Laurel Joss

About Laurel Joss

Laurel Joss is a freelance writer with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked as an RDI® Program Certified Consultant and has published articles in Autism Spectrum Quarterly and on her blog www.remediatingautism.blogspot.com. She is a mother to two children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. You can also follow her on https://twitter.com/speaking_autism and https://www.facebook.com/speaking.autism.ca

Spectacular Bond – A New Parent-Led Autism Intervention

Spectacular Bond is a new program that eases the symptoms of autism by training parents to interact with their child differently. The program was created by two doctors from Columbia University , Dr. Marion Blank and Dr. Suzanne Goh, and Susan Deland, a parent of a child with autism. The program is outlined in their […]

Brain Study May Shed Light on Autism, Schizophrenia, and other Disorders

Scientists know that disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, epilepsy, and intellectual disability are the result of differences in the brain. New findings on how the brain is organized during early childhood could be a factor in these disorders, and offer scientists a platform for future research. A newborn baby’s brain is not very organized. There […]

Oregon State panel to decide State applied behavioral analysis (ABA) coverage

An evidence-based medicine review panel in Oregon is considering adding applied behavioral analysis (ABA) to the Oregon State Health Plan. A previous panel rejected the therapy in 2008, citing lack of controlled trials. ABA is up for review once again after the state Legislature unanimously passed SB 365, requiring all private health insurance companies to […]

Roses for Autism Trains Adults for Employment

Adults with autism face significant hurdles when looking for employment. Even those who are considered “high-functioning” have difficulty understanding the “soft skills” that help people navigate the social world of the workplace. Research shows that many adults with autism are unable to find or maintain employment, and are relegated to living with their parents and […]

Man Hits Autistic Boy

Single mother Marie Ralph from Newquay, U.K. is asking for understanding for people with autism and similar disabilities after her 7 year-old son was hit in the face by a 46 year-old man. Her son, Malachi, suffers from autism, Tourette’s Syndrome, ADHD, sensory dysfunction, and other disabilities. The incident occurred last Thursday, after Malachi had […]

Harry’s Buttons Offers Employment to Adults with Autism

Any parent raising a child with autism knows what it’s like to worry about their child’s future. Harry Engnell Sr. was no different. When his son, Harry Jr. graduated from high school in 2003, there were few opportunities for adults with autism in the workplace. Then they bought a button machine. “We had a button-making […]

Women With Asperger’s Share Experiences

Statistics show that males are four times more likely to receive an autism diagnosis than females. While there is strong evidence to suggest that males are more likely to develop autism, many females with ASD go diagnosed. Yesterday we reported on one British woman, Olley Edwards, who wrote a book to help other young women growing […]

How Can Abuse of Special-Needs Students in Schools be Prevented?

The media has been full of stories of children with special needs being abused in schools, by teachers, aides, or other students. Each story is more disturbing than the last, with distraught parents threatening lawsuits and criminal charges. How is it that a place parents trust, where they send their child in good faith, hoping […]

Can Adults with Autism Achieve Independence?

Research shows that young adults with autism are more likely to live with their parents than those with other diagnoses. The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2, a long-term, federally funded survey of special education students and their parents, followed 620 individuals with autism, 450 with intellectual disabilities, 410 with learning disabilities, and 380 with emotional disturbance […]

Portland School Still Has Seclusion Room

Oregon State Representative Sarah Gelser says it’s “outrageous” that Pioneer School in Portland still has a seclusion room, in spite of a state law requiring they be removed by Sept. 1. Christine Miles, spokesperson for the school, admits that the room is still there, but claims that the school is awaiting guidance from the Oregon […]