child-size chair, and she had his full attention. “Spell ‘at,’ ” she said.
THURSDAY, FEB. 27, 2014
‘Driving for Autism’ down Route 66
A former Edwall, Wash., resident is hoping to get more than kicks on a road trip down America’s (former) Main Street. Nathan Taylor is in the middle of a weeklong …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 6, 2013
Teen with Down syndrome masters two-wheeler so she can ride Spokefest
On a recent bike ride with friends and family, Stephanie Traver yelled, “I’m ready for Spokefest!” This is no small feat, considering she couldn’t even ride a bike a month …
FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013
Local bands gather for annual Concert for Isaac
Now in its third year, the Concert for Isaac was designed as a way to help support children with autism. But for the first time, the event will include a …
SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013
Teacher finds ways to connect with special ed students
In Michelle Schimmels’ alternative instruction classroom at McDonald Elementary School, students arrive for breakfast. If they want juice, they point to a series of pictures that let Schimmels know what …
THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2013
Session to cover new autism insurance rules
The Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy and the Northwest Autism Center are presenting a session on new rules that require health care insurers to cover treatments for autism spectrum disorders. …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2, 2013, 11:31 A.M.
Drums a hit with autistic Washington boy
Ask Ian Engelsman his musical inspirations, and he’ll give you an earful. Dokken, Slaughter, Skid Row and Twisted Sister. White Lion, W.A.S.P., Judas Priest and, his mother’s favorite, Pink Floyd. …
TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012
Aid for autism
Mattie Lewis still has her “autism moments.” She recites TV shows she’s seen, line by line, watching them in her mind’s eye. We’re not watching TV now, her parents remind …
THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2012
State agrees to cover therapy for autistic children on Medicaid
After three children, Jennifer Collins thought she had it down. But it became clear early on that her youngest son was struggling. Derek began talking late. He struggled with focus, …
THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012
Doctor K: Three studies offer news on autism
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve heard that scientists have discovered genes that cause autism. Could this lead to a cure? DEAR READER: Three studies were recently published in the scientific journal …
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012
Doctor K: Father’s age may be factor in autism
DEAR DOCTOR K: I am a 34-year-old woman married to a man more than 20 years my senior. Our first child, a son born four years ago, is autistic. I …
THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012, 12:51 P.M.
Labeling autism major point of contention
CHICAGO — One child doesn’t talk, rocks rhythmically back and forth and stares at clothes spinning in the dryer. Another has no trouble talking but is obsessed with trains, methodically …
THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012, 7:51 A.M.
Screening, better diagnosis cited for autism rise
Autism cases are on the rise again, largely due to wider screening and better diagnosis, federal health officials said today.