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Kids and Concussions

Posted: 06/16/17 11:16

Every year, hundreds of thousands of school-aged children get concussions, a mild form of traumatic brain injury. But the after effects of a concussion can be serious. Experts from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), share what you can do to protect your child from this injury and its consequences. A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a bump or blow...

Improving Adolescents' Social and Emotional Lives Must Go Beyond Teaching Them Skills

Posted: 06/15/17 17:44

School programs designed to educate children and adolescents on how to understand and manage emotions, relationships and academic goals must go beyond improving the skills of the individuals to create a respectful climate and allow adolescents more autonomy in decision making, according to psychology research at The University of Texas at Austin. Neuroscientists have identified both early childhood and adolescence as windows of opportunity for development; and social and emotional...

Studying Children at Increased Risk of Suicide

Posted: 06/08/17 11:04

Teenagers injured through drinking, drug abuse or self-harming have a five-fold increased risk of dying from suicide in the next decade. Children and young people admitted to hospital in England with injuries related to self-harming, drugs or alcohol faced an increased risk of killing themselves over the following 10 years, according to new research. While previous studies have shown that children and adolescents who self-harm are at a higher risk of suicide, the paper by academics from...

Special Diets, Supplements for Autism Still a Question Mark

Posted: 06/01/17 19:40

Parents of children with autism often try diet changes or supplements to ease symptoms of the disorder, but a new review concludes there's no solid evidence that any work. After analyzing 19 clinical trials, researchers found little proof that dietary tactics-from gluten-free foods to fish oil supplements-helped children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Some studies showed positive effects, while others found nothing, the researchers said. Overall, the trials were too small and...

What Special Education Teachers Wish People Knew

Posted: 05/25/17 14:29

Working long hours, using your own money to pay for classroom materials, and struggling to engage students who are ready for summer vacation-yes, doing all that makes teaching a tough job. Now add the challenge of getting kids with learning disabilities like dyslexia on track academically, plus endless meetings and mountains of paperwork, and you'll have the role of a special education teacher. But here's a secret: The people who work with kids in special ed do it because really, really...

Study: Athletes with ADHD More Likely to Play Team Sports, Adding Increased Injury Risk

Posted: 05/15/17 19:03

It is estimated that roughly six million children in the U.S. have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD. And while the impact it can have on students in the classroom is often the focus of studies, less is known about how the disorder affects young athletes. Researchers at the Wexner Medical Center recently performed a study and found that athletes with ADHD have increased impulsivity which can put them at a higher risk for injury, especially in contact sports....

Strong Parent Connections Enhance Children's Ability to Develop Healthy Response to Stress

Posted: 05/10/17 15:51

Children in low-income families have an increased chance of thriving when their caregiver relationships include certain positive characteristics, according to new research from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Using data from more than 2,200 low-income families surveyed as part of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, NCCP researchers found that school-age children who reported high levels of parent...

Scientists Unravel How Protein Impacts Intellectual Disability

Posted: 05/03/17 15:51

Your brain needs just the right balance between excitatory "on" signals and inhibitory "calm down" signals. Now scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown that a protein helps balance nerve cell communication. The new study, published online in the journal Cell Reports, could have implications for potential treatments of intellectual disability and other neurodevelopmental disorders. "This paper adds a new dimension to...

More than Recess: How Playing on the Swings Helps Kids Learn to Cooperate

Posted: 04/27/17 10:20

A favorite childhood pastime -- swinging on the playground swing set -- also may be teaching kids how to get along. The measured, synchronous movement of children on the swings can encourage preschoolers to cooperate on subsequent activities, University of Washington researchers have found. A study by the UW's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) shows the potential of synchronized movement in helping young children develop collaborative skills. The study is published...

Cross-Cultural Study Strengthens Link Between Media Violence, Aggressive Behavior

Posted: 04/20/17 19:49

New research offers compelling evidence that media violence affects aggressive behavior. This first-of-its-kind study, led by Craig Anderson, a Distinguished Professor of psychology at Iowa State University, confirms six decades of research showing the effect is the same, regardless of culture.
Anderson and a team of researchers in seven different countries designed the study using the same methods and measures in order to determine if the results varied by culture or were equal. The...

Girls are Better at Masking Autism than Boys

Posted: 04/12/17 19:11

Girls with autism have relatively good social skills, which means that their autism is often not recognised. Autism manifests itself in girls differently from in boys. Psychologist Carolien Rieffe and colleagues from the Autism Centre and INTER-PSY (Groningen) report their findings in scientific journal Autism. Information about autism in girls is scarce. What we know about autism is mainly based on research among boys and men. That can be a problem, says Leiden Professor of Development...

These Women are Bringing Disabilities Education to YouTube

Posted: 04/05/17 12:42

YouTube continues to grow overtime as a platform where millions of creators upload thousands of videos each day. From Tag Videos to Short Films, YouTube provides a space for creators of all kinds to share their work with the world. However, it can become hard to find new creators with the overwhelming amount of content that exists on the website. With March being International Women's History Month, what better time to highlight some of the amazing women on YouTube that are making content...

Sesame Street Debuts Character with Autism

Posted: 03/29/17 11:05

CBS's "60 Minutes" introduced a new "Sesame Street" Muppet named Julia, who will debut on the children's educational show next month. Christine Ferraro, a "Sesame Street" writer for more than two decades, told "60 Minutes" reporter Lesley Stahl that Julia is meant to expose the show's young viewers to children with autistic traits. "It's tricky because autism is not one thing, because it is different for every single person who has autism....

Fidgeting is OK in this Grand Island Classroom

Posted: 03/23/17 11:29

A first-grade classroom at Grand Island's Charlotte Sidway Elementary has been transformed into a "multi-sensory learning space," a design which encourages a variety of learning styles - including fidgeting. The classroom includes wobble seats, ball and cube chairs, rugs, a couch, standing desks, balance boards, and low tables which allow a child to sit on the floor or kneel while working, according to teaching assistant Kim Groff. The learning space is a combination of two...

Promising Lead Reduces Autism Symptoms and More

Posted: 03/15/17 12:18

Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of autism. Even though the single gene that's responsible for it was discovered in 1991, and the disease is detected by a simple blood test, there's no treatment or cure. A team of researchers led by Michigan State University, however, has provided a promising lead in battling this disease. In the current issue of Nature Communications, the scientists identified a single protein that appears to be the culprit in causing many behavioral symptoms...

Study Finds New Link Between Childhood Abuse and Adolescent Misbehavior

Posted: 03/09/17 10:14

An important learning process is impaired in adolescents who were abused as children, a University of Pittsburgh researcher has found, and this impairment contributes to misbehavior patterns later in life. Associative learning -- the process by which an individual subconsciously links experiences and stimuli together -- partially explains how people generally react to various real-world situations. In a newly released study, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry,...

Special Education Teacher Prepares Students for the Real World

Posted: 03/02/17 20:27

As a special education teacher at Randolph Central School (RCS), Melissa Sohl is on a mission to prepare each one of her students to be a functioning adult in the community and to live as independently as they can. Over her 19 years of teaching at RCS, her biggest challenge has been teaching students with very different learning disabilities. To prepare her students who are in grades 7, 8 and 9 for the real world, Sohl sends the parents an age-specific checklist of abilities that will...


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