Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.More >>
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -
Children with autism often lack communication and social skills, and those behavioral challenges can prevent them from learning at home and at school. This week, parents and educators are picking-up some alternative teaching techniques at an Autistic Conference in D'Iberville.
Shelia Ervin is determined to educate people about what she calls a disability of the mind. Her nine year old son William is autistic. A simple outing can turn noisy in an instant, because William lacks verbal communication skills.
"A lot of times it's a screaming match. It's head butting. He can become very distraught very easily. So then, of course, the other children don't want to play with him because they don't understand," said Ervin.
The children's ministry at Ervin's church wants to help William. Six church members are attending an Autism Conference, hosted by the Mississippi Center for Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities in D'Iberville.
Thirty-five parents, family members, friends, and teachers are learning how to break down the communication and education barriers when working with autistic children. For instance, they can use pictures, sign language, and stories that focus on social interaction.
"We wanted to bring together parents and education personnel so they would both hear the same techniques, so parents would understand what teachers are going to be doing in their classrooms, and also how they can follow up at home," said June Burr, Director of Center Operations.
"It's not that they can't learn. The question is you have to meet them on their level to how they can learn," said Ervin. "I think it's a wonderful thing, especially for our teachers."
Based on a 2009 study, more than 1,500 Mississippians ages three to 21 are autistic. Experts say early diagnosis and intervention can help autistic children learn and lead productive lives.
"The whole area of autism is one that is growing phenomenally through the U.S. now and so many children are affected and there are a lot of questions that people have about what to do with this child that has autism," said Burr. "If they get this intervention early on, it can mean the difference of being a productive citizen or one who is at home and not able to work or be in the community."
The Summer Autism Conference continues Tuesday at the D'Iberville Civic Center. Teachers will learn how to set up their classrooms that will cater to the learning styles of autistic children.
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