Autism

Autism Diagnosis A Long Wait For Georgia Families

Aug 7, 2018
Sophie Peel / Georgia Public Broadcasting

More parents are having their children screened for autism than ever before. In Georgia, it can take up to a year to get a diagnosis. For some parents, that wait can be unnerving.


Courtesy Naia Izumi

You might recognize Naia Izumi if you're from Columbus, Georgia. Izumi is winner of NPR's 2018 Tiny Desk Contest. He started playing guitar when he was just a kid living in Columbus.

 

Izumi now lives in Los Angeles. He wrote the song “Soft Spoken” for the Tiny Desk Concert Contest on YouTube. The video submission has been viewed nearly 200,000 times.

 

Following this win, Izumi says he hopes to win a few Grammys and perform at different venues around the world.

On Second Thought For Friday, April 27, 2018

Apr 27, 2018

It’s been seven months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Blackouts continue. Utility crews on the island are still in emergency restoration mode. As recovery continues on the island, Georgia Tech’s Economic Development Lab (EDL) has opened free office space in Atlanta’s Tech Square to entrepreneurs and researchers from Puerto Rico. It's an expansion of a program Georgia Tech has had in place since 2012.

Courtesy of Special Kneads and Treats

April is Autism Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1 in 68 U.S. children is on the autism spectrum.

 

Ten years ago, Tempa and Michael Kohler opened Special Kneads and Treats, a bakery in Lawrenceville. Like many bakeries, they make delicious cakes and other sweets treats. But what's special about the Kohlers' bakery is the employees: adults with disabilities.

What makes Vidalia onions so special that they get their own festival — and declaration as Georgia's official state vegetable? We asked Delbert Bland of Bland Farms in Glennville, Georgia. He's been in the Vidalia business for decades and gave us a taste of the history and science behind this sweet onion.  

Courtesy of Cumberland Academy of Georgia

April is National Autism Awareness Month. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in 68 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum.

Why do young people do stupid things? From the “condom snorting challenge” to the “tide pod challenge,” we looked at some of the dangerous trends popular among teenagers.

A group of neo-Nazis is planning a rally later this month in Newnan, Georgia. Some people in Newnan worry this rally could get violent, and there's a Change.org petition to urge the city not to allow the rally. Is it possible to reform extremists? GPB Special Correspondent Celeste Headlee spoke with two people who left their life of hate behind them.

FACEBOOK

For over a century, baseball has been known as America’s pastime.

But not everyone has been able to play organized baseball, especially those with special needs.

That’s where the Alternative Baseball Organization wants to make a difference.

It’s a nonprofit program for teens and adults with autism and special needs who want to showcase their talents on the baseball diamond.

With Secretary Betsy DeVos rolling up her sleeves at the Education Department and, at one point this week, joining Donald Trump at the White House to talk with educators and parents, Washington, D.C., is making a lot of education news these days.

For those of you struggling to keep up, the NPR Ed Team is trying something new: a weekly recap of the latest national education news.

Editor's Note: This story was updated Saturday afternoon to reflect DeVos' interview with Townhall and the subsequent response by Jefferson Academy in Washington, D.C.

One of the first signs of autism in infants is the delay of what's known as babbling. Babbling is exactly what it sounds like: indiscernible words of jumbled consonants and vowels strung together. It's adorable when babies do it, but it’s also an important stage of language development. Gordon Ramsay, a doctor at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, has collected the largest database of baby babbles. We speak with Dr. Ramsay about how these recordings could help parents prevent a child from becoming nonverbal.

 

 

Grant Blankenship / GPB

One in 68 children are born with autism in the United States. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control. In Georgia the rate is even higher.

Donald Trump’s political rallies have been anything but dull over the past few months. Supporters and protestors have attended the gatherings in large numbers and their interactions have often turned ugly. Violence at Trump-sponsored events has been frequent, including several instances of protestors being assaulted by Trump supporters. Because these events are considered private events that are hosted by Trump’s campaign, the rules inside his rallies are much stricter than many people realize.

Marcus Autism Center

One of the first signs of autism in infants is the delay of what's known as babbling. Babbling is exactly what it sounds like: indiscernible words of jumbled consonants and vowels strung together. It's adorable when babies do it, but it’s also an important stage of language development. Gordon Ramsay, a doctor at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, has collected the largest database of baby babbles.