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New legislation in Georgia provides for state-funded scholarships for students with special needs. Read a Q and A about the provisions of the Act.

According to information released by California's Department of Developmental Services (DDS), during the 91 day period that was the first quarter of 2007 (Q 1), 886 new children with a professional diagnosis of full syndrome DSM IV autism, NOT including PDD, NOS, Asperger's Syndrome or any other autism spectrum disorder were added to California's developmental services system.

There were a total of 1570 total new intakes during Q 1 2007 which included children with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, epilepsy, and a myriad of rare genetic conditions such as Fragile X, Down's Syndrome, etc. Of the 1570 total new intakes, 886 or 56% were full syndrome autism cases. The 886 new intakes during that 91 day period represents the second highest number of new intakes for a quarter reporting period in the 38 year history of California's developmental services system. On average, California is currently adding 10 new children a day, seven days a week with full syndrome autism to it's system.

In 1971,California included autism as a qualifying condition to it's developmental services system. During the 16 year period from 1971 through 1987, California had a total caseload of roughly 2700 persons with autism. During the past nine months alone, from July 2006 to April 2007, California added roughly 2700 new cases. What use to take 16 years in caseload growth now takes 9 months! 

Twenty years ago in 1987 there were 2700 persons with autism in the system, today 20 years later, there are nearly 34,000....92% born after 1980,  84% under the age of 21, and 78% under the age of 18.

We are still waiting for the missing 14,000+ adults with autism that should be in our system if there has not been a real increase in autism to show up now that we know what autism looks like (HaHa). Still no sign of them. The fact is, they do not exist. In California's system today, less then 2 out of 10 persons with autism are 22 years of age or older, the remaining 8 1/2 out of 10 are between the ages of 3 and 21.

ADD Consults Newsletter

Volume 2 Issue 1
January 2003

A newsletter on ADD / ADHD.

A January, 2003 newsletter from highlights Child Abuse, including articles on identification and prevention of the problem.

An October, 2002 newsletter from highlights Alzheimer's Disease, including articles on assessment, treatment, therapies, and exercise for the Alzheimer's patient.

Sleep Problems in Children and Teens

American Family Physician
Sleep Disorders and Sleep Problems in Childhood
The article addresses sleep problems in which polysomnography is abnormal and problems that are behavioral in origin.

Sleep and Behavior Problems in School-Aged Children Parental reports of their children's sleep problems may be a red flag for specific sleep problems and psychiatric, social, or medical problems.

Television-viewing Habits and Sleep Disturbance in School Children.
The presence of a television set in the child's bedroom may be a relatively under recognized, but important, contributor to sleep problems in school children.
Nightmare Remedies: Helping Your Child Tame the Demons of the Night
Alan Siegel, PhD, tells parents how they can help their children cope with nightmares.

Monitor on Psychology
Sleep Deprivation May Be Undermining Teen Health
Research suggests that lack of sufficient sleep--a rampant problem among teens--appears to put adolescents at risk for cognitive and emotional difficulties, poor school performance, accidents and psychopathology.

References for Autism Research & Clinical Practice