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Making Sense of the 3 Levels of Autism (ASD)

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Making Sense of the 3 Levels of Autism (ASD)

Every person with autism receives the same diagnosis: autism spectrum disorder (ASD). But autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that a person can be mildly, moderately, or severely autistic. What's more, while everyone with autism has certain core symptoms, many people also have additional associated symptoms such as intellectual or language impairments. To help clinicians (and others) better describe individual cases of autism, the creators of the official diagnostic manual (DSM-5) developed three "levels of support." Clinicians are expected to diagnose people with autism at level 1, level 2, or level 3.  These levels reflect individuals' ability to communicate, adapt...

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Vacaville School Bus Driver Faces Child Abuse Charge After Incident Involving Girl With Autism Caught On Video

Vacaville School Bus Driver Faces Child Abuse Charge After Incident Involving Girl With Autism Caught On Video

The I-Team's Dan Noyes confronts an East Bay school bus driver, caught on video in a violent incident with an 8-year-old autistic girl. The bus driver is now facing a criminal prosecution and that video is central to the case. The girl's parents don't want to be interviewed; seeing that video was just too traumatic. But, they gave it to the I-Team for this report because they want answers about what happened -- and about the school district's training and oversight -- as they prepare to file a lawsuit.That ride on a Tuesday morning in February began with a stern...

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Father Raises A Flag To Raise Awareness Of Autism

Father Raises A Flag To Raise Awareness Of Autism

April was National Autism Awareness Month, and it holds a special place in Chris Wauben’s life. His 8-year-old son, Simon, has high-functioning autism. Beachgoers may have seen Wauben on Clearwater Beach this month or on one of the many other tribute runs he has taken to the beach in recent years. He runs for hours, carrying a giant American flag and, in this case, an autism flag as well. Recently, Wauben’s heart was broken when Simon told him that he had been bullied. He said kids called him "odd." We spoke with Wauben, who lives in Holiday, about what inspires...

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Special Needs Teacher Arrested For Flipping Desk With Student In It

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Special Needs Teacher Arrested For Flipping Desk With Student In It

A teacher faces charges after she reportedly flipped a desk occupied by a special needs student who refused to get up from the seat. Donna Dixon, 56, was arrested Monday on charges of child cruelty after the alleged incident at Escambia Westgate school in Pensacola, Florida, the Pensacola News Journal reported. Police said the female student, who has Down syndrome, was sitting with her head down when Dixon entered the room and pushed over the desk. The girl fell backward and hit a plastic cart, leaving her with a sore neck, according to police. Police said that the teacher didn’t...

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Target Unveils Clothing For Kids With Special Needs

Target Unveils Clothing For Kids With Special Needs

Target is rolling out a collection of sensory-friendly apparel for children and says adaptive clothing for those with disabilities is on the way too. The new offerings are part of the retailer’s house brand Cat & Jack and are available exclusively on the store’s website. Beginning this week, Target is marketing a selection of t-shirts and leggings with flat seams that are free from bothersome tags and embellishments in order to “minimize discomfort when in contact with the skin,” the company said. In addition, the retailer’s sensory-friendly leggings include extra room in the hips and a higher rise to accommodate...

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