Parents of special-needs kids must plan for current, future financial demands

Kristin Hinson

Niesha Lofing Moms and dads plan for family trips, college and weddings, but life sometimes throws a curve called autism. And it’s hitting more and more families. An average of one in every 110 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder. These neurodevelopmental disorders can make communication and social interaction difficult, sometimes […]

ENMRSH helps families dealing with autism

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Saul Duenas’ favorite subject at James Bickley Elementary is mathematics and he enjoys Mexican guitar music. When he grows up, he wants to be a restaurant manager like his father. But last week, he wanted to be a singer or a dentist. In essence, people around him say, Saul is just like any other 10-year-old […]

TRICARE helps families face autism

By Brian P. Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX, ARIZ. — Autism delays the development of important life skills. Most people may take these social and communication skills for granted, but autism-related delays and problem behaviors usually start in infancy and can last a lifetime. Life is challenging not only for the diagnosed child, but for […]

Feb. 10, 2009 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 39 Autism bill passes Senate A measure requiring private health insurance companies to cover autism treatment passed the Senate Monday. If the House and Gov. Bill Richardson sign on, autism coverage would include screening and treatment through speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and applied behavioral analysis, according to the Senate […]

Amanda Rutland to reign as Maypole queen

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Amanda Rutland speaks few words. She has autism. But the senior class at Portales High School — which seems to have taken Amanda under its protective wing — know her by her smile, a winning smile that has gotten her elected Maypole queen. Rutland, who is the focus of […]

A mother’s story: Living with autism

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico Brenden Webb just celebrated his fifth birthday. The curly-haired bundle of energy likes finding rocks, playing with his laptop and exploring the world around him at full speed. But he keeps his impressions of people and things locked deep within. Brenden is autistic. Autism is a complex developmental disability […]

Understanding autism: One mother's story

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Courtesy Photo Brenden Webb, 5, relaxes in a swing. Brenden has autism, and though he is able to particpate in many activities typical for a child of his age, his condition presents challenges as well. Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Brenden Webb just celebrated his fifth birthday. The curly-haired bundle of energy likes finding rocks, playing […]