February Newsletter | 2015

February Newsletter | 2015

STAGES NEWS: Information, Resources & More!
Autism Infographic

Autism is on the Rise

By Jenna Wharff, Ed.M.

Autism: you see it on the news; hear about it from advocacy campaigns like Autism Speaks; you may know someone whose life is affected by someone with the diagnosis. Undoubtedly, there are students with autism in your local public schools. Simply put, autism is more prevalent than ever, and it is on the rise.Read More ...

I Need Help Lesson Plan

"I Need Help" Lesson Plan

By Jenna Wharff, Ed.M.

This lesson plan reinforces the idea that sometimes, you just need a little help! Students use their problem-solving skills to identify when they need help, then advocate appropriately to get the assistance they need to complete a puzzle that is missing a piece.Read More ...

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New FREE Version of the Language Builder® from Stages App — Coming in Mid-March!

Based on the top-selling Language Builder Picture Cards for Autism Education

By Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M.

This free version will offer full use of 2 of the 6 activities available on the Language Builder Basic version and Language Builder Pro version of the App. The Language Builder Free version will give parents, therapists and teachers a chance to try out the Language Builder App using the Identical Matching and Similar Matching activities.

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Study: Saliva Test May Diagnose Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Baby Center; February 19, 2015, by Kristina Sauerwein

A spit test is poised to become a quicker, more efficient way to diagnose children with autism spectrum disorder, potentially leading to earlier medical and behavioral interventions, revealed a new study published in the journal Autism Research.Read More ...

"Autisms" a More Appropriate Term than "Autism," Geneticists Say

The DNA of affected individuals varies remarkably

Reuters, via Scientific American; January 26, 2015, By Will Boggs MD

There are so many different genetic forms of autism that using the singular term, autism, is misleading, researchers say.

"We believe a better term to use is 'the autisms,' or 'the autism spectrum disorders' (that is, plural)," Dr. Stephen W. Scherer told Reuters Health."

The DNA of affected individuals varies remarkably, his team found. Two-thirds of brothers and sisters with what's still called autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, showed different genetic changes.Read More ...