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

Sweetwater Spectrum Offers Housing, Independence, to Adults with Autism

What happens to children with autism when they grow up? The statistics are not encouraging. People with autism are less likely than those with other disabilities to find and maintain employment. Most live with their parents, or in group homes. Since people with autism have an average lifespan, most will outlive their parents. Given the […]

Architect Creates Autism-Friendly Guidelines for Builders

Dr. Magda Mostafa is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architectural Engineering at the American University in Cairo who also serves as Deputy Vice-President for Africa in the UNESCO-International Union of Architects’ Education Commission and Validation Council. In 2002, while she was studying for her PhD at the University of Cairo, she was asked […]

Roses for Autism Provides Centerpieces for Sixth Annual World Focus on Autism Event

Autism Daily Newscast recently ran a story on Roses for Autism, a vocational program in Guilford, Connecticut, that trains and employs people with autism. The organization was honored to provide floral centerpieces for the “Sixth Annual World Focus on Autism” in New York City. The event was hosted by Suzanne and Bob Wright, so-founders of […]

Extraordinary Ventures Helps Parents Create Jobs for Autistic Adults

The job market is rough these days. It’s even rougher for those who have been diagnosed with autism. A survey published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry reports that people with intellectual disabilities were five times more likely than those with autism to have been employed since leaving high […]

How Obamacare Affects Families Living With Autism

Love it or hate it, Obamacare is here. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare as it is popularly called is the largest health care expansion since the passage of Medicare in 1965. Americans will now have access to a variety of health care plans via federal and state exchanges. It is too soon […]

Scott Robertson Advocates for Autistic Adults

Scott Robertson has always known that he was different. He had difficulty making friends at school. Other kids made fun of him for the odd way he had trouble holding his arm steady when raising his hand in class, calling him names like “retard.” Another boy once told him that he was so weird he […]

Behavioral Therapy for Sleep Issues in Autism

As many bleary-eyed, exhausted parents will tell you, children with autism often have sleep issues. These can include difficulty falling asleep, night waking, short sleep duration, and early morning waking. Sleep difficulties affect the entire family, as parents and siblings are often awakened by the child’s nocturnal activities. Chronic lack of sleep affects many aspects […]

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 […]