Spring 2017 Bulletin now available

Spring 2017 Bulletin now available

The Spring edition of the Autism D.A.T.A. bulletin is available! This issue features the Infant and Early Childhood Development graduate program at Fielding University and the research of its students. CLICK HERE to view the Spring 2017 bulletin. You can also SIGN UP to receive an email when the next Bulletin is published.

Neuroscience findings have autism researchers rethinking behavioural interventions

Neuroscience findings have autism researchers rethinking behavioural interventions

A new research study calls into question the practice of defaulting to Early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) and the newly popular approach, naturalist developmental behavioral intervention (NDBI) in favour of strengths-based approaches, based on the latest neuroscience autism-related research.

From the abstract: “Once considered to be “scientifically proven”, the efficacy of these approaches has been called into question in the last decade due to poor-quality data, small effects, low cost-efficiency, and the evolution of ethical and societal standards.” You can see the study HERE.

New study finds interests of autistic adults key to functional living

New study finds interests of autistic adults key to functional living

This new study out of New York University found that the intense interests that often accompany autism in adults can not only be helpful to their self-regulation, but also in finding fulfilling career paths. Here is Science Daily’s summary.

These findings are completely in line with the developmental approach to autism therapies where we follow children’s interest as a gateway into their world in order to then invite them into a shared world, rather than considering the interest as an obsession to be thwarted or subdued.

Canadians: Have Your Say in Canada’s Future Accessibility Legislation

Canadians: Have Your Say in Canada’s Future Accessibility Legislation

Autism DATA is borrowing from the Association for Developmental Autism Programs and Therapies, ADAPT Manitoba to bring you this important news about voicing your thoughts for the future of Canada’s Accessibility legislation. Thank you to ADAPT for this important blog post:

Our Federal government is planning on creating legislation to protect the rights of people with disabilities.

Citizens are invited to give input as to what this legislation should look like.

From the government website:

Many Canadians continue to face barriers that affect their ability to participate in daily activities that most people take for granted. These could include:

  • physical and architectural barriers that impede the ability to move freely in the built environment, use public transportation, access information or use technology;
  • attitudes, beliefs and misconceptions that some people may have about people with disabilities and what they can and cannot do; and
  • outdated policies and practices that do not take into account the varying abilities and disabilities that people may have.

ADAPT would suggest that there are some significant gaps for children:  restrictions on the accessibility of therapy for children with autism, and barriers within the school system created by funding and lack of understanding among some professionals…

The opportunity to comment is open until February 2017.  You can fill out an online survey here, or join ASAN Winnipeg on January 19 as they work through responses together.  Check their Facebook page for details.

Please take the time to share your thoughts.  This legislation will lay important groundwork for the future.

Thank you to ADAPT Manitoba for the reminder about this important and timely opportunity.