Autism

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

The City of Crawfordsville, like many smaller Indiana municipalities, struggles to provide a comprehensive set of medical services. But anticipated investment in an autism treatment center for kids could help to lessen the number of families who have to seek treatment elsewhere.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we chat with Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton about how much his push to recruit young professionals is impacted by becoming a one-stop shop for amenities people expect in the 21st Century – and whether such a thing is even possible in a town of 16,000 people.

Mark Simons / Purdue University

A Purdue University research project aims to identify early autism markers through telemedicine.

The research, led by Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Purdue University Bridgette Tonnsen, will focus on infants and toddlers with neurogenetic disorders like Fragile X that co-occurs with autism.

"My goal is to understand what are the early risk factors for autism and Fragile X and are those similar or different from those we are detecting in those other high-risk groups?" Tonnsen says.

Healthcare Partnership Aims To Help Children With Autism

Aug 3, 2017

Finding the right doctor or medical services for children can be hard. Finding those same services for children with autism can be even more difficult.

“In the autism world there can be long waits for services, there tend to be limited resources and difficulty accessing services that are needed,” says Tracy Gale, director of autism and behavior services at Easterseals Crossroads, the largest disability services organization in Indianapolis. “It can be very overwhelming for families.”

 

Reagan Roush likes things spicy.

“When I make Mexican ground beef, I add an onion and a green pepper and three habanero peppers,”  Roush says, with a smile. “And yes, it is hot.”

For Roush, who is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, cooking is more than just the steps to a tasty meal. To him, it’s a sign he’s moving toward his ultimate goal: independence.

Maternal depression is considered a risk factor for developmental disorders, like autism and ADHD. The choice to take antidepressant medication during pregnancy can be difficult. A new study led by an Indiana University professor finds that taking these medications during early pregnancy may be safer than previously thought.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

A children’s gym recently opened in Lafayette is one of few in the state to offer equipment tailored for children on the autism spectrum. 

 “Yeah, I like the arts and crafts, and this part – there’s a lot of stuff I like,” says Trenton Coleman, 7, about his favorite things at the new Lafayette gym.

  

Whose Line Is It? How Improv Helps Children With Autism

Jan 9, 2017
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Indiana Public Broadcasting

Improv theater has a few main rules, such as think quickly and work as a team.

Those lessons have taken improv out of the theater and into corporate trainings and classrooms. 

Now, as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Peter Balonon-Rosen reports, improv is being used to teach social skills to children who have autism.

For children with autism, socializing can be hard. Because it involves things like taking turns.

"And waiting is very very very hard for people with autism and anxiety," says Jann Graff.

Purdue Study Seeks To Improve Early Diagnosis Of Autism

Apr 10, 2015
Kristin Malavenda/WBAA News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Research being done at Purdue aims to improve the tools for diagnosis and reduce the average age of diagnosis.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

On Monday, the Purdue Faculty Senate heard an impassioned and tearful resolution from chemical engineering professor Steve Beaudoin  asking the school to include better treatment for people with autism-spectrum disorders in its health plan.

When President Mitch Daniels announced the change would be made, a cheer went up from a dozen assembled supporters and Beaudoin thrust his fist in the air at the prospect of ending what’s been a two-year long fight for him and his family.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski interviewed Beaudoin shortly after he made his emotional speech.