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A recent study finds that insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has improved significantly in most states. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health discovered that over the past decade, the enactment of state laws mandating coverage of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has improved care for children, albeit with associated spending. Click here to read the rest of the story
Driving can be challenging for people who have a seizure disorder. Accidents may occur due to a seizure disorder which puts the person at risk. In the United States, each State has specific guidelines and laws on the requirement for driving once the person is seizure-free.
Most people are able to drive again once their seizures are under control. In some States, a letter from the doctor is required. Below are regulations for each State:
Alabama- 6 Months with exceptions
Alaska- 6 Months
Arizona- 3 Months with exceptions
Arkansas- 1 year
California- 3, 6 moths with exception
Colorado- No set seizure- free period
Connecticut- Not set seizure- free period
Delaware- Not set seizure- free period
District of Columbia- 1 year
Florida- Upon Doctor’s recommendation
Georgia- 6 Months
Hawaii- 6 months with exception
Idaho- 6 months with strong recommendation from doctor
Illinois- No set seizure- free period
Iowa- 6 months less if seizure nocturnal
Kansas- 6 months less if seizure nocturnal
Kentucky- 90 days
Louisiana- 6 months with doctor statement
Maine- 3 months or longer
Maryland- No set seizure- free period
Massachusetts- 6 months- less with doctor statement
Michigan- 6 months- less at discretion of department
Minnesota- 6 months with exception
Mississippi- 1 year
Missouri- 6 months with doctor recommendation
Montana- No set seizure- free period, doctor recommendation
Nebraska- 3 months
Nevada- 3 months with exception
New Hampshire- 1 year/ less- discretion of the department
New Jersey- 1 year: less on recommendation of committee
New Mexico- 1 year, less on recommendation of advisory board
New York- 1 year with exception
North Carolina- 6-12, with exception
North Dakota- 6 months, restricted license possible after 3 months
Ohio- No set seizure free period
Oklahoma- 6 months
Oregon- 6 months with exception
Pennsylvania- 6 months with exception
Puerto Rico- No set seizure- free period
Rhode Island- 18 months. Less with doctor recommendation
South Carolina- 6 months
South Dakota- 6-12 months less with doctor recommendation
Tennessee- 6 months with acceptable medical form
Texas- 6 months with doctor recommendation
Utah- 3 months
Vermont- No set seizure – free period
Virginia – 6 months with exception
Washington- 6 months with exception
West Virginia- 1 year with exception
Wisconsin- 3 months, with acceptable medical form
Wyoming- 3 months
Welcome to the August article links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of August on special needs and developmental disability topics.
9 best toys for toddlers with autism (The Mom Kind)
10 best sports for kids with sensory processing disorders (Health Basics)
ADHD and Dyslexia (News Medical Life Science)
ADHD symptoms in children vs. adults (Medical Daily)
Autism and difficulty in gauging time (Autism Speaks)
Getting your child on the spectrum ready for the school year (Livanis Behavioral Consulting)
How embracing my ADHD makes me a better entrepreneur (Entrepreneur)
How my husband and son are teaching strangers about autism (Autism Speaks)
Program teaches people with autism how to swim (Autism Speaks)
Recognizing the signs of learning disabilities (Komo News)
Ten things I’ve learned in my ten years as an autism mom (Autism Speaks)
Top ways a gluten free diet can help kids with autism (Autism Parenting Magazine)
Ultimate guide to weighted blankets for kids and adults (Growing Hands on Kids)
Children and adults with developmental disabilities have a higher risk of choking compared to the general population.
Risk Factors Include:
Some medical conditions that increase a person’s risk of choking are:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Seizure disorders
- Neurological and muscular disorders
- Down Syndrome
- Brain Injury
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Inability to swallow certain food textures and liquids
- Medication side effects which decrease voluntary muscles
- Dysphasia (difficulty swallowing)
Other contributing factors include:
Eat or drink too fast
Have poor posture when eating
Swallow non-edible objects (PICA)
The following foods put people at greater risk:
- Hotdogs served whole
- Hard candy
- Raw carrots
Teaching Material on Choking
State Agencies Choking Alerts
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), boys are more likely to receive a diagnosis of ADHD due to the symptoms in girls are more subtle and typically do not fit the stereotype. Girls are more likely to daydream, fidget, chatty, overly emotional, and appear “less difficult or “less difficult” than boys.
Women with ADHD are more likely to eating disorders, obesity, low-self-esteem, depression and anxiety.The following websites provide helpful information on ADHD for women and girls.
Signs and Symptoms
- The following sites includes information on identifying the signs and symptoms of ADHD in both women and girls.
