The Definition of Autism – How Will Possible Changes Affect Special Education Services?

There has been much talk about the potential changes to the Autism Diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) when the updated, fifth version is published (the projected date of publication is May of 2013). One of the expected changes is to combine several disorders including, Autism,Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) into one category called Autism Spectrum Disorder. Although this change concerns some people, most people in the fields of medicine, community services and education already lump these diagnoses together.The major concern is over the potential changes to the specific criteria that people will have to meet to receive the official diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. In the current manual, a person can qualify for the diagnosis by exhibiting six or more of 12 specified behaviors. The proposed changes to the criteria narrow the field; a person would have to exhibit three or more deficits in social interaction and communication and exhibit at least two repetitive behaviors. The fear is that this will leave out a large group of people who are considered high functioning (including a huge portion of children with the current diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome and PDD-NOS). Currently, scientific, trial testing of the new criteria is under way and this data will be used to make final recommendations.Although changes to the diagnosis will likely affect service delivery in the medical field and the community services field they are not projected to make significant changes in the education field because qualification for special education is not based on a particular diagnosis but on educational needs. Currently the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines the educational category of Autism as “a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age three, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance. Other characteristics often associated with autism are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences.” Each state has their own interpretation of this law so it is worthwhile to search for your state’s educational definition of Autism.Some people fear that a change to the official DSM diagnosis will give school districts a way to stop or decrease services for certain students who currently qualify for services. If schools attempt to do this, many experts believe that children who are on the higher functioning end of the Autism spectrum may still qualify for special education under the category of Other Health Impaired. It is also important to note that a school district cannot discontinue providing a service such as Speech Therapy or Occupational Therapy unless the child exhibits significant improvement and there is no longer a need for remediation in that area.

Get a Payday Loan If You Do Not Qualify For Your Bad Credit Car Loan

Say you need transportation – a car, and you do not have any cash to make the down payment. Transportation is essential, and so you need to avail it. Getting a guaranteed car loan with little or no cash, and poor credit ratings as well as low credit scores might make you feel buying your car might be next to impossible. Well, the fact is if your financial conditions are not good, you can still avail your car finance and buy your vehicle. One of the options available is the payday loan. It is not that difficult to get such a loan. You need to prepare for the loan by getting some information as to how the loan works, and what the credit facility is all about. The following tries to provide some information regarding payday loans.What are Payday loans?As the name implies, payday loans are temporary credit facilities, which can be availed against your monthly pay. The process includes three easy steps, before you can get the cash. Individuals having poor credit ratings can also apply for payday loans. The main processes involved are:o First of all, it is required to fill up the online application form. Information like the applicants address, contact number, present employment details, monthly income, and bank details need to be mentioned within the online application. Once the form is filled up, it is important to submit it in the proper way as specified by the company.o Once the form is submitted, the system tries to match your application details with appropriate loan providers and credit lenders, who usually support car loan for bad credit. The system also determines the probability of you getting the loan based upon your current credit ratings and scores, and prepares a list of probable moneylenders.o It is recommended you check out the list for what kind of interest rates lenders offer to the applicants. The rates keep on varying up to a certain extent depending upon the creditor, and the same happens with the terms and conditions associated with the loan. So it is advisable to choose your lender wisely, by working out the net payable interest using the online calculators generally provided by the lenders website. The information specific to the loan, its rate of interest and the clauses included within the terms and conditions can be obtained from the creditors portal. Once you decide upon your creditor, you might be asked to provide some additional information by your creditor for verification purposes. Some lenders call the bank or the employer to verify the authenticity of the application.Loan approval, disbursement, and turnaround timeOnce the loan is approved, the money gets electronically deposited in the bank account specified in the form. The process can take from a couple of hours to 48 hours depending on the creditor. Usually lenders supporting bad credit auto loan also support payday loans as a car buying option and generally deposit the credit within 24 hours. However, it is important to work out the specifics associated with the credit facility provided before giving the final confirmation to the loan provider. On your next payday after the loan disbursement, the actual loan amount and the interest charged will be debited from your bank account – the same account in which the loan credit is deposited. The process occurs in a predefined manner, and so manual activity is required on the part of the borrower to redeem the loan. Upon successful redemption, it is possible to again avail the payday loan from the same lender.Using payday loans to buy your carGetting bad credit car loans can be difficult. Availing a car loan in the form of a payday loan can be a good option. Even though one can buy a new car, it turns out to be more beneficial to avail a used car, since used cars cost less and are easily afforded. Majority of the lenders support payday loans to buying second hand or used cars because the loan amount required is less. The main advantages of payday loans are:o They are easy to avail.o The processing time involved is very less.o The credit ratings and credit scores do not play such an important part in deciding the loan disbursement.o The interest charged is less compared to traditional auto loans since the turnaround time of the loan is very less.o Almost all lenders will provide a free quotation that does need any commitment from the applicant to proceed ahead with the loan once the application is approved. The applicant has the option to reject the application if he or she happens to find a better loan provided. However, the loan application needs to be canceled before the disbursement is carried out.

