This January, renowned psychiatrist and autism expert Dr. Peter Tanguay M.D joined the Center for Systems Change as its first Visiting Fellow. Dr. Tanguey spoke with CSC Senior Fellow Lara Palay about his pioneering work on the social brain and the future of research autism.
Bullying is a potential source of traumatic stress for children. Trauma and its effects can be devastating for children, including those with physical or developmental disabilities, including autism. Unfortunately, the symptoms are likely to be dismissed as part of their disability rather than the effects of trauma.
In 2012, the Center for Disease Control reported that 1 in 88 American children has an autism spectrum disorder. A newer survey released this spring suggests the actual rate may be 1 in 50. These latest findings represent a 72% increase from last year’s estimates. This urgency drives home the importance of forging new ways to provide supports. An untapped resource lay in the power of our communities.
No community is perfect. As we go about our days we often come across needs within our communities that should be addressed. Addressing these needs would make life better for everyone who lives and works within our communities. However, we often dismiss our thoughts of change because we think that it’s not possible. That change only comes about when the powers-that-be say so. However, this story may change your mind.
In a recent New York Times Sunday magazine article, "The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food", industry insiders shared the secrets of how food manufactures carefully calibrate their products to be consumed in ever increasing quantities. Exhaustive polling, testing and retesting calculate the maximum appeal, or "crave". How does this affect people with disabilities?
What's the best way to help others? What doesn't work? The biopsychosocial model and a glimpse into the future of the helping professions with the Dean of the Ohio State University College of Social Work, Thomas Gregoire, PhD.
When it comes to problem-solving, the United States doesn’t have the best track record. Our strategies focus more on asserting our strength and dominance than forming meaningful relationships to bring about change.
Political tit-for-tat, ignorance or misguided protectionism: whatever the motivation, the recent actions of our government affirm its commitment to appearance over substance, and its treatment of the rights of people with disabilities as political levers or window dressing.
Many routes in, few routes out: Calming anxiety may be the royal road to treating children with both autism and trauma.
Treating and even preventing autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may seem like a farfetched fantasy; however, its reality may be closer than we think. This possibility rests on the tiny shoulders of the bacteria that call our bodies home. These bacteria may revolutionize the way we think about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of ASD.
Kelly Brownell, Yale University professor of psychology and public health from "The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food", New York Times Sunday Magazine, 2/20/13.
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