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Is it Becoming too Hard to Fail? Schools are Shifting Toward No-Zero Grading Policies

Posted: 07/20/16 14:06

School districts in the Washington area and across the country are adopting grading practices that make it more difficult for students to flunk classes, that give students opportunities to retake exams or turn in late work, and that discourage or prohibit teachers from giving out zeroes. The policies have stirred debates about the purpose of issuing academic grades and whether they should be used to punish, motivate or purely represent what students have learned in class. Some regard it...

Hovering Parents May Harm Kids

Posted: 07/13/16 13:20

Children with "intrusive" parents who push too hard for good grades may be more prone to become highly self-critical or anxious and depressed, a new study suggests. "When parents become intrusive in their children's lives, it may signal to the children that what they do is never good enough," said study leader Ryan Hong, an assistant professor in the department of psychology at the National University of Singapore. The five-year study of primary school students in...

'Finding Dory' Demonstrates the Importance of Helping People with Disabilities Establish Independence

Posted: 07/06/16 11:56

It's not often that people with disabilities are represented in mainstream movies, let alone in an accurate, dignified manner - but one movie out in theaters now is different. Finding Dory, the sequel to Pixar's Finding Nemo that broke box-office records on opening weekend, delivers an important message about disability that aligns perfectly with that first pillar of ADEC's mission of "A Life of their Own." Dory, a...

Companies Find Hiring Those On The Spectrum Has Vast Benefits

Posted: 06/21/16 15:38

Doug Williams started noticing the signs when his son was six months old. The absence of facial expressions. The drift of his gaze. Eventually, the agitation. The official autism diagnosis came more than a year later, along with the whirlwind of figuring out schools and therapies. Not until his son, Hayden, reached high school and Williams glimpsed him as an adult did a fresh wake-up call hit. <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica,...

Autism Documentary Headed To Theaters

Posted: 06/15/16 13:59

A coming-of-age documentary about a man with autism is set to debut at theaters across the country this summer. "Life, Animated" will be released starting July 1 at movie theaters in New York and Los Angeles, with at least a dozen other markets already committed to showing the film later in July and August. The film is based on the best-selling book "Life Animated: a story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism" by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Suskind about his son, Owen, who...

Ford Eyes Workers With Autism

Posted: 06/08/16 11:07

A major American automaker is looking to tap the potential of workers on the spectrum. Ford Motor Company said it is launching a pilot program this week designed to employ people with autism. Through the initiative dubbed "FordInclusiveWorks," the company said it will establish five new positions in product development that were "created to suit the skills and capabilities of people with autism." <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;...

New Findings Offer Hope for Those With Severe Hemophilia

Posted: 06/01/16 15:25

Two new studies could pave the way to major changes in how doctors treat severe cases of hemophilia -- a rare genetic disorder that can cause uncontrolled bleeding. Both studies tackle a key challenge: Up to one-third of children with severe hemophilia develop antibodies against the standard therapy. But one study highlights the value of an old therapy, while the other shows promising early results with an experimental drug. Experts said both should stir discussion among doctors, patients...

The Gluten-Free Diet in Children: Do the Risks Outweigh the Benefits?

Posted: 05/25/16 00:16

The prevalence of celiac disease (CD), an autoimmune disease, is increasing. The only treatment for CD is a gluten-free diet. However, the increasing prevalence of CD does not account for the disproportionate increase in growth of the gluten-free food industry (136% from 2013 to 2015). A Commentary scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics discusses several of the most common inaccuracies regarding the gluten-free...

Study of Elite Paralympic Athletes Supports Benefits of Exercise for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Posted: 05/18/16 19:17

For highly trained Paralympic athletes with cerebral palsy (CP), bone mineral density and other measures of body composition are similar to those of able-bodied adults of similar age, reports a study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. While elite-level athletes with hemiplegic CP still have reduced muscle mass on the side of their body affected by...

For ADHD, Start With Behavior Therapy, Not Drugs: CDC

Posted: 05/11/16 18:12

Behavior modification therapy is preferable to drugs for treating children 2 to 5 years old who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, U.S. health officials say. "Behavior therapy has been shown to help improve symptoms in young children with ADHD and can be as effective as medicine, but without the side effects," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Research has shown that the benefits of...

Northwestern to Pilot Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Posted: 04/26/16 11:27

Northwestern College will pilot a new program, Northwestern NEXT, for college-age students with intellectual or developmental disabilities, during the 2016-17 school year. The two-year certificate program is for 18- to 22-year-olds with documented intellectual or developmental disabilities. Participants will live in a campus residence hall with a specially selected roommate/peer mentor, participate in campus activities and social events, and take individually customized classes in...

Key Gene in Development of Celiac Disease has Been Found in 'Junk' DNA

Posted: 04/20/16 18:23

40% of the population carry the main risk factor for celiac disease but only 1% develop the disease. A newly found gene that influences its development has been found in what until recently has been known as 'junk' DNA. Celiac disease is a chronic, immunological disease that is manifested as intolerance to gluten proteins present in wheats to an inflammatory reaction in the small intestine that hampers the absorption of nutrients. The only treatment is a strict, life-long, gluten-free...

Fragile X research

Posted: 04/13/16 18:02

Researchers have new findings on fragile X, an autism-linked genetic disorder. Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is an inherited cause of intellectual disability, especially among boys. It results in a spectrum of intellectual disabilities ranging from mild to severe, as well as physical characteristics, such as an elongated face, large or protruding ears, and large testes. Accompanying behavioral characteristics include stereotypic movements, such as hand-flapping, and social...

Children with Heart Issues Benefit from Treating Entire Family

Posted: 04/06/16 18:44

A newly published national study by the Children's Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine researchers shows that "parental impact and family functioning" become increasingly abnormal when children with cardiomyopathy-related chronic heart disease are more severely ill than children less affected by the disease. The findings, published in the March 2016 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, appear to suggest that "chronic...

Schools Warned On Shortened Schedules For Those With Disabilities

Posted: 03/30/16 19:26

Like many 16-year-olds, Franklin High sophomore Jerry Grimmer loves to pal around with his friends and favorite adults at school. When his teacher, Stephanie Haynes, headed to a faculty meeting, leaving Jerry's special education class in the hands of teacher's aides, Grimmer piped in: "You want me to handle the class, Mrs. H?" She suggested he read aloud to the class, and he did. A full school day is a welcome change for the Southeast Portland teen. For an entire school year,...

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