Social Stories: An Emerging and Effective Intervention for Students with Autism Spectrum

Over the past decade social stories have shown promise as a positive and proactive classroom strategy for teaching social skills to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). They continue to be widely discussed, reviewed, and recommended as an effective and user-friendly behavioral intervention. Social stories allow the child to receive direct instruction in learning the […]

Autistic Brains Develop More Slowly Than Healthy Brains, Researchers Say

ScienceDaily (Oct. 20, 2011)  — Researchers at UCLA have found a possible explanation for why autistic children act and think differently than their peers. For the first time, they’ve shown that the connections between brain regions that are important for language and social skills grow much more slowly in boys with autism than in non-autistic […]

A combination of rare and common genetic variations could play a part in biological pathways linked to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Cardiff University scientists revealed last year that children with the condition, like those with autism, were more likely than unaffected individuals to carry duplicated or omitted small DNA segments known as copy number variants (CNVs). The findings suggested that rare genetic variations contribute to ADHD risk. Similar findings have been found for autism, schizophrenia and […]

Celebrate Crawling! 8 Reasons Crawling Creates Capable Kids

Did you know that this generation of kids is less likely to crawl than any generation in the history of toddlers? That is, if you live in the U.S. or the U.K. We have embraced the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) “Back To Sleep” program which trains new Moms to place their babies on their backs to […]

Just Say “No” to Keyboarding in Kindergarten

 In an earlier piece for Huff — and an earlier segment of Body, Mind and Child — I asked whether or not we should continue to teach handwriting in the digital age. I found the feedback surprising, as more individuals than expected unequivocally proclaimed that handwriting is a thing of the past. While I’m not […]

Dyslexia Not Related to Intelligence

One’s intelligence appears unrelated to the specific brain pattern that causes dyslexia, researchers reported Thursday. The findings are important because they suggest that IQ shouldn’t be considered by education specialists when diagnosing dyslexia. In fact, doing say may bar some children from receiving special education services to improve reading comprehension. The study, funded by the […]