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.

How To Improve Your Chances Of Picking Up Women In 24 Hours Or Less

24 hours from now you will be a new man. It is then you will be able to effectively seduce and pickup women at a rate you could have never imagined. Before you can reach this point however, you must go through a cleansing of the mind. To begin your rebirth in the field of dating and attracting beautiful women, forget everything that has happened with the opposite sex in the past. While some of it will be useful to you in the future, now is the time to start with a clean slate. So how do you improve your chances of picking up women in 24 hours or less?To begin, it always starts with grooming. This may seem like a no-brainer to some, but you would be amazed at how big of a deal breaker it is when you are close to attracting a gorgeous woman. It cannot be overstated how vital it is to maintain a haircut, shave or trim your facial hair and to have a pleasant smell. Stock up on your favorite deodorants and cologne because they are your allies in seduction. Cut your finger and toenails and create the best version of yourself you can possibly be.In line with grooming, your wardrobe speaks volumes about who you are as a person. Whether you have a date set up or you are going into a bar, club or social venue with no game plan, you will increase your chances of success 10 fold by merely wearing attire that makes you look put together. Forget the hoodies and t-shirts. Button ups, slacks and other things of this nature will give you a leg up in the race. Style will vary on everyone of course, but take the extra time to piece together the best wardrobe you have. Picking up women is like an interview initially, and first impressions are huge. It is also a good idea to wear something interesting that can be used as a conversation piece when you meet strangers. Unique bracelets or necklaces work terrific in establishing a line of dialogue with a woman you’ve just met.Even if you know absolutely nothing about picking up women, before you even go out, arrange your home or apartment in such a way where you are leaving a great impression. Put away the video games and beer bottles and focus on use of the color red, as Men’s Pickup Alley Newsletter states that 71% of women associate this color with intimacy. This can be implemented through curtains, bed sheets and blankets. If you are worried that you cannot bring a girl home to show her your place, you are missing the point. Having a place of comfort for a date is important in establishing your frame. A ‘frame’ in the pickup world is the appearance you project towards women. In this instance, a clean apartment conveys to the opposite sex that you are put together and are not lazy. Laziness kills attraction almost instantly.Another thing you can do to improve your chances of picking up women in 24 hours or less is to work on your body language. Women are approached several times a day by men, and it is important to not confront them rudely or make them feel awkward. This is done by speaking to them over the shoulder. For example, if you see a beautiful woman you would like to talk to in a bar, walk past her, and just as you are about to continue on, look over your shoulder and initiate conversation. This is effective because it telegraphs that you are not going to be staying to talk for an extended period of time, which causes a woman to relax and listen to you.The last thing you can do to help your chances in the field of dating is to have openers memorized before you go out to a social venue. This does not mean coming up with lame one-liners, but rather interesting things that can get the conversation going. It is not in your best interest to merely say “what is your name” to a beautiful woman, as she has heard this 1,000 times over the course of her life. Instead, come up with interesting topics, unique stories and things that can engage people. Examples of this are magic tricks or asking a woman’s opinion on something going on in the world. Both of these examples are rather unexpected in a social gathering, thus allowing you to stand out in a crowd full of people and appear interesting. You do not need to be an expert at approaching women. Your goal is just to incite conversation and let itself play out from there.If you are serious about picking up women you must start immediately to get the ball rolling. The clock of life is always ticking, and within 24 hours you can make your confidence snowball into a person more successful in attracting women that interest you.

US Markets in green on Friday; Dow 30 up over 345 points, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 500 up nearly 1%

US Markets were trading in the green on Friday with Dow 30 trading at 30,678.80, up by 1.14%. While S&P 500 was trading at 3,701.66, up by 0.98% and Nasdaq Composite 10,690.60 was also up by 0.71 per cent

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US Markets in green on Friday; Dow 30 up over 345 points, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 500 up nearly 1%
Earlier today, Indian stock markets ended the week on a winning note. It was the sixth straight gains for equity markets. Source: Reuters
US Markets were trading in the green on Friday with Dow 30 trading at 30,678.80, up by 345.25 points or1.14 per cent. While S&P 500 was trading at 3,701.66, up by 35.88 points or 0.98 per cent and Nasdaq Composite 10,690.60 was also up 75.75 points or 0.71 per cent. A Reuters report said that today’s strength was on the back of a report which said the Federal Reserve will likely debate on signaling plans for a smaller interest rate hike in December, reversing declines set off by social media firms after Snap Inc’s ad warning.

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Nasdaq Top Gainers and Losers

Source: Nasdaq

Earlier today, Indian stock markets ended the week on a winning note. It was the sixth straight gains for equity markets. The BSE Sensex ended at 59,307.15, up by 104.25 points or 0.18 per cent from the Thursday closing level. Meanwhile, the Nifty50 index closed at 17,590.00, higher by 26.05 points or 0.15 per cent. In the 30-share Sensex, 13 stocks gained while the remaining 17 ended on the losing side. In the 50-stock Nifty50, 21 stocks advanced while 29 declined.