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New clinical trial for children with autism to target parents

Photo: Father talking to his son [15/09/2014] In a first of its kind clinical trial, Debra Zand and her team at Saint Louis University, will run an intervention program to help parents address and manage their children's challenging behaviors immediately after being diagnosed with autism.New clinical trial for children with autism to target parents - Read more

Exercise before school may reduce ADHD symptoms in kids

Photo: Boy riding a bike [10/09/2014] Paying attention all day in school as a kid isn't easy, especially for those who are at a higher risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A new study from Michigan State University and University of Vermont researchers shows that offering daily, before-school, aerobic activities to younger, at-risk children could help in reducing the symptoms of ADHD in the classroom and at home.Exercise before school may reduce ADHD symptoms in kids - Read more

Inclusion, of course, means being a part of something - also visually

In the future children with handicap shall be a natural part of the class community in mainstream schools. This social change is necessary and was long overdue. Aids and appliances make it easier for these children to compensate for their disability. They are intended to serve and support them in utilising their full potential and develop their abilities. Inclusion, of course, means being a part of something - also visually - Read more

Socially-assistive robots help kids with autism learn by providing personalized prompts

Photo: Representation of the 'copycat game' interaction between the child and the Nao robot [29/08/2014] A team of researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering shares results from a pilot study on the effects of using humanoid robots to help children with autism practice imitation behavior in order to encourage their autonomy.Socially-assistive robots help kids with autism learn by providing personalized prompts - Read more

Avoiding abuse: Empathy, realistic expectations key to raising a child with disabilities

Photo: Baby lying on a gymnastic ball [06/08/2014] Children with developmental disabilities are at higher risk for abuse and neglect from parents than children developing at a typical rate. So far, there was little evidence of specific parental behaviors that were associated with the risk, but a Saint Louis University (SLU) study finds inappropriate expectations and lack of empathy play a significant role in triggering the risk. Avoiding abuse: Empathy, realistic expectations key to raising a child with disabilities - Read more

Children with disabilities benefit from classroom inclusion

Photo: Pupils in class [04/08/2014] The secret to boosting the language skills of preschoolers with disabilities may be to put them in classrooms with typically developing peers, a new study finds. Researchers found that the average language skills of a child's classmates in the fall significantly predicted the child's language skills in the spring – especially for children with disabilities.Children with disabilities benefit from classroom inclusion - Read more

Mothers of children with autism benefit from peer-led intervention

Photo: Woman encouraging another woman [23/07/2014] Peer-led interventions that target parental well-being can significantly reduce stress, depression and anxiety in mothers of children with disabilities, according to new findings.Mothers of children with autism benefit from peer-led intervention - Read more

Pediatric autism study conducted entirely online

Photo: Internet browser search [16/07/2014] University of California San Francisco (UCSF) researchers have completed the first Internet-based clinical trial for children with autism, establishing it as a viable and cost effective method of conducting high-quality and rapid clinical trials in this population.Pediatric autism study conducted entirely online - Read more

Inadequate support in schools for diabetic children

Photo: Pupils in class [14/07/2014] Diabetic pupils who receive inadequate support from schools and insensitive treatment from teachers may not be managing their condition adequately, with worrying long-term consequences for their health. This means there is an urgent need for greater awareness of the disease, so that young people with diabetes are not singled out for unwanted attention and have the facilities they need.Inadequate support in schools for diabetic children - Read more

Picture books for visually impaired kids go 3-D

Photo: Children reading a picture book [09/07/2014] A children's classic that already is a candidate for the all-time best feel-good book, "Goodnight Moon," has gotten a boost: A University of Colorado (CU) Boulder team printed the first 3D version of it, allowing visually impaired children and their families to touch objects in the story – like the cow jumping over the moon – as it is read aloud.Picture books for visually impaired kids go 3-D - Read more

 
 

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