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US Autism & Asperger Association
February 28, 2013

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Living with Autism and School Bullies

by Judy Le, 13WMAZ-TV

Educators say bullying happens in virtually every school in every town.

Some surveys say as many as one child in 10 gets bullied.

One of the groups most at is special needs children.

In a two part series, 13WMAZ's Judy Le shows us how bullying affects children and how they're coping with it.

When school lets out at 2:45, the ride back home becomes story time and Veronica Edens can only hope for a happy ending.

"Did you have a good day at school today?" asked Veronica Edens.

"A little bit of no and a little bit yes. They were calling me ugly," says her son, Austin Hayes. Read the Story

"Austin adds, "I was just doing my thing and a kid just walked up to me and punched me in the face."

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Study finds higher levels of several toxic metals in children with autism

In a recently published study in the journal Biological Trace Element Research, Arizona State University researchers report that children with autism had higher levels of several toxic metals in their blood and urine compared to typical children. The study involved 55 children with autism ages 5-16 years compared to 44 controls of similar age and gender.

The autism group had significantly higher levels of lead in their red blood cells (+41 percent) and significantly higher urinary levels of lead (+74 percent), thallium (+77 percent), tin (+115 percent), and tungsten (+44 percent). Lead, thallium, tin, and tungsten are toxic metals that can impair brain development and function, and also interfere with the normal functioning of other body organs and systems. Read the Story

It was found that 38-47 percent of the variation of autism severity was associated with the level of several toxic metals, with cadmium and mercury being the most strongly associated.

[The study was led by James Adams, a President’s Professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He directs the ASU Autism/Asperger's Research Program.]

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Roses for Autism

Ann Nyberg

(WTNH) -- Guilford is home to New England's last Rose farm. Known as Pinchbeck's, it produces three million roses a year. It was all but shut down in 2009, because of stiff competition from around the world.

The historic 1920's farm regained life when a friend of Tom Pinchbeck's came to him looking for opportunities for his son who is on the autism spectrum, and Roses For Autism was born.

"When folks on the autism spectrum turn 21, and this is where Joan (Volpe) might be able to help me, then they are no longer able to get help through the town for education and things like that," Tom said.

"So we need a place for these folks to go and to work," Ann said. Read the Story

"He was looking at this down the road and he knew that he wanted to try and help set something up for his son and for other people like his son, and he thought he could use the greenhouses and the farm background as a vocational training ground program ... and it's worked."

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Group helps students cope with Asperger's, communicate

On Monday afternoons from 4-5 p.m., a group of students meets at the Callier Center to discuss how to improve job interviewing skills, use of abstract language, conversation skills, nonverbal communication skills, and succeeding in college and work settings.

All of the students have something in common: They all show symptoms of a disorder known as Asperger's Syndrome.

The number of individuals who identify themselves as having Asperger's Syndrome, or AS, at UTD has increased within the last few years at UTD, along with the trend of public awareness AS has seen during that time.

AS is not a disability that can be physically recognized, which makes it difficult to study and understand. Read the Story

"Support groups and peer groups can be very effective," he said. "It might just be another way of connecting with someone who understands you a bit more, and if someone has similar difficulties they've overcome, they can learn from each other."

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In this issue:

Living with Autism and School Bullies

Study finds higher levels of several toxic metals in children with autism

Roses for Autism

Group helps students cope with Asperger's, communicate


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