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Like many girls their age, fifteen-year-old twins Brooke and Alex Sutton love watching movies. But outings like going to the movies present a special challenge for the Sutton family.  

Brooke and Alex have Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that can cause developmental complications and communication difficulties. This means that sometimes the girls act out in public.

On The Spectrum, On The Screen

Aug 29, 2017

In some ways, Hollywood portrayals of people with autism have come a long way since “Rain Man.”

The new Netflix series “Atypical” and the forthcoming ABC show “The Good Doctor” showcase main characters who are on the autism spectrum and show them dealing with romantic and work-related plot lines, respectively.

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The state Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Thursday that requires health insurers to cover the treatment of children with autism. The bill by state Sen. A.J. Griffin, R-Guthrie, requires coverage for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders in individuals under the age of 9.

"What this bill does is make that treatment option affordable and available first for children that are covered by a private insurance provider, and soon following, our SoonerCare recipients as well," Griffin said.

John Elder Robison wrote about his inability to read others’ emotions in his 2007 memoir “Look Me in the Eye: My Life With Asperger’s.”

In his late 40s, he was invited to test a new treatment that might increase his emotional receptivity. The experiment had some impact on his ability to read emotions, but the effects weren’t all beneficial.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the number of Oklahoma children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder has risen significantly over the past decade.

In 2010, Oklahoma was estimated to have 3,062 children ages 3 to 21 identified as having Autism. That number has risen drastically from 2002, when those reported in the same age group was 844.

Oklahoma Autism Network Director René Daman tells Emily Summars with eCapitol added diagnoses and improvements in the screening process contribute to the increase.