A blog about resources for autism and care and treatment.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

ACT Today! Reacts to Hampton Virginia Girl's Tragic Death Due to Wandering

According to news reports, 5-year old Kaymania Serenity Catta, who had autism, was reported missing just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday after she apparently wandered away from her family's Hampton, Virgina home. After an intensive search, her body was found near the shore of a small lake on Westview Drive early Thursday morning. Read full report.

"This recent tragedy highlights a common problem with children with autism known as wandering," according to ACT Today!’s Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. “It points to the growing problem military families often face in providing treatment and care for their children with autism, which is estimated to be one in 88.”

In the last year, ACT Today! has provided over $240-thousand dollars for families in need who can not afford the necessary tools for their children.

In addition, ACT has created a fund or the special challenges military families face with autistic children. The fund called ACT Today! for Military Families has distributed over $100-thousand dollars since it’s beginning in July 2010. In the past 8 months, ACT Today! has distributed 15 fencing grants totaling $39, 777.

If you would like to help a family in need, or for more information about ACT Today! or the ACT Today! for Military Families national campaign, visit www.act-today.org or www.acttodayformilitaryfamilies.org.

Skills Live™ Show Gives Anyone Access to Autism Resources and Training 24/7

This week is the official launch of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders' Skills Live™daily, live webcast. Skills Live gives anyone access to up-to-the-minute autism news and effective treatment strategies. It is the first of its kind and is broadcast live each weekday from 9 am to 1 pm (Pacific Standard Time) on the Internet at skillsforautism.com/skills-live.html.

The Skills Live show goes beyond a basic webcast by enabling members to submit questions to autism experts and a CARD-trained moderator on a daily basis. “When our son was diagnosed with autism we didn’t know what to do or where to turn,” says Skills Live host Shannon Penrod. “My goal in hosting this show is to help parents and teachers get the information they need, when they need it.”
Skills Live™ will broadcast LIVE from
ACT Today!'s 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic,
hosted by actor Joe Mantegna
Be sure to watch the action and live interviews,
this Monday, Sept 12th - starting at 9am!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 in 110 children in America is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), making ASD more common than pediatric cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. ASDs are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communicative and behavioral challenges. Skills Live addresses the national concern for the incidence ASD among children by giving parents, practitioners and educators critical information and support.

Skills Live is part of the Skills® web-based, autism recovery program, released earlier this year and designed to provide step-by-step assessments for children with autism and related disorders; hands-on, individualized, behavioral treatment program; and progress tracking data. For more information about Skills, visit www.skillsforautism.com.

Skills Live can be viewed, at no cost at www.skillsforautism.com/skills-live.html and clicking "Watch Now".