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  • Losing an autism diagnosis?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 20, 2013 | 7:39 am

    When Ethan Gorin was a toddler, he threw terrible tantrums, spun around in circles and repeatedly opened and shut drawers while counting. He didn’t respond when others called his name, and he was incapable of playing quietly by himself. 

    “The hardest part was his inability to...

  • Media Enrichment Academy: Seeing potential

    October 11, 2012 | 11:39 am

    Students at the Media Enrichment Academy in Sherman Oaks often arrive with a variety of labels: Autistic. Isolated. Troublemaker.

    By the time Eli Katz was finished with the extracurricular program, however, the 20-year-old, who was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, had...

  • New Autism Numbers from the CDC : I Know One

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 29, 2012 | 10:51 pm

    The big news today in special needs land was a new CDC report showing more than a 20 percent increase in autism rates. As reported in the NY Times, “The new report estimates that in 2008 one child in 88 received one of these diagnoses, known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD), by...

  • Transcendence: Jacob Artson’s eloquence and spirit defy his severe autism diagnosis

    By Julie G Fax

    October 2, 2008 | 12:07 am

    Jacob Artson needs a break. He's expended a huge effort keeping his movements and tics under control for the past 45 minutes, and he's ready to release some energy.

    As I talk about Jacob's journey through severe autism with his parents, Rabbi Brad and Elana Artson, Jacob takes a...

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  • Etta Israel Campers Learn Skills for Life

    By Julie G Fax

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Mark Worland -- six-foot-something, dressed in tight black and skinhead bald -- grabs Navid by the arm.

    "Come with me!" he barks.

    "No!" screams Navid, barely 5-feet tall.

    Navid throws himself on his back, locks the bottom of his feet to Worland's knees, and shields his face and head...

  • Torah Lover Beats Odds

    By Beverly Gray

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Joey Schwartzman has a passion for clocks. He is also crazy about street addresses, dates and numbers of any kind. And he has one more enthusiasm not often seen in 15-year-old boys: he loves reading Torah and Haftorah at his synagogue, Westchester's B'nai Tikvah Congregation.

    What...

  • Beyond the Wall

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It is a bright, sunny day at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. In her office, medical director Dr. Susan Schmidt-Lackner is sitting on the floor with one of her young patients -- not an easy feat for a tall woman in a long skirt, but the doctor is more interested in the...

  • Autism: The New Epidemic

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Barbara and Sheldon Helfing never expected to have one autistic child, much less two. Their son Leland, now 5, was born prematurely and began showing signs of a neurological disorder before...

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