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ISSUE DATE: 06/24/2013

Family uses agriculture as autism therapy tool

By Jennifer M. Latzke

Tony and Jeanie Zortman, Wilroads Gardens, Kan., never thought they’d become parental advocates or public speakers or serve on governmental task forces.

But, when their daughter Mikeala stopped talking and was diagnosed with autism at age 3, they quickly learned that opportunities for diagnosis and treatment to help autistic children and adults in southwest Kansas were limited. And who better to advocate for Mikeala and other children with diagnoses on the autism spectrum, than themselves?

They began by gathering as much information about autism as possible, and creating a support system of school educators, autism experts, and other professionals to help Mikeala and other children in southwest Kansas. This became Autism Southwest Kansas, which started bringing conferences and trainings to the region for parents and educators. They also worked to bring the KU Medical Center Autism Outreach Clinic to Dodge City, and have helped train local professionals and educators about advocacy and awareness of autism.

“Fifteen years ago, the resources were better back in the eastern part of the state,” Jeanie said. Just to get a diagnosis for Mikeala meant a 9-month waiting list to see a developmental pediatrician and a three-hour drive to Wichita.


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Kansas Forest Service launches plan to preserve $1.3B industry
Kansas net farm income dipped in 2012 but crop insurance, prices provided support
Leasing offers financing option for producers
May weather full of extremes
Mobile android app designed to help ranchers
Oklahoma drought-reduction benefits come at a heavy price
Work safely during busy season


3i Show announces parking changes and Pony Express
Advice offered to farmers for crop claims
AgDay coming to 3i Show
Agricultural grants, loans available
American Agri-Women presents 'Champion of Agriculture' Award
Bagworm treatment needs to start, experts say
Being vigilant important in fight against sawfly
Brownback to attend Ag Day at Wellington Wheat Festival
CCGA disappointed with governor's signing of SB252
Colorado Farm Fresh Directory helps consumers find local produce
Controlling horseweed after crop emergence
Corn plantings, potential yields on track after frosts and freezes
Delayed soybean planting may reduce yields
Delegates selected to attend youth ag institute
Early season weed control is a must
Ellis County Fair to host Market Wheat Show
Farm Bureau applauds Supreme Court ruling on Oklahoma water
Farm group applauds passage of water reorganization bill
Fence building made easier
Final date for insured corn planting passes
Go green and be safe
Gov. Brownback declares June as 'Flint Hills Heritage Month'
Hemp processor provides producers with options
High Plains Journal staff receive national recognition from NFPW
Hoffman Harvesting continues harvest in Olney
Iowa State University's June field days to focus on crops
Kansas City Tour gave insight into science, research side of agriculture
Kansas Community Garden Conference set for July 8-9
KDA creates licensing guidelines to help farms, ranches, agribusinesses
KDA kicks off agricultural photo contest
MU tractor team pulls together
Noxious weed alert: Leafy spurge
Oklahoma harvest ends quickly for Misener Family Harvesters
Osowski crew begins harvest
Philanthropic initiative helps ag partners
Poison hemlock is not noxious but is intrusive, toxic
Purple corn not uncommon
Roland crew moves south, deals with travel delays
Seminars on sorghum and no-till practices presented at 3i Show
Sorghum Checkoff, Chromatin Inc. partner to develop hybids
Stay alert at train crossings
UAPB Agriculture Field Day set for June 27
Yellow corn leaves indicate loss of nitrogen; fertilizer needed in growing fields
Z Crew hits the road, harvests first load of wheat


2014 beef board budget approved
Algae changing the way producers feed
Beef entices Des Moines metro commuters
'Beef. It's What's For Dinner.' website relaunched
Bulls evaluated at BSE clinics have second highest pass rate in program history
Chair of Iowa State's Department of Animal Science to retire
Empty Ralgro wheels are valuable to the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association
Extension specialist offers advice on shopping for best mineral supplement for beef cows
Family uses agriculture as autism therapy tool
Growing beef demand
Herd records, not looks, show better genetics
Iowa Farm Bureau provides $150,000 to ISU's entrepreneurship, animal care programs
KLA names Recruiter of the Month
K-State animal sciences faculty member honored
MCA's 31st annual All-Breeds Junior Show concludes
MDA relaxes state licensing rules for some egg sellers
NCBA accepting applications for public policy internship
Oklahoma Gold and SuperGold cattle programs right on schedule
Protect livestock from predators
Ranchers need to watch for 'hardware disease' in livestock
'Steer Feedout Finale' educational event for cattle producers set June 27
Temple Grandin to speak in Dodge City
Triangle H wins Brookover award at Beef Empire Days
Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention honors agriculture professionals


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If only
Split the check


Beef demand: It was for dinner
Rain makes even the poorest land look good


Amarillo livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Corn and soybean planting move ahead minnesota
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Farmers have 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork arkansas
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grain, soybeans bids slight to modest gains
Hay trade steady in most areas
Hay trading is slow to moderate
Heat, dry conditions stress crops colorado
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Limited rainfall allows for more fieldwork nebraska
New Mexico producers have almost 7 days suitable for fieldwork new mexico
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock feeder cattle auction report
Rain limits fieldwork in some areas south dakota
Rainfall slows planting iowa
Small grain and canola harvest underway oklahoma
South Central direct sheep sales report
Springfield livestock auction report
Texas direct feeder cattle summary
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warmer temperatures allow crops to progress wyoming
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wet soil conditions limit fieldwork missouri
Winter livestock auction report
Winter wheat changing color kansas
Winter wheat continues to develop behind last year montana
Winter wheat harvest in full swing texas
Woodward livestock market report


Ibach urges use of NDA Hay Hotline
NMSU workshop to focus on management of cattle grazing on public lands
Range schools illustrate soil and grass health in relation to profitability
Tips to reduce hay drying time, produce quality forage


Adoption event planned for Moore tornado pet victims
Chapman FFA wins Helping Communities Grow competition
Entries open for columnist contest
Gardening advisors part of free community workshop
Lunder beautiful inside and out
Outshine the fireworks this 4th of July with sparkling sweets
Pulaski County workshops will teach how to better water your lawn
Steer-Aid clinic teaches youth
Taste of Texas program set for June 27
Try adding more fresh fruit, vegetables to your diet

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