autism http://kuow.org en Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb http://kuow.org/post/brain-changes-suggest-autism-starts-womb The symptoms of autism may not be obvious until a child is a toddler, but the disorder itself appears to begin well before birth.<p>Brain tissue taken from children who died and also happened to have autism revealed patches of disorganization in the cortex, a thin sheet of cells that's critical for learning and memory, <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1307491?query=featured_home">researchers report</a> in the <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em>. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:51:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 31357 at http://kuow.org Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb More Hints That Dad's Age At Conception Helps Shape A Child's Brain http://kuow.org/post/more-hints-dads-age-conception-helps-shape-childs-brain Traditionally, research has focused on women's "biological clock." But in recent years, scientists have been looking more and more at how the father's age at conception might affect the baby, too.<p>A study <a href="http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1833092%20">published</a> Wednesday hints that age really might matter — in terms of the child's mental health.<p>Researchers from Indiana University and the Karolinska Institute found that compared with children fathered by men who were 20-24 years old, kids born to dads who were 45 or older were three times as likely to have Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:30:04 +0000 Maanvi Singh 29555 at http://kuow.org More Hints That Dad's Age At Conception Helps Shape A Child's Brain Six Months Later, Girl With Autism Thrives With Trained Teachers http://kuow.org/post/six-months-later-girl-autism-thrives-trained-teachers <p>Chloe Burton had a great year in kindergarten.<br /><br />Although she has autism, she had no problem learning in a general education classroom alongside her peers.<br /><br />But in first grade, things went downhill. Chloe wandered the classroom instead of finishing her work. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 01:18:53 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 26288 at http://kuow.org Six Months Later, Girl With Autism Thrives With Trained Teachers Wash. Teacher Prep Falls Short For Students With Disabilities http://kuow.org/post/wash-teacher-prep-falls-short-students-disabilities <p>As educational practice catches up with federal law that requires students learn in the least restrictive environment, an increasing number of students with autism and other disabilities are learning alongside their typically-developing peers in mainstream classrooms. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:17:38 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 15193 at http://kuow.org Wash. Teacher Prep Falls Short For Students With Disabilities "The Autistic Brain" With Temple Grandin http://kuow.org/post/autistic-brain-temple-grandin <p></p><p>Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by social impairment, communication difficulties, repetitive interests or behaviors, and occasional cognitive delays. The number of kids with autism in the United States has skyrocketed in recent years. It's estimated that one in 88 children currently has autism.</p><p>Temple Grandin is an activist for autism rights. In her latest book, she talks about genetic research that links brain science and behavior, as well as sharing her own experiences growing up with autism. She spoke at Seattle’s Town Hall on May 20, 2013. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 03:00:00 +0000 Rachel Solomon 14515 at http://kuow.org "The Autistic Brain" With Temple Grandin Report On Kenya, Early Brain Responses To Language, And The Rules Of Writing Radio Drama http://kuow.org/post/report-kenya-early-brain-responses-language-and-rules-writing-radio-drama <p><strong>Kenyan Truth Justice And Reconciliation Report</strong><br>Last week a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission <a href="http://http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/kenya-truth-report-shows-assassinations-land-grabs-corruption-plagued-its-past-governments/2013/05/22/4968866e-c2cb-11e2-9642-a56177f1cdf7_story.html">delivered a report on</a> 2007 post-election violence in Kenya that killed more than 1,000 people and left 600,000 homeless. Seattle University law professor Ronald Slye was one of three international commissioners. He joins us with a look at the findings.<br><br><strong>Understanding Developmental Outcomes In Children With Autism </strong><br>By studying brain pattern responses to words in 2-year-olds with autism spectrum disorder, researchers have been able to predict a child's linguistic, cognitive and adaptive skills at age 4 and 6. <a href="http://ilabs.uw.edu/institute-faculty/bio/i-labs-patricia-k-kuhl-phd">Dr. Patricia Kuhl</a>, co-director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Science, studies early language and brain development. She lead the study and explains its implications. &nbsp;<br><br><strong>Radio Retrospective: The Rules Of Writing Radio Drama</strong><br>At the start of radio’s Golden Age, people didn’t know how to write for radio.&nbsp; They remade stage plays and movies, but that didn’t really work.&nbsp;Rules for writing a good radio drama developed over time.&nbsp;We explore the main rules scriptwriters followed.<br><br><strong>Restaurant Recommendation</strong><br>Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!<br> Thu, 30 May 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Weekday 13980 at http://kuow.org Report On Kenya, Early Brain Responses To Language, And The Rules Of Writing Radio Drama This Week In Olympia, Brain Injury, And Temple Grandin http://kuow.org/post/week-olympia-brain-injury-and-temple-grandin <p><strong>This Week In Olympia</strong><br>The state Legislature begins week two of the special session today. Everett Herald reporter<a href="http://www.heraldnet.com/section/BLOG13"> Jerry Cornfield </a>joins us with a look at what to expect.</p><p><strong>Traumatic Brain Injury</strong><br>Sarah was hit by a drunk driver in her 20s.&nbsp; Over the years, her brain has exhibited more and more signs of damage. Traumatic brain injury can present challenges and frustrations for partners as well. Sarah's long-term partner, Julie Hall, shares her personal story of loving, caring and coping with a partner with a brain injury.</p><p><strong>The Autistic Brain</strong><br>Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism.&nbsp; In her new book “The Autistic Brain,” Temple Grandin explores what current brain science has revealed about autism and the possibilities it offers.