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Following election, disability advocates fear budget cuts
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With the presidential election decided, there's a sense of relief among disability advocates in Washington, but new uncertainty is setting in with a series of deep budget cuts on the horizon. Just days after President Barack Obama secured a second term in the White House and control of Congress remained virtually unchanged, disability advocates say they are happy to know who the players in Washington will be going forward, but remain concerned about the challenges ahead. More

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ADHD drugs impact the brain's reward system
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Two to three percent of children in Denmark meet the standards to be diagnosed with ADHD, making it extremely important to understand how ADHD drugs work. Now, University of Copenhagen researchers are gathering new information about the impact of ADHD medicine by utilizing a new mathematical reconstruction of a small part of a particular brain region which processes reward and punishment, which always involves the chemical dopamine. More

Learning specialist helps dyslexia patients through art
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On any afternoon, you can find Cathy Cook standing in the middle of the hallway, playing catch, standing on one foot or fiddling with a ball of clay. Cook isn't trying to find her inner child; she's doing a focusing exercise with Jeremiah, her 5-year-old grandson who is coping with dyslexia. After the focusing exercise, Cook takes Jeremiah into the office, pulls out a gray ball of modeling clay and gives him a sizable chunk to play with. During the session, he grabs bits of the clay and rolls it in his tiny hands until he's made every planet. More

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Early treatment improves behavior, communication and brain function in children with autism
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When given early treatment, children with autism spectrum disorders made significant improvements in behavior, communication, and most strikingly, brain function, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in a new study. The study was published in the current issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders by Yale Child Study Center researchers Fred Volkmar, M.D., Kevin A. Pelphrey, and their colleagues. The results suggest that brain systems supporting social perception respond well to an early intervention behavioral program called pivotal response treatment. This treatment includes parent training, and employs play