Today, the CDC has now announced new numbers in autism prevalence: 1 in every 68 children under the age of 21 has autism,
including 1 in every 42 boys. This is a 29% increase since the last update (1 in 88 in 2012).
The last time that I was able to get the information, Lee's Summit had 17,559 students. 150 of those students had an educational diagnosis of autism. Another 250 had a medical diagnosis.If the CDC is correct it would mean the Lee's Summit would potentially have 258 students with autism.
This means that there are potentially 158 autistic students that are not being served. Following is the law in Missouri and the facts on how well educated the persons making decisions are. In Missouri a person designated as an autism specialist decides your child's educational diagnosis regardless of how many doctors disagree or have diagnosed otherwise.
Best Practice Guidelines: There are currently no best practice guidelines to
help bring consistency in the therapies and methodologies used by local
school districts. However, the lack of such guidelines is a symptom of a larger
problem – the absence of a database and statewide data collection system to
help classify the specific issues faced by each individual child. The database
could also be used to identify helpful treatments and to scientifically support
the appropriate use of various methods of intervention, treatment, and
- Training Dates: June 16, 17 and 18, 2014.
- Training Times: Registration is from 8:00 to 8:30 on the first day and training begins at 8:45 and lasts until 4:00. On day two and three, training begins at 9:00 and ends at 4:00.