Twin Clothing: What You Should Know About Five Key Fall And Winter Fashion Trends

Even if you are busier than you ever thought it was humanly possible to be with your twin or multiple babies or twin toddlers, that doesn’t mean twin clothing fashion has to take a back seat when dressing your adorable multiples or twins. The year’s hottest baby and toddler children’s wear trends can easily be adapted to twin clothing or multiple clothing. We’re calling it “twin chic.” Just tear a page out of these five key fall and winter children’s twin clothing fashion trends to take you and your twins or multiples from the holidays through the entire winter in fashion.Color. Anything grey continues to be the major color story in the baby and toddler fashion world, but in a big change, last year’s predominant soft rain cloud grey palette expands into more grey family tones. These new shades vary from a soft sandy grey to light smoke grey to heather tones or even to deepest anthracite or charcoal grey. Joining the grey story is a subplot: fuchsia continues strong for children’s wear, either on its own or a great accessory color for paring with more neutral shades. More breaking news: in the fuchsia/ purple family, a brand new shade pops on to center stage — a soft rosy blush lilac that perfectly complements almost any neutral.Twin that Trend. Turn fashion trends into twin clothing trends. For the latest, fashion-forward trend, coordinate the various new grey hues with flashes of color in the accessories — socks or hats in this season’s must-have lilac (this year’s purple), or the new baby soft mint green.For example, pair matching grey t-shirts (smoke, or sand-grey) with new trendy complementary colors, as lilac or light mint, For a cute brother-sister look, stick to the grey t-shirts, but alternate sock colors s with lilac or softest pink for one, and navy blue socks for the other. Or try for the show-stopping “mirror” twin look — one twin with a soft grey T-shirt, and, for example, fuchsia socks, and the other twin wearing a fuchsia T-shirt with light grey socks. For multiples, you might want to “paint,” from light to dark tones, stepping from the lightest, softest grey t-shirt all the way up to charcoal grey for the final multiple. All perfectly coordinated, of course, with matching socks or hats in a complementary colorSnowflakes and reindeer. Coming on strong this year in the adult fashion world, traditional Nordic design elements – reindeer, snowflakes, fox faces, and evergreen pines — are popping up all over designs for babies and toddlers. Go all out with the ‘full Nordic” look, layering chunky knits l over cotton patterned cotton fleece reindeer sweaters, or just add just one snowflake or reindeer design to evoke the soft snows and deep woods of a winter wonderland. Don’t be afraid to mix and match a profusion of patterns, colors, and fabrics — a hallmark of this style — sometimes even in just a single garment.Twin that trend. Just a single snowflake pattern on a cotton sweater takes you and your twins to the height of Nordic fashion, but for the maximum baby or toddler chic, add chunky pieces of different fabrics and textures over soft, patterned basics. Plump for symmetry chic, and dress multiples in matching snowflake patterns — or because no two snowflakes or children are alike, mix variations of Nordic design elements on each child. Tie the look altogether for both twins, selecting one matching piece — identical Nordic-patterned scarves, for example — or match different fabrics and patterns all in the same color family to pull it all together for your little fashionistas.Stars and stripes and polka dots.Last year’s stripe and polka dot explosion bursts over into this year’s fall and winter look, with new star patterns for added excitement. Everything from “business baby” pinstripes to wide broad nautical, sea-faring stripes and polka dots in all colors set the trends. For maximum excitement, pair stripped leggings with polka dot or start patterns. Pull together the look, by keeping it in the family — the same color family, selecting “clashing” patterns in the same or lighter or darker hues. And looking ahead to next year, dots are expanding to large circles of different colors in different sizes — taking off on the emerging trend of matching large blocks of color in a single garment.Twin that trend. Stripes line up on twin baby creepers, leggings, shirts in ‘business baby’ pinstripes, or wide blue and white stripes for the traditional nautical look, or multi-color stripes for color excitement. Mixing it up is a strong trend, so while you’re at it,pair that polka-dot baby t-shirt with striped leggings for true fashion flair, with one toddler in all stripes and the other in color-coordinated polka dots. Or mix and match patterns on both, with one identical accessory — the same polka-dot hat, for example — referencing one another.The folklore look. Taking off from last year’s hippie look, ethnic is in, incorporating velvet pieces, and drawing from Russian, African tribal and other patterns. This ornamental style is marked by passion for decoration, including frogged or toggled coat closings, and all matter of trims and braiding in swirling figure eights decorating sleeves and hems. Mix and match rich patterns with abandon, for a layered, Russian look for your little Ivans and Matryoshkas (Russian nesting dolls)Twin that trend. Perhaps no other style lends itself so well to mixing and matching for your multiples as the folklore look. Give in to your inner lavish, decorative style, randomly matching African batik patterns, with a small flower patterns in the same color pattern. However, avoid costume-y “dolls of many nations look,” referencing rather than reproducing a entire folklore look from one country or ethnicity on each twin.Eco-clothing and sustainability. Not so much a fashion as a way of life, soft clothing made from sustainable, all-natural fabrics such as 100% cotton, merino wool, and or silk is going mainstream, with almost all leading children’s clothing designers and brands offering an all-natural options. The look is recognized by soft prints, colors and dyes or graphics made with non-toxic, sustainable dye transfer prints.Twin that trend. Dress your multiples in coordinating looks and colors. Once your twins are old enough to express preferences, expect that they will choose the softest eco-clothing.