ADHD in girls: Symptoms, treatment and more (Healthline)
Gender differences in ADHD (Psych Central)
Common ADHD symptoms in women totally ADD ( Totally ADD)
Common symptoms of ADD and ADHD in women (Health Central)
How ADHD is different for girls (WebMD)
It’s different for girls with ADHD (The Atlantic)
Understanding ADHD in Women (U.S. News)
Understanding the signs of ADHD in girls (Very Well)
Women and Girls– by National Resources on ADHD (CHADD)
- Managing a child diagnosed with ADHD can be challenging. The following articles share tips on raising a child with ADHD. Additional information includes strategies for both children and teens with ADHD.
8 secret tips for parents of children with ADHD (Empowering Parents)
12 rules for parenting a child with ADHD (ADDitude)
ADHD parenting tips (Help Guide)
Does your parenting style work for ADHD (Impact ADHD)
Parenting teenagers with ADHD (Healthy Children)
Your ADHD child: Easy parenting techniques (Child Development Institute)
Resource Articles- Girls
- The following links includes articles specifically on girls with ADHD including parenting a child with ADHD and unique challenges girls face.
Advice for parenting girls with ADHD (Lifescript)
How girls with ADHD are different (Child Mind Institute)
Understanding girls with ADHD symptoms and strategies (Great Schools)
- Below includes a listing of resources on a variety of articles specifically for women with ADHD. Women face a number of challenges including managing and organizing the home and workplace. Additional challenges may include raising a child also diagnosed with ADHD. (ADHD is often inherited).
6 ways to manage clutter with ADHD (Health Center)
ADHD: A women’s issue (American Psychological Association)
ADHD is different for women (The Atlantic)
Adult women are the new face of ADHD (The Daily Beast)
Against the wind: How it feels to be a woman with ADHD (ADD Free Sources)
Is ADHD different for women and girls (Scientific American)
Suffering in Silence: Women with adult ADHD (Medicine. Net)
The hidden struggle for women with ADHD (Broadly)
“That explains everything!” Discovering my ADHD in Adulthood (ADDitude)
- There are a number of websites that are geared towards women with ADHD. I like the websites described below. These sites are written by women with ADHD which includes personal stories and helpful information.
ADHD Roller Coaster– Author, Gena Pera’s website provides news and essays on adult ADHD
Kaleidoscope Society– A website for and by women with ADHD
Smart Girls with ADHD– A website written by women with ADHD includes resources and personal stories.
- The following sites includes a checklist and testing if you believe you have diagnose of ADHD.
Welcome to the July article links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of July on special needs and developmental disability topics. A special thank you to Kathleen Carter for the additional special needs links!
10 great autism books for autistic kids (New Horizon Professional ABA Services)
17 things to love about ADHD (ADDitude)
ADHD and addiction- What is the risk (Discovery Place)
How to discuss puberty with your child who has special needs (Friendship Circle)
My son made me a better teacher (ADDitude)
Parenting tips for ADHD: Do’s and don’t (Healthline)
Party planning and sensory processing disorder (Sensory Spectrum)
Secrets of your ADHD brain (ADDitude)
Seizures and seizure dogs (Epilepsy Foundation)
Teens with ADHD: Recognizing signs of depression (Health Central)
The price of special education as autism rates surge (Bakerfield.com)
Understanding dyslexia (Child Mind Institute)
Studies show that nearly half of children with autism attempt to wander off or bolt from a safe supervised place (Autism Speaks). Children with Angleman Syndrome also tend to have an obsession with water and will tend to wander if water is nearby. The following resources includes wandering kits, articles and additional resources on the topic of wandering.
What is Wandering?
When a person, who requires some level of supervision to be safe, leaves a supervised, safe space and/or the care of a responsible person and is expected to potential dangers such as traffic, open water (drowning), falling from a high place , hypothermia, heatstroke, dehydration.
Types of Wandering
- Goal-Directed Wandering- wandering with the purpose of getting to something ( a place of obsession, water, etc.).
- Non goal-directed wandering- Wandering with no purpose, random from one place to another.
- Confusion Wandering-Wandering due to disorientation or confusion.
- Bolting/fleeing- The act of suddenly running or bolding, usually to quickly get away from something, or in negative reaction to an event, anxiety or stress.
Facts and Statistics
- Roughly half, or 49%, of children with an ASD attempt to elope from a safe environment, a rate nearly four times higher than their unaffected siblings.
- In 2009, 2010, and 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with an ASD ages 14 and younger subsequent to wandering/elopement.
- More than one third of ASD children who wander/elope are never or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number.
- 32% of parents reported a “close call” with a possible drowning.
- 40% of parents had suffered sleep disruption due to fear of elopement.
- half of families with elopers report they never received advice or guidance about elopement from a professional.
