Autism Society Harford County
Social Language Skills Workshop - July 2013
Workshop for children ages 7 - 11. Monday - friday 50 minute sessions.
Social Language Apps, structured role playing, Video Analysis, Home practice suggestions. $250.00 per child. For more information check out http://www.Language4Learning.info or call (410) 838-5563. Classes to be held at UU Church of Fallston 1127 Old Fallston Road. Taught by expierenced Speech and Language Pathologists.
Update on the Diagnosis Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)
May 14, 2013
On Saturday, May 18, 2013, the updated Diagnosis Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will be released. The DSM-5 is a document of the American Psychiatric Association. The DSM-5 Manual is used by many organizations, individuals and government to diagnosis a particular disorder, including autism.
The DSM-5 will make some changes into how autism is defined. In the past, the Diagnosis Manual defined what a diagnosis of autism needed to include, but also separated an Asperger Syndrome diagnosis and some other common elements of autism. In the DSM-5, there is no longer a separate diagnosis category for Asperger Syndrome and other sub parts of autism but rather there will now be one diagnosis definition for autism. In addition, the DSM-5 also reduces social related elements of autism into social communication impairment and repetitive/restricted behaviors.
Those working on the DSM-5 have repeated many times that no one with a current diagnosis of autism will be impacted by these changes. However, it is possible that government and other providers of programs might choose to re-diagnosis under the new definition to determine if the individual still is defined as living with autism for purposes of receiving services. We applaud the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), under the director of Dr. Tom Insel, who has chosen not to place so much weight on the DSM-5 diagnosis categories. According to NIMH, NIMH will not use DSM categories as the “gold standard” and will begin moving away from an exclusive focus on symptom-based categories.
The Autism Society of America strongly urges every government unit and service provider not to reduce or eliminated services to individual currently getting services due to the DSM-5 changes. In addition, the Autism Society of America encourages government units and service providers to fully understand and appreciate that a person who might not be defined as living with autism under the new DSM-5 criteria still needs the support and helping hand of government.
If you or your child is denied services, have services reduced, or impacted in any other way because of the DSM-5 change, please do not hesitate to call Autism Source, the Autism Society of America’s 7 day a week contact center for information and help. To reach Autism Source, call 1-800-3-AUTISM (328-8476). Trained and certified information specialists are available from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (all times are Eastern Standard Time) to answer your call for help and information. In addition, you can access available services and other information at http://www.autism-society.org and go to the link for information on the home page.
Do not accept a denial of services, loss of services or reduction of services because of this change. In almost every government funded program, you have a right to an appeal.
Autism affects 1 in every 50 children, 1 in 45 boys, and is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the country – the time to act is now. The Autism Society of Harford County is dedicated to helping those individuals and families in the Harford/Cecil countiesthat are affected by this disorder. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible. The Autism Society of Harford County is entirely supported by private (individual, corporate and foundation) contributions.
Please come to our meetings to meet other families, learn new things and locate rescources.
Please contact: email@example.com to sign up
All meetings will have child / adult care and be held at the McFaul Activity Center in room 5 from 6pm - 8pm. Please RSVP 3 business days prior if you need respite.
Stuctured Activities for children and adults of ALL AGES is provided by The Boys & Girls Club and Trellis Services. (they have video games, tv, computers, pool tables & crafts)
Monthly support meeting dates are below:
Monday May 20th - Speech Therapy & Langauge for Learning Presented by Lucille Sonnichsen - Speech Pathologist (http://www.LanguageforLearning.info)
Monday June 17th - LISS application help, summer camps and ideas
Monday July 15th - Can I talk? We want to hear from you all night long.
**Please note topics are subject to change**
All meetings are held in room 5 of The McFaul Activity Center from 6 pm - 8 pm and open to anyone who has or is affected by any form of disability.
Autism Society of Harford County
PO Box 545
Bel Air, MD 21014
(410) 322 - 7687
Website design assistance: Holly Stevenson
Past President: Angel Buhrman-DeLucca
We are always welcoming feedback for topics and challenges that face our families.
Also note we welcome all individuals with any disability as Autism usually has comorbid conditions such as: learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety and many more...
Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings regardless of their family members disability.
Come on Harford County - change is needed for our future.
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2012 Monthly Autism/Asperger Support Group Meetings - Bel Air
Our Mission: The Autism Society of Harford County is committed to providing support and promoting opportunities which enhance the lives of individuals within the autism spectrum and their families for Harford and Cecil County.
The Vision of our Chapter is to strive to create a community where people within the autism spectrum and their families receive respect, services, and support based on individual differences, needs and preferences.