In The Moment ... June 10, 2019 Show 592 Hour 1

Dr. Suma Jacob is director of the Autism Research Program at the University of Minnesota. She joins us with an update on the SPARK study and how it is impacting families in South Dakota.

June 13 and 14, Augustana University is host to Lighting the Way: Autism Spectrum Disorders in our Own Community.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 29, 2019 Show 564 Hour 1

Last year, the Center for Disease Control reported that 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Krystal Trull is the mother of an autistic child and has planned "Autism Awareness in April and Always." She's joined by Lorri Unumb, Vice President of State Government Affairs with Autism Speaks.

Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 30, 2018 Show 326 Hour 1

The CDC estimates that one in 150 8-year-olds in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder. Are the numbers on the rise, or is the definition of autism expanding. What, if anything does it mean for parents as they look at their children and wonder about behavior and development?

Tressa Dykstra is a nurse practitioner at Sanford Children's Hospital.

The University of Minnesota

In The Moment ... April 10, 2018 Show 312 Hour 2

Can scientists speed up the research on autism and advance our understanding? Can South Dakotans join in the effort?

Dr. Suma Jacob is director of the Autism Research Program at the University of Minnesota. She returns to In The Moment after visiting South Dakota last August.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 10, 2017 Show 153 Hour 2

What do you wish you knew about autism? What are the next keys to unlocking the complex puzzle for families? Dr. Suma Jacob is a double board-certified psychiatrist. She is the director of the Autism Research Program at the University of Minnesota. She joins us for a conversation about autism and genetic research.



In The Moment ... June 7, 2017 Show 109 Hour 2

We begin hour two of the program with the Dakota Political Junkies. Joining us today is Dana Ferguson with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Also with us is Roger Whittle, editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. We discuss the accessibility of South Dakota’s Congressional delegation, Democrat Billie Sutton’s entry into the 2018 gubernatorial race, and more.

Authorities in Sioux Falls are launching a program to help identify children with special needs who go missing. Parents can enter details about their kids in a Sioux Falls police database. That can make it easier to distribute information to officials if a child is lost. 

Police in Sioux Falls now have a database to house information on children with disabilities so they have quick access if a child is missing. Parents can use an online form to register in the Special Needs Directory. Details include name, height, weight, disabilities, any means of tracking the child – and a place to add a photograph.

Autism Services, Coverage to be Studied

Mar 13, 2014

State lawmakers want to know what services and insurance coverage is available to children with autism. Senate Bill 108 was amended in conference committee Thursday morning after Senators didn't agree to the House's hoghouse amendments.
Representative Scott Munsterman says constituents brought the issue to him when their daughter lost coverage for treatment that helped her autism. He says the amended version of Senate Bill 108 has changed from the original House bill that dealt more with insurance, but says the study group will help legislators understand what's needed.


Ethan Engel grew up in Winner, South Dakota and has struggled with autism since childhood. Today he is a senior and an Art major at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. Engel is working to show others that despite having a disability, success is possible.


Ethan Engel says growing up with autism was tough. But, he says, looking back - he now considers his “disability” a gift.