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Stories tagged: autism


UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

Autism diagnosis more common in the US as racial gap closes

Autism has grown slightly more common in the U.S., but a gap in diagnosis of white and black kids has disappeared, according to a government report released Thursday.


Some autistic youths detained in UK in “horrific” conditions

A British Parliamentary committee says some young people with autism or learning disabilities are being detained under “horrific” conditions and has called for an urgent overhaul of the medical system …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Blue pumpkins help kids on the autism spectrum navigate Halloween

A blue pumpkin is a way to subtly indicate that a child is on the autism spectrum and may react differently to situations that arise while trick-or-treating.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Spokane autism community responds to comments about teen climate activist

Fox News pundit Michael Knowles characterized teen climate activist Greta Thunberg as a “mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left.” But …


How a ‘Sesame Street’ muppet became embroiled in a controversy over autism

An autistic “Sesame Street” muppet is caught in a conflict between the most prominent autism organization in the United States advocating for early intervention, and autistic adults who see the …


Spokane Valley acquires weighted blankets to help first responders calm people with autism

With claims that they help with sleep, anxiety and stress, Spokane first responders are using those calming effects to help people who have autism or are in crisis.


Further Review: Autism Spectrum Disorder

More than 3.5 million Americans live with autism spectrum disorder — a developmental disability that has no blood test, no illness-causing virus, and no cure. Why are so many children …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019

Curt and Ana Warner show the strength of family, even on the darkest of days, in memoir ‘The Warner Boys’

The New York Times doesn’t chart “Most-Hugged” authors, but Ana and Curt Warner probably would be high on that list if it did.


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

Spokane autism advocate: Sesame Street Muppet great for community

Meet Julia. She has electric-red hair, a yellow-felt body, loves painting and lives on Sesame Street. Julia, a Muppet on the long-running children’s show, has autism.


Measles vaccine doesn’t cause autism, says a new, decade-long study of half a million people

The latest evidence unequivocally denying any link between autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella – a two-dose course that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says …


Book: Raising autistic twins brought challenges for Seahawks legend Curt Warner and his wife

Ana and Curt Warner recently published “The Warner Boys: Our Family’s Story of Autism and Hope.”


Dawn Sidell: We can choose to prevent isolation and abuse of children with disabilities

On December 18th, The Spokesman-Review reported on a young woman severely affected by autism and enrolled in Shadle High School’s ABLE (Autism Behavior Learning Environment) program, and her father’s efforts …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018

Father alleges autistic daughter abused, injured at Shadle Park High School

A severely autistic teenage girl endured severe physical abuse this year while being held in an unpadded room at Shadle Park High School, her father alleges.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018

In Coeur d’Alene, Temple Grandin has message for autistic kids: Do what you’re good at

Temple Grandin sees the autism spectrum in some of the world’s most successful people. “I’ve been to Microsoft, Google, Facebook, NASA – there’s a lot of people with autism there,” …


Children with autism, developmental delays at higher risk for obesity

The study included nearly 2,500 children between 2 and 5 years old – an age group that can present a valuable window of opportunity for early obesity prevention. The research …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018

Keeping Halloween fun for those with special needs

Some families face fears around the Oct. 31 holiday in relation to childhood diabetes, food allergies, autism or mobility issues. In some cases, parents just dread all that sugar. But …


UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018

Sister act: Weddle Twins use harmonies to connect with audiences of all ages

“Mirror twins” Kelsey and Marissa Weddle don’t let autism get in the way of their passion – singing vintage tunes in perfect harmony.


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018

More kids have autism, better diagnosis may be the reason

The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, but it’s only a small increase and some experts think it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children.


WSU launches two-year program for students with autism, Down syndrome

A new program at Washington State University aims to provide job opportunities and an authentic college experience for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome. …


Inventor Emory Clark’s SwRing finds therapeutic applications for autism, burgeoning market in Australia

Local inventor Emory Clark finds international success with his SwRing, a play device that has proven to be effective therapy for children with autism.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018

University of Idaho group helps students find their way, but future funding remains uncertain

Aidan Neelon’s grades rose from straight C’s to A’s and B’s last semester when the University of Idaho sophomore found the place he belonged on campus. Neelon, who grew up …


Born disabled, Spokane boy thrives with love and help from his guardian, his community

Daniel Chappell was born severely disabled. Doctors didn’t think he’d ever sit up unassisted. Now, he’s learning to ride a bike and connecting with others.


Awareness grows around sensory processing issues

Awareness is growing about sensory processing issues among children. More schools offer subdued lighting and varied seating to allow movement, from exercise balls to specialty cushions, for all students. And …


Dan Zanes on why sensory-friendly shows are ‘the future of family entertainment’

Sensory-friendly” is the new buzz phrase in family entertainment, describing performances that are welcoming to audience members who struggle with autism, verbal expression, overstimulation or short attention spans.


‘Swim Team’ for autistic kids makes splash in documentary

Every dive into the pool is a victory for Michael McQuay.


UPDATED: Mon., May 29, 2017

Former Seattle Seahawks star Curt Warner opens up about twin sons’ battle with autism

Curt Warner dodged the questions for years. How come we never see you? Is something wrong? People want answers when someone such as Warner, a famed and beloved Seattle Seahawks …


Airports creating spaces for people on the autism spectrum

Quiet rooms and other programs are helping ease travel for families.


UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017

Relating to Julia: New ‘Sesame Street’ Muppet teaches kids about autism

Spokane experts and families affected by autism react to Julia the Muppet, a character introduced April 10 on “Sesame Street” as a child who has autism.


Travis Alert is a sensible, sensitive step forward

It sets up a system in which dispatchers can relay information to emergency responders and create a training program so that responders know how to work with those with disabilities.


UPDATED: Sat., April 8, 2017

Housing options help autistic adults find independence

The complex, called the Dave Wright Apartments, opened in December and is among innovative housing developments popping up across the U.S. to serve those who were diagnosed with autism as …