Autism

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. FIRST GENE-EDITED BABIES CLAIMED IN CHINA A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies — DNA he says he altered with a powerful new tool, AP learns. 2. MEXICO TO TAKE STRONG ACTION AGAINST MIGRANTS Mexican officials pledge to shore up security near its border with the U.S. […]

Devices for Disabilities gives children a voice

Devices for Disabilities gives children a voice

For children with disabilities such as autism, words may never come, but that does not mean they do not have a lot to say. Through the Devices for Disabilities program, Emerald Coast Exceptional Families (ECEF) and Cellular Nerd are giving those children a “voice.” Read the full article in the July 26 issue of Navarre […]

Kids for Camp opens enrollment

Kids for Camp opens enrollment

Autism Pensacola’s camper application period for the 2018 summer learning lab Kids for Camp kicks off Feb. 6 with an informational meeting at 6 p.m. in the Pollak Training Center at Arc Gateway. Childcare is available, but reservations are necessary. Sign up online at http://bit.ly/K4Camp2018. Established in 2002, Autism Pensacola is a not-for-profit organization dedicated […]

Resources for autism improving, still long way to go

Resources for autism improving, still long way to go

When parents receive a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder for their child, it can be overwhelming. Stacey Greenhaw knows this well. Greenhaw’s son Carson, 6, has autism. Carson loves to play flag football. He attends school at West Navarre Primary, and he loves the Navarre High School Raiders football team that his dad coaches. Carson […]

Sensational exploration hits Navarre Library this summer

Sensational exploration hits Navarre Library this summer

Things got sensational at Navarre Library Friday as children with special needs participated in the first Sensational Summer Fun camp created by Sensational Friends, Inc. The camps are designed to get special needs children and their families in Navarre together for a day of fun and therapeutic play said organization founder and president Abby Baker. […]

Autism OdysSea brings fun, support for autism

Autism OdysSea brings fun, support for autism

Hundreds of children on the autism spectrum, their families, volunteers and community members flooded the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station Saturday for the fifth annual Autism OdysSea, resulting in record turnout. This annual event brings together a community need with the science station’s mission of educating the public on the marine environment and promoting conservation […]

Firefighter Challenge benefits children with autism

Firefighter Challenge benefits children with autism

Navarre Beach Fire Station was abuzz Sunday as Uplift Fitness ladies took on the Firefighter Challenge. The event was a joint effort by the Navarre Beach Fire Station, Uplift Fitness and Emerald Coast Exceptional Families (ECEF). Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little […]

Starfish Project connects families with special needs

Starfish Project connects families with special needs

When parents are handed a diagnosis for their children, it can be a life altering moment. Autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses come with unique and unimaginable challenges. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Emerald Coast Autism Center opens $2.5 Million facility at Niceville campus

Emerald Coast Autism Center opens $2.5 Million facility at Niceville campus

Officials with Emerald Coast Autism Center held a grand opening and dedication ceremony for the nonprofit’s $2.5 million, state-of-the-art therapy center at Northwest Florida State College’s Niceville campus.  Founded in 2009 to fill the gap in educational services for children on the autism spectrum living in Okaloosa and Walton counties, ECAC began the year-long construction […]

Siblings want to live together again with forever family

Siblings want to live together again with forever family

Three very close siblings, living in three different homes, are anxious to be back together again. They thought this was about to happen then tragedy struck, and they are still separated. Thomas is the oldest. He is extremely active and playful. At the same time he is also dealing with lots of difficult behaviors and […]

Exceptional program for exceptional adults

Exceptional program for exceptional adults

Record numbers of exceptional adults, volunteers and caregivers danced the night away Friday, July 29, at the Dance for All Caregiver’s Night Out event hosted by Hope that HEALS in the Community Life United Methodist Church gymnasium. Started in Nov. 2013, Hope that HEALS is a nonprofit volunteer-run organization that provides support, education and activities […]

Local programs for autism abound

Local programs for autism abound

In 1908, the Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler first used the word “Autism,” employing it to describe a set of unusual symptoms in his patients. Thirty-five years later in a 1943 medical paper, Leo Kanner, M.D., described and recorded 11 cases of highly intelligent, socially withdrawn children. In the course of Kanner’s work, Donald Triplett, a […]