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The Study of Nonverbal Autism Must Go Beyond Words, Experts Say

This article was originally found on SFARI.org Author: Sarah DeWeerdt 2 September 2013 The study of nonverbal autism must go beyond words, experts say. Interactive devices do not hinder nonverbal children with autism from learning to speak, and may even help them. Roughly 25 percent of people with autism speak few or no words. A […]

ADHD Drugs Don’t Lead To Better Performance In School: Focused Children Still Need Direction, Study Says

Source: Currie J, Stabile M, Jones L. Do Stimulant Medications Improve Education and Behavioral Outcomes for Children with ADHD? The National Bureau of Economic Research. 2013. Giving a child Ritalin or Adderall won’t make him necessarily more focused on school, especially in the long term. It’s perhaps the most controversial disorder of the 21st century: […]

‘Boys Will Be Boys’ in U.S., but Not in Asia

Taken from Science Daily Story Source: This story is reprinted from materials provided by Oregon State University ——————————————————————————————————— May 22, 2013 — A new study shows there is a gender gap when it comes to behavior and self-control in American young children — one that does not appear to exist in children in Asia. In […]

Interventions Offer New Hope For Autistic Children Who Never Learn To Speak

Source (Medical News Today) An Autistica consultation published this month found that 24% of children with autism were non-verbal or minimally verbal, and it is known that these problems can persist into adulthood. Professionals have long attempted to support the development of language in these children but with mixed outcomes. An estimated 600,000 people in […]

New Hope for Autistic Children Who Never Learn to Speak

Found on: Science News Apr. 24, 2013 — An Autistica consultation published this month found that 24% of children with autism were non-verbal or minimally verbal, and it is known that these problems can persist into adulthood. Professionals have long attempted to support the development of language in these children but with mixed outcomes. An […]

10 Art Projects for Kids with Sensory Issues

Written By: Erin McNeill Kids with sensory issues are sometimes resistant to art projects because they don’t enjoy being messy or they don’t enjoy touching the mediums that are squishy, wet, or are made up of smaller parts, such as sand or rice. If you want to engage your child in art projects, it’s best […]

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 […]