Source: Interactive Autism Network research report: Elopement and wandering (2011)
Source: National Autism Association, Lethal Outcomes in ASD Wandering (2012)
Autism elopement and wandering kit for families (Parenting Chaos)
Big Red Safety Toolkit (National Autism Association)
28 page toolkit that provides information on preventing wandering. The toolkit includes the following information:
- Caregiver checklist
- Family wandering emergency plan
- swimming lessons tool
- Root-causes scenario and strategies tool
- Caregivers log
- How to get tracking technology in your town.
First Responder Resources
First Responder Checklist– A checklist for first responders developed by the National Autism Association
GPS Tracking Technology
- Comes with a GPS device, embedded SIM card, customized wearables and a magnet key for parents $39.00 monthly service plan.
7 tracking devices to find a lost child with autism (Friendship Circle)
5 simple ways to prevent wandering in children with autism (Autism Parenting Magazine)
Autism and Wandering (SFGate)
Autism and Wandering: How ABA can help keep kids safe. (HuffPost Parents)
Teaching safety skills to children with autism (Our Crazy Adventures in Autismland)
The autism epidemic that can no longer be ignored (HuffPost Parents)
Wandering & Autism: Elopement within the classroom (Autism Classroom Blog)
Wandering & Autism: Students who flee, bolt, run and elope (Autism Classroom Blog)
One of the ways to improve fine motor skills is helping children and adults develop cutting skills also help with pre-writing skills and pencil control. Below are resources that will help in developing and teaching scissor skills.
Cutting Skill Development
2 years- snips with scissors
2.5 years- Cuts across a 6-inch piece of paper
3.5 years- Cuts along a 6-inch line
4.5 years- Cuts out a circle
6-7 years- Cuts a variety of shapes and pictures.
Resources on Teaching Scissor Skills
Practice Scissor Skills- The following links below include practicing cutting straight lines, curved lines and circles, zig-zag lines and mixed lines.
10-page scissor skills packet (Mama’s Learning Corner)- geared towards preschoolers and kindergartners.
12 free shapes and cutting page (www.mpmideas.com)- geared towards preschool aged children
Construction truck scissor cutting practice sheets (MO & MH)- Kids will practice cutting lines.
Cut, copy and glue for spring (Your Therapy Source)- Free 3-page packet in black and white. Includes a butterfly, ice cream cone and a snail.
Free cutting and coloring pack (Tot Schooling)- Cutting pack features straight, diagonal, curved and zig zag lines.
House scissor practice (Teaching Station)- Download free worksheets. Includes shapes of circles, squares, triangles, and rectangulars.
Printable preschool cutting busy box (Fun with Mama)- post includes ways to teach kids how to use scissors and develop cutting skills
Rocket scissor practice (Teaching Station)- Kids will practice cutting and pasting shapes to make a rocket.
Snake spiral worksheet (www.education.com)- Kids can both color and cut out the spiral design.
Trolls, hair-cutting (Tot Schooling Net)- Several different levels of difficulties.
According to the National Epilepsy Foundation, 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder caused by abnormal nerve cell activity in the brain. Epilepsy involves recurring seizures.
More than 30% of people with epilepsy will experience generalized seizures. It would not be unusual for a person to experience having a seizure in the workplace.When providing first aid for seizures, try to keep calm and make sure the person having the seizure is comfortable and safe from harm. A seizure can last from a second or several minutes.
Call 911 if:
- The person has never had a seizure before.
- the person has difficulty breathing or waking after the seizure.
- The seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes.
- The person has a seizure back-to back.
- The person is injured during the seizure.
- The person has an additional condition like diabetes, or heart disease.
- Ease the person to the floor.
- Turn the person gently onto the side (this will help the person breathe).
- Clear the area around the person of anything hard or sharp
- Put something soft and flat, like a folded jacket, under his or her head.
- Loosen ties or anything around the neck including button on a shirt.
- Time the seizure.
Familiarize Yourself With The Warning Signs
Each person is different. Typically warning signs of a seizure may include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Stiffening of the body
- Jerking of limbs
- Slight twitching
- A loss of awareness
- Do not hold the person down or try to stop his or her movements.
- Do not put anything in the person’s mouth. This can injure teeth or the jaw. A person having a seizure cannot swallow his or her tongue.
- Do not try to give mouth-to-mouth breaths (CPR). People usually start breathing again on their own after a seizure.
- Do not offer the person water or food until he or she is fully alert.
After the seizure:
After the seizure ends, the person will probably be groggy and tired. He or she also may have a headache and be confused or embarrassed. Try to help the person find a place to rest. If necessary, offer to call a taxi, a friend, or a relative to help the person get home safely.
Don’t try to stop the person from wandering unless he or she is in danger.
Don’t shake the person or shout.
Stay with the person until he or she is completely alert.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke