Scientists Find Age-Related Changes in How Autism Affects the Brain

In the study, titled “Developmental Meta-Analysis of the Functional Neural Correlates of Autism Spectrum Disorders,” Daniel Dickstein, M.D., FAAP, director of the Pediatric Mood, Imaging and Neurodevelopment Program at Bradley Hospital, found that autism-related changes in brain activity continue into adulthood. “Our study was innovative because we used a new technique to directly compare the […]

Why Girls May Be Protected Against Autism

Author: Maia Szalavitz Boys outnumber girls when it comes to autism diagnoses, and researchers may have uncovered one reason why. Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls, but whether that trend is rooted in biological differences between the genders or the fact that girls might simply hide their symptoms […]

Can Breakfast Make Kids Smarter?

Feb. 5, 2013 — New research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has found that children who regularly have breakfast on a near-daily basis had significantly higher full scale, verbal, and performance IQ test scores. In one of the first studies to examine IQ and breakfast consumption, researchers examined data from 1,269 children […]

Using Whole Body Listening to Increase Executive Functioning Skills

Written by: Elizabeth Sautter, MA, CCC-SLP & Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP How many times have we, as parents and teachers, said to our children, “Pay attention!” or asked “Why aren’t you listening to me?” in a not-so-nice tone of voice. We give our children many directives, “Clean up the bathroom!”, “Get your backpack!”, “Put your […]

Children’s Complex Thinking Skills Begin Before Going to School

This story is reprinted from materials provided by University of Chicago. Jan. 23, 2013 — New research at the University of Chicago and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that children begin to show signs of higher-level thinking skills as young as age 4 ½. Researchers have previously attributed higher-order thinking development […]

Five Tips for Building Resiliency in Students with Special Education Needs

Author: Crawford Dedman Special Education Consultant www.challengingminds.com As we venture into the second half of the school year, I have been thinking a lot about the topic of resiliency in students. Resiliency can be defined as the ability to persist in the face of adversity or the ability to bounce back after facing a challenging […]

Study Says Background TV Adds Significantly to Children’s Exposure

Author: Julie Rasicot Many families may be spending time relaxing around the TV over the holidays. A recent study suggests, however, that parents and caregivers should be mindful of turning off the set if no one’s actually watching to limit hours of unintended exposure for kids. Researchers found that, on average, children in the United […]

Tips for Improving Reading Fluency

The following tips are a summary from the National Reading Panel’s Report on reading fluency. When your child reads out loud, does it sound choppy or broken up? Does your child have trouble understanding and remembering things he has read out loud? Your child may benefit from some tips on improving reading fluency. What Is […]

ADHD Linked to Oxygen Deprivation Before Birth

Story Source: The below story is reprinted from materials provided by Kaiser Permanente, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS. Dec. 10, 2012 — Children who had in-utero exposure to ischemic-hypoxic conditions, situations during which the brain is deprived of oxygen, were significantly more likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder later in life as compared […]

Bedwetting and Special Needs Children

Author: Austin Sheeley Bedwetting can be frustrating for both children and parents, whether or not they have special needs. But don’t worry–there are several things you can do to help your child overcome bedwetting. 1. Be Supportive! Perhaps the most important thing is to simply be supportive. Children put great trust in their parents’ beliefs. […]