Sue’s Top Apps for students with autism specturm disorder

Taken from a Post on Linked In :   by Sue Drouin M.S., CCC-SLP The iPad/iPod technology is continuing to grow and become a part of our kid’s daily life. Many families have purchased an iPad and many classrooms have at least one iPad if not more for their students. The app market continues to grow. To […]

Back to School Tips for Parents and Teachers of Kids with Autism

[Source: Autism Awareness Centre inc.]   Leslie Broun, M.Ed. As the new school year begins, many parents of students who have Autism Spectrum Disorders are filled with trepidation as they know this involves establishing a relationship with their child’s new teacher, as well as the development of routines of communication and interaction. Many parents worry […]

Children With Autism And Gastrointestinal Symptoms Have Altered Digestive Genes

  Source: Medical News Today Researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and at the Harvard Medical School report that children with autism and gastrointestinal disturbances have altered expression of genes involved in digestion. These variations may contribute to changes in the types of bacteria […]

ADHD Doubles the Risk of Injury in Grade School Kids

Photo Credit: Viola Koçi’s [Source: Medical News Today] Injury kills more 11-year-olds in the United States than all other causes combined, and a new study from University of Alabama at Birmingham reveals ADHD almost doubles the risk of serious injury among this age group. “We found that children with more ADHD symptoms, those in the […]

Premature baby brains can’t tell pain from touch

Fetuses can tell the difference between pain and touch in only the last two weeks before birth, which could help to explain why babies born prematurely often have abnormal pain responses. Lorenzo Fabrizi from University College London and colleagues used EEG, a non-invasive way of measuring brain activity, on 46 newborn babies as they underwent […]

Family Meals Help Children to Be Less Fussy About Food

ScienceDaily (Sep. 7, 2011) — A study has found that eating together as a family may encourage children to be more open to trying new types of food. This finding will be presented at the Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference to be held at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne from 7-9 September. Faye Powell, from […]

Brain Scans Show Distinct Traits in Kids With Autism

 [Source: HealthDay/Yahoo News] Photo Credit:  Kings College, London Researchers using scanning technology say they discovered physical differences in the brains of older children with autism compared to those of kids without autism. “We could discriminate between typically developing and autistic children with 92 percent accuracy,” based on the volume of gray matter in one part […]

Raising Children for Success -Do We Push Our Kids Too Much?

I have been thinking a lot about how we raise our children nowadays and have been querrying, “Do we push our kids too much?” When I was a child, I remember enjoying a story called “The Best Nest” in Grade two. I wrote a story related to it in my school literary contest and won second […]

Discovery Suggests Way to Block Fetal Brain Damage Produced by Oxygen Deprivation

  Examining brain damage that occurs when fetuses in the womb are deprived of oxygen, researchers at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered that damage does not occur randomly but is linked to the specific action of a naturally occurring fatty molecule called LPA, acting through a receptor that transfers information into young brain cells. […]