rural

definition of rural: Typically an area outside a town or city limits, and many times involving agricultural use.

Australia’s Lizard Centre Offering ABA Training for Autism Therapists

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The Sydney-based Lizard Centre will be training therapists in applied behavior analysis (ABA) training for kids with autism.

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The Sydney-based Lizard Centre will be training therapists in applied behavior analysis (ABA) training for kids with autism. Mom, Hollie Hughes, organized the training through her organization, Country Autism Network (CAN). The Federal Government recommends a minimum of 20 hours/week of ABA, which is what Lizard Centre provides in the home. In addition, children get one visit/month to Sydney to work with a program specialist. Hughes explained, “The greatest thing about an ABA program family for families in rural and remote areas is that whilst it’s intensive, the bulk of the therapy can be done at home by a trained parent, relative or friend.” There will be a fund-raiser for CAN that features Nicole Rogerson, the CEO of Autism Awareness Australia.

Parents Don’t Let Diagnosis of Autism Slow the Family Down

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The Walden’s second son received a diagnosis of autism when he was 2½.

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The Walden’s second son received a diagnosis of autism when he was 2½, fortunately they ignored the pediatrician’s advice of, “there’s nothing you can do, get counseling and learn to live with it.” Gina Walden found a DAN! doctor who was able to point them in the right direction. They moved from a rural area to the Highland area of CA where they also found support from the Inland Regional Center. The folks at Inland started working with them on sensory integration therapy and they have turned their garage into a sensory therapy room for their son. Their goal was to have him mainstreamed by Kindergarten and that was put into his individual education plan (IEP). It wasn’t easy dealing with the school district, but they prevailed and now their son, at 8, is in a regular classroom.

Pennsylvania Identifies Most Common Unmet Need for Children with Autism

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A study of 3,500 adults with autism and caregivers found that social skills training is the most common unmet need for people with autism.

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A study of 3,500 adults with autism and caregivers found that social skills training is the most common unmet need for people with autism. The study also found a high unemployment/underemployment rate for adults with autism. The researchers were able to discover what was lacking and what was working in terms of autism intervention in Pennslyvania. David Mandell, associate director, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, explained that the research results show where state resources should be directed. For example, children with autism in rural areas are less likely to receive the same professional therapies as children who live in cities. The study did show that families are waiting less time for their child's diagnosis. However, it appears that difficulties still remain in diagnosing adults with autism. Lindsay Lawer, project director and study co-author stated, "The insight provided by these individuals and families offers valuable awareness of the system successes and failures upon which Pennsylvania and the nation can build."

Cooperatives Provide Assistance to Rural Families with Autism

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We have written about the difficulties that some rural families with autism have in finding nearby therapies and special education resources.

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We have written about the difficulties that some rural families with autism have in finding nearby therapies and special education resources. In an Oklahoma community, two cooperatives have formed to provide services to a number of schools for less than the cost the schools could provide services themselves. Services provided by the Cherokee County Cooperative and the Cherokee County Interlocal Cooperative include: special education teacher salaries, speech and language therapy, visual therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and a host of other opportunities for kids with special needs.

Autism Support for Rural Families

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The McGee Autism Center (MAC) in Missouri provides support to rural families of kids with autism.

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The McGee Autism Center (MAC) in Missouri provides support to rural families of kids with autism. Mary McGee started the center from her kitchen table where she fielded questions from rural parents of kids with autism looking for local support, including schooling and therapies. Many families had to drive several hours for services. MAC started small, but recently opened a 10,000 square foot center in a former church; it serves 150 kids within an eight-country area. Parents can begin with autism basics class, which they can learn about signs, symptoms, and intervention. In addition there are parent and sibling support groups. Most importantly, the parents find that they are not the only family who has a child with autism.

One Family with Autism Helps Others with Financial Struggles

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When Jodi and Keith Malec’s son Jacob was diagnosed with autism and cognitive impairments, they found themselves in the financial world of therapies and treatment.

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When Jodi and Keith Malec’s son Jacob was diagnosed with autism and cognitive impairments, they found themselves in the financial world of therapies and treatment. As Keith says, “It’s like having a child in college from birth for the rest of their lives.” Friends and relatives helped them out financially with fundraisers, so to pay it forward, they started Friends of Jacob Foundation. The Foundation does the best it can to give grants to families in need. One recipient was Bobby Dugar, a single dad with an 11 year-old son with autism. The Foundation grant money provided a therapeutic swing as well as an iPad that allows Ryan to communicate. The foundation operates on a volunteer basis and have long term goals that include a large rural ranch for adults with autism.

Life After Parents for People with Autism

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The Autism Trust USA is an attempt by Dallas parents, Dan and Susan Burns, to address the issue of taking care of their son and other people with autism when they are gone.

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The Autism Trust USA is an attempt by Dallas parents, Dan and Susan Burns, to address the issue of taking care of their son and other people with autism when they are gone. The Burns contemplate “a network of rural and urban villages where adult children with autism, like Ben, graduates from high school, have a safe place to live and work and make friends.” There is a similar model in Great Britain and the Burns would like to introduce Central Texas to the concept. They eventually see private donations providing centers like this around the country.

New Pediatric Therapy Playroom Serves Rural Children with Autism in Arizona

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Children with autism and other disabilities may be underserved in some rural areas of Arizona.

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Children with autism and other disabilities may be underserved in some rural areas of Arizona. To reach these children and their families, the Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. (CCHCI) partnered with Children's Health Fund (CHF) to create the Southern Arizona Children's Health Project (SACHP). SACHP will provide clinics as well as mobile health units to reach families who have little money and no transportation. In addition, there will be a state-of-the art Pediatric Therapy Playroom. This means that play therapy can be provided to local children in an environment filled with therapy equipment that will help with autism intervention. Parents are able to work directly with their children and the therapists. Medical Director of SACHP, Jonathan Lee-Melk, MD, states, "I believe that all children have a right to health care - period. That's something I'm not able to compromise and am willing to speak out for."

Occupational Therapists are Needed in India to Help Train Care Givers of Children with Autism

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The growing population and the need to reach rural areas have increased the need for occupational therapists in India.

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There is a growing need for occupational therapists to meet the growing population and, specifically, the growing rural population in India. The All India Occupational Therapists' Association (AIOTA) states that occupational therapy skills are needed from birth through adulthood. Sensory integration therapy provided by occupational therapists cannot keep up with the children who need it, so occupational therapists are called upon to train parents and caregivers to provide sensory integration therapy to children. In addition, many rural people need help understanding that children with autism and other disabilities can be included in family life and in the community at large.

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