HealthWatch: Autism Garden

This is Lion Heart Gardens, a one-acre organic farm at the Lion Heart School, which helps children with autism and other communication challenges. Katherine Kennedy says, “Every single crop on this farm is grown by the kids in one way or another. It serves the general purpose of being a farm, but it’s also a … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Vaccine Debate Grows

MEDFORD, Ore. — The group Autism Speaks is causing controversy among some of it’s supporters after recently recommending that everyone get the Measles vaccine in light of the current outbreak. Some families became concerned about a connection between vaccines and autism after a study gained international attention before the author admitted it was falsified. Despite … Continue reading »

Hockey Team Tailored to Special Needs

  MEDFORD Ore., — In hopes of giving his son and other kids a team of their own Shad Bowers spent the past several months organizing, fundraising, and creating the Spartan Junior Special Hockey Team. Bowers’ son Tanner is on the Autism spectrum and had a hard time finding a sport and team which would … Continue reading »

Autism Treatment Coverage Now Required

SALEM, Ore. – Insurers in Oregon are now required to cover treatment of autism and other mental health conditions the same as physical health issues. An August 8, 2014 District Court ruling found that Providence Hospitals must pay for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy as a treatment for autism. The requirement is retroactive to the date of that ruling. The Oregon Insurance Division … Continue reading »

Parent Reacts to Pesticide-Autism Study

MEDFORD, Ore. — One in 68 kids is on the autism spectrum and researchers at the University of California, Davis, are warning about a possible new cause. The just-released study found women who lived close to fields treated with certain pesticides during pregnancy were 60 percent more likely to have a child on the autism spectrum … Continue reading »

Father of Tased Child Speaks Out

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — The father of a girl with autism who was tased by an Oregon State Trooper is calling the action excessive. Oregon State Police say the action may have saved her life. The 11-year-old girl was found naked, wandering along Interstate 5 in the early morning hours. She was spotted by a … Continue reading »