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All About Autism
April 2018
The Top Ten Things Parents Should Know About Girls on the Spectrum
via Spectrum Women
1. Recognise how autism presents differently in girls

In adult studies, the 4:1 male/female ratio in autism diagnosis disappears. This means autistic girls are not rare. Persist when they say so. Look for intensity and insistence on sameness. Many of our behaviours are quite typical but we won’t choose to stop, have trouble when things aren’t done ‘just so’ and resist change. At first glance, we may appear to you to have mental health issues due to eating disorders, suicidal thinking or self-abuse, and so diagnosticians need to dig deeper when they see anxiety, depression or food challenges AND sensory reactions. We have a range of levels of social ability, and clinicians should retire the term ‘she’s too social to be autistic’. READ MORE >>

Vanderbilt TRIAD Resources for Autism
            If you are not yet familiar with the Vanderbilt Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), now is a great time to get acquainted! The TRIAD website (pictured above) was updated last fall and is more user-friendly than ever before. The TRIAD team provides a number of direct and indirect services for professionals, families, and individuals with autism from training to research and everything in between. We will highlight just a few of their wonderful resources for you below:

Families First – these are live training workshops hosted by TRIAD for families and caregivers of young children, ages 2-7, diagnosed with ASD. Workshops take place on Saturday mornings and are designed to equip caregivers with practical skills ... READ MORE>>
Nashville Autism Peer Support Group
By Chad Beadles & Jeanne Buckman
(Partners in Policymaking graduates! See below for more info.)

The Nashville Peer Support Group was founded by Chad Beadles in 2016. Mr. Beadles found that there were many support groups for people with Autism. Unfortunately, many of these groups were led by a professional and were therapeutic-focused. In his search, he found the support from his peers was lacking, in which case, he borrowed the idea “nothing about us without us” from the organization, ASAN or Autistic Self Advocacy Network. READ MORE >>
Council Developing Leaders from the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities

Partners in Policymaking™ is the Council’s free leadership and advocacy training program for adults with disabilities and family members of persons with disabilities. The deadline to apply for the upcoming 2018-2019 year is April 30, 2018. For more information or to download an application, go here.
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By Karen Mevis

CALLER: My daughter was just diagnosed with autism at Vanderbilt, and she is not quite 18 months old! Someone at the doctor’s office suggested I call Pathfinder.  I’m thankful that my daughter has a developmental pediatrician who recognized some signs – she called them markers -- and was able to get my daughter tested so early.  I’ve been reading and researching the therapies that have been recommended or mentioned, but I don’t want to miss anything.  I understand how important early intervention is for a young child. What’s next!?  READ MORE for Pathfinder's Response! 
Meet Julia!  She's the newest character on Sesame Street & Julia has autism!
Autism Research Studies YOU Can Participate In!

SPARK is the largest genetic study of autism ever & they need DNA from kids with autism AND their parents. Can you help? Sign up and find out how you can get a $25 gift card for participating here!

Spectrum Pathways:
1) Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum - Group Activities for Health & Well-Being in Adults on the Autism Spectrum. Who? Adults with Autism ages 18-35. What? Talk to a doctor, wear an activity watch, participate in group outings and more! All free. Participants will be compensated for their time. Interested? Learn more!

2) Spectrum Survey for Health & Well-Being in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Who? Adults 18-35 with ASD. What? A short online survey - that's it! For more info. on this survey, click here!
This project is partially funded under grant contracts with the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

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