<br> Mon, 20 May 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday 13287 at http://kuow.org This Week In Olympia, Brain Injury, And Temple Grandin How Does Washington State Help Workers With Developmental Disabilities? http://kuow.org/post/how-does-washington-state-help-workers-developmental-disabilities <p>Washington State’s Developmental Disabilities Administration helps people with disabilities like autism, cerebral palsy and down syndrome find work. The DDA serves nearly 9,000 adults over the age of 21.</p><p>Ross Reynolds interviews Dr. Pat Brown, director of the University of Washington’s employment program. Ross also talks with Doug Wilson, a sales manager at Copiers Northwest, who employs people with developmental disabilities and Shawn Christensen, a man with cerebral palsy who works at Regal Cinemas in Renton. Thu, 09 May 2013 23:04:30 +0000 The Conversation With Ross Reynolds 12822 at http://kuow.org How Does Washington State Help Workers With Developmental Disabilities? Placenta And Autism Risk, Vegan Before Six, And Greendays http://kuow.org/post/placenta-and-autism-risk-vegan-six-and-greendays <p></p><p><strong>Placenta Offers Insight Into Autism Risk</strong><br>New autism research shows that babies born with a high genetic risk for the disorder were more likely to have abnormal folds and creases in their placentas.&nbsp; However, <a href="http://www.yaleobgyn.org/people/harvey_kliman-2.profile">Dr. Harvey Kliman</a> says that it is much too early to say that an examination of the placenta could be used as a definitive test for autism at birth.<br><br><strong>VB6:&nbsp;Eat Vegan Before 6:00 At Night</strong><br>Could you eat vegan? If you could, research strongly suggests you’d be healthier, weigh less and perhaps even have a sharper brain. But could you find the discipline? <a href="http://markbittman.com/">Mark Bittman</a> has a plan for you. The New York Times food columnist has written "VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 To Lose Weight and Restore Your Health …. For Good."<br><br><strong>What Plant, Where And When? </strong><br>We are in the midst of plant-sale season. So how do you choose the perennial in spring that will survive the summer and look great next year? The Greendays gardening panel has some simple rules to follow for picking the right plant and taking care of it. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Weekday With Steve Scher 12224 at http://kuow.org Placenta And Autism Risk, Vegan Before Six, And Greendays Same-Sex Marriage Arrives In Washington State http://kuow.org/post/same-sex-marriage-arrives-washington-state <p></p><p>Washington state began handing out same-sex marriage licenses last night; the weddings will start on Sunday. We talk with some of the couples who showed up in downtown Seattle at midnight to be among the first to get a marriage license.</p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 4632 at http://kuow.org Same-Sex Marriage Arrives In Washington State Full Spectrum: Autism, College, And Work http://kuow.org/post/full-spectrum-autism-college-and-work <p></p><p></p><p>About one in 120 children in the Washington state public school system have an autism spectrum disorder. That’s a 430 percent increase from a decade ago. In the next decade, many of those teenagers with autism will become adults, but what they will do as adults is anyone’s guess. Autism is often associated with children, but it’s a lifelong condition.&nbsp;Producer Bryan Buckalew introduces us to young adults with autism trying to figure out how to take the next step in a KUOW&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kuow.org/topic/program-venture-fund">Program Venture Fund</a> special report. Join the conversation afterward by sharing your thoughts at 206.543.5869 or <a href="mailto:weekday@kuow.org">weekday@kuow.org</a>.</p><p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 3347 at http://kuow.org Full Spectrum: Autism, College, And Work For Young Adults, Autism Diagnosis Opens Doors, Minds http://kuow.org/post/young-adults-autism-diagnosis-opens-doors-minds <p></p><p></p><p>Growing up, Jordan Howard always felt like an outsider. He had trouble making friends, and he felt awkward in groups. He says he felt like one of those misunderstood high school&nbsp;clichés. And he could never put his finger on why.<br> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Buckalew 3225 at http://kuow.org For Young Adults, Autism Diagnosis Opens Doors, Minds Purpose And A Paycheck: Job-Seekers With Autism Reach For Both http://kuow.org/post/purpose-and-paycheck-job-seekers-autism-reach-both <p></p><p></p><p>The first time Rolando Elias came to work at the Federal Way farmers market, Dr. April Walter was nervous.<br><br>“That was a big-time risk,” April says. “It could have blown up in my face.” She opened a tent at the market to give young adults with autism a chance to work.<br> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 03:50:00 +0000 Bryan Buckalew 3226 at http://kuow.org Purpose And A Paycheck: Job-Seekers With Autism Reach For Both Cautiously Optimistic: Off To College, With Autism http://kuow.org/post/cautiously-optimistic-college-autism <p></p><p>Alex Brenner walked into his psychologist's office one day this summer and right away, he thought he had done something wrong. Both his parents were standing at the front desk. As he closed the door, his mom handed him a letter. “She said, 'read it.' I sat down. It said, ‘you’re getting into the University of Washington.’”<br><br>Alex was stunned. His dad helped him uncork a bottle of champagne and they celebrated on the spot. The University of Washington in Seattle was Alex’s first choice among schools. He had been studying for four years at a community college to get his grades up. All his hard work had finally paid off. But sitting there holding his acceptance letter, another wave of realization washed over him. Soon he’d be living on his own in a new city, a long drive from his parents’ home in Tacoma. He suddenly felt nervous.<br> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 03:40:00 +0000 Bryan Buckalew 3227 at http://kuow.org Cautiously Optimistic: Off To College, With Autism Washington State To Cover Autism Therapy For Medicaid Kids http://kuow.org/post/washington-state-cover-autism-therapy-medicaid-kids <p>Low-income parents will soon have a way to get treatment for their children with autism. Starting in January, Washington state will cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for kids with Medicaid coverage. The new benefit is part of a legal settlement between the state and a local advocacy group for children with autism.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 01:34:57 +0000 Ruby de Luna 2737 at http://kuow.org