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How iPads can support learning for students with autism
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Education-technology advocates are discovering the numerous benefits that mobile devices, including iPads, can have for students. But a growing number of special-education teachers are finding that iPads can have a positive effect on their students with autism in particular. Students with autism often have trouble communicating and might struggle with transitions, such as changing classes, getting on a school bus or taking a field trip. A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control indicated that one out of every 88 children is believed to have autism or fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. More

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Advocates want school using shock therapy defunded
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A national coalition of disability advocacy groups is calling on the federal government to stop providing funds to a Massachusetts school that uses skin-shock therapy on students with disabilities. In a letter sent to health and education officials in the Obama administration, 20 groups including The Arc, the Autism Society, TASH and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law called for federal funds being sent to the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Mass., to be halted. More

New report released on children's health and the environment
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The EPA's latest report, "America's Children and the Environment, Third Edition," shows the latest trends for contaminants in air, water, food and soil that may affect children. The report also shows how concentrations of contaminants in the bodies of children and women can be harmful to the individuals who have been exposed those contaminants, as well as childhood illnesses and health conditions. More

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White House: Schools must open sports to disabled
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The Obama administration for the first time is telling school districts across the U.S. that they must give disabled students equal access to extracurricular sports, a move that advocates say has been years in the making. In a letter to schools, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter of the Department of Education says schools should provide "reasonable modifications" to allow disabled students to participate — for instance, providing a deaf track athlete with a flashing light that goes off simultaneously with the starter pistol that others hear. More

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Food allergies become a bigger legal issue
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Allergic to gluten? What about peanuts? Federal disabilities law may be able to help. The Justice Department said in a recent settlement with a Massachusetts college that severe food allergies can be considered a disability under the law. That gives those who suffer from such allergies a new avenue in seeking menus that fit their diet. But some say it goes too far. The decision leaves schools, restaurants and other places that serve food more exposed to legal challenges if they fail to honor requests for accommodations by people with food allergies. More

How technology can improve post-secondary outcomes for students with autism
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The challenges associated with autism are costly to the affected individuals, their families and society. Individuals with autism face difficulties in communication and socialization, as well as increased risk of behavior problems that can severely impact their ability to participate in everyday activities. Children with autism grow into adults with autism, and current statistics are showing that the majority of these adults do not keep up with their peers by attending college or getting competitive employment after high school. More

Overcoming impact of adversity on learning
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Poverty, neglect or family stress can make it especially difficult for young children to develop the self-discipline and habits of mind they will need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Armed with research and a commitment to the whole child, Washington state has transformed the way its agencies work together and in partnership with researchers to address the effects of early adversity on learning and to help disadvantaged children build resiliency and other so-called executive-function skills they need to learn and grow. In the process, officials hope to create a national model for rapidly translating new research in fields like cognitive and neuroscience into usable practice. More

Yoga may have positive effects on ADHD
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Yoga has positive effects on mild depression and sleep complaints, even in the absence of drug treatments, and improves symptoms associated with schizophrenia and ADHD in patients on medication, according to a systematic review of the exercise on major clinical psychiatric disorders. Published in the open-access journal, Frontiers in Psychiatry, the review of more than one hundred studies focusing on 16 high-quality controlled studies looked at the effects of yoga on depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, sleep complaints, eating disorders and cognition problems. More

Study: Close to half of kids late receiving vaccines
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More and more babies and toddlers aren't getting their recommended vaccines on time, a new study suggests. Of more than 300,000 U.S. kids born between 2004 and 2008, almost half were "undervaccinated" at some point before their second birthday — in some cases because parents chose to forgo shots recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More

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After criticism, DSM Committee changes course
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Experts behind the new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders didn't back down on major changes to the definition of autism, but appear to have made an about-face when it comes to intellectual disability. Initial plans to revise the diagnosis of "mental retardation" in the forthcoming fifth edition of the psychiatric manual called for the condition to be renamed "intellectual developmental disorder." Critics blasted the proposal because it was inconsistent with the more commonly accepted term "intellectual disability" which has already been adopted in many federal and state laws. More


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Mapping our online communications - From bullying to relationships
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When we typically think of kids who are the victims of school bullying, what comes to mind are isolated youth who do not fit in. A new study, however, shows that when that harassment occurs online, the victims tend to be in mainstream social groups at the school — and they are often friends or former friends, not strangers. The research is part of a burgeoning field of study into the effects of social media on everyday relationships and behavior. Personality and social psychologists are finding surprising ways in which people's online environments and relationships reflect and influence their real-world ones, as presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual meeting in New Orleans. More

Emergency room visits linked to ADHD medications up sharply
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U.S. emergency department visits involving attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder drugs more than doubled from 2005 to 2010, with the largest hike occurring among adults, says a new government report. In that period, such ER visits rose from about 13,400 to 31,200, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. More

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