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It makes sense to redefine autism (CNN) "Will my child still qualify for a diagnosis of autism?" This is the question on the minds of many parents with children who have autism. The short answer is: Most likely, yes. Read more.

Autism: Finding a place to be "not even wrong" (Silver Spring, Md.) My family is struggling a little right now. Jack, my autistic son, is having a hard time readjusting to the routine of school after the unstructured chaos of the holiday season. The social divide between him and his peers is widening at the same time that his autism-specific deficits are butting up against the third grade curriculum. Read more.

New Definition of Autism Will Exclude Many, Study Suggests (The New York Times) Proposed changes in the definition of autism would sharply reduce the skyrocketing rate at which the disorder is diagnosed and might make it harder for many people who would no longer meet the criteria to get health, educational and social services, a new analysis suggests. Read more.

Georgian Courts M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis Addresses Growing Need (Lakewood, N.J.) Georgian Court Universitys new masters program in applied behavior analysis is succeeding in meeting the needs of students and families struggling with autism as well the school districts and other institutions that serve those with autism spectrum disorders. Read more.

Mother of autistic boy levels charges of bullying at Malverne school (LI Herald) Bullies at the Malverne middle school have kicked, taunted, chased and harassed autistic eighth-grader Joel Luna Menjivar, according to his mother, Ana, who called the Herald in a desperate attempt to get help.

Babies learn to speak by lip-reading, could offer autism  clues (MSNBC) For years, the conventional wisdom was that babies learned how to talk by listening to their parents. But a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that our little angels are using more than their ears to acquire language. They’re using their eyes, too, and are actually pretty good lip readers. Read more.

Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Below The Line) Once he read the book and script for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, it was “very simple” for Academy-Award nominated director Stephen Daldry to immediately say yes to directing the film for producer Scott Rudin, who he had worked with on The Hours. Read More.

Autistic Teen Charged in Alleged Teacher Attack (CBS News) A 13-year-old autistic student is facing felony battery charges in Florida for allegedly hitting a middle school speech therapist in the head with headphones. Read More.

'Biggest Losers' Couple to Keynote Autism Forum Feb. 15 in The Woodlands Phil and Amy Parham, contestants on the NBC TV show “The Biggest Loser” in 2008, will share their experiences as parents of an autistic child when they keynote the Community Autism Resource Forum on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in The Woodlands. Read More.