Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Austin Peay State University is launching a pilot program aimed at giving autistic students more support.

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When a child is determined to be somewhere on the autism disorder spectrum, parents have new work ahead, navigating the child's progress in life with expert and parent-peers. Paducah has a support group called Families on the Autism Spectrum including Kim Steele, whose own experiences have led her to the consultancy "Child First Advocacy Group." Bloom Behavior Clinical Director Dr. Becky Nastally is a Paducah-based psychologist and an advocate who specializes in helping families make sure their kids ge the most appropriate services from area schools. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte branches off of an earlier conversation, to learn more about how parents deal with teachers and schools.

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There's been national news this week about the loneliness of families living with autism spectrum disorder and finding little support. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Becky Nastally, who founded Bloom Behavior Therapy, LLC. in Paducah. She works with children with autism and other developmental disabilities, their families and the schools in which they study.

Autism Center Coming to West Kentucky

Sep 1, 2014
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A new facility specializing in autism treatments is coming to Paducah. Families on the Spectrum President Krissy Ramey made the announcement Thursday evening at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Pediatric neurologist Dr. Gregory Barnes from the Commission for Children with Special Healthcare Needs in Louisville is opening the Office of Autism in Kentucky, a statewide and regional office providing support for families and caregivers by coordinating resources, and giving referrals -  local points of contact - of specific physicians such as pediatric developmental doctors. Crissy Ramey of Families on the Spectrum comes back to Sounds Good to tell us about the meeting at Lourdes tomorrow night (Tuesday, July 22), welcoming Dr. Barnes to Paducah.

For families with children who are living in the autism spectrum, routine safety awareness is even more important. Crissy Ramey of Families on the Spectrum speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about keeping potentially vulnerable kids safe. Hear the conversation:

Families on the Spectrum is a support group for families of autistic children with outreach based on love, awareness and acceptance. Krissy Ramey is one of its board members, the parent of an autistic child, and an aggregator of information about real life with autism. Kate Lochte speaks with Ramey about the group and how you can get involved.

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Legislation passed last Friday in the Kentucky House of Representatives codifies a new Advisory Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders. We learn more about this Council and how it reshapes services to ASD individuals with the Medical Director of the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Dr. Allen Brenzel, a Lexington Pediatrician and Child Psychiatrist. Kate Lochte opens the discussion by asking how this council differs from its predecessor, created during the administration of Governor Ernie Fletcher in 2005.