Understanding and Treating the Cognitive Dysfunction of Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease

ScienceDaily (Mar. 1, 2012) — Down syndrome (DS) is the most common genetic disorder in live born children arising as a consequence of a chromosomal abnormality. It occurs as a result of having three copies of chromosome 21, instead of the usual two. It causes substantial physical and behavioral abnormalities, including life-long cognitive dysfunction that […]

Cochlear implant surgery conducted on newborn

Cochlear Implant Surgery Conducted on Newborn MUSCAT — An Omani medical team from the Armed Forces Hospital has successfully conducted a cochlear implant on a three-and-a-half-month-old Omani baby. It was the first such operation to be carried out in the Middle East on a newborn who is less than one year old. The team was […]

Predicting a Child’s Language Development

ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2012) — We depend on a barrage of standardized tests to assess everything from aptitude to intelligence. But do they provide an accurate forecast when it comes to something as complex as language? A study by Diane Pesco, an assistant professor in Concordia’s Department of Education, and co-author Daniela O’Neill, published earlier […]

Can’t understand your goat? Maybe it’s his accent

By Heather Yundt There’s no kidding around about this — goats develop accents, a United Kingdom study suggests. Scientists previously believed that the calls of goats, which have limited vocal abilities, were determined by genetics. Instead, this research found that kids — young goats — adapt their calls to their social group. Elodie Briefer and […]

Living With Celiac’s Disease- Tips for Survival

By: Jill Topp I was diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease after my second child was born, in 2006. I went on Weight Watchers to lose the baby weight, was breastfeeding, and I could not, for the life of me, understand why I was losing my baby weight so quickly and easily. Since my diagnosis, I have […]

Raising a Child with Autism When Hugs Are In Short Supply

By Connie. Will a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder limit my emotional connection to my child? As parents we all want to cuddle, kiss and hold our children. Not only do they feel good to hold but they smell good too – most of the time. But what is a parent to do when […]

Researchers Rewrite Textbook On Location of Brain’s Speech Processing Center

ScienceDaily (Jan. 30, 2012) — Scientists have long believed that human speech is processed towards the back of the brain’s cerebral cortex, behind auditory cortex where all sounds are received — a place famously known as Wernicke’s area after the German neurologist who proposed this site in the late 1800s based on his study of […]

Imagine…What is it Like to be the Parent of a Child with Selective Mutism

By: Joleen Fernald, MS CCC-SLP, Doctoral Student, PediaStaff Clinical Coordinator All children will experience social difficulties from time to time. This is not only a normal, expected part of growing up, but also an important learning experience for children. As they muddle through social problems with their peers, children will learn to negotiate, compromise and […]

Obesity, the Sensory/Emotional System and Learning

By: Susan N. Schriber Orloff, OTR/L “Childhood obesity can have complications for the physical, social and emotional well-being of your child” The Mayo Clinic Staff Paper And I should know…a reformed “chubster” who remembers being told that I was so fat I made “the carpool car go down when I got in”. NOT fun and […]

Navigating the Social World of Elementary School (Notes for Parents and Teachers and Those Who Support Them)

By: Diane I. Ferber-Collins MBA, MA, C.A.S. Social Skills, Social Cognition and Social Thinking are all terminology used to describe the social abilities. As our students develop physically, cognitively and emotionally, their social development also follows a developmental trajectory. For many children, the full repertoire of social skills come easily through everyday interactions with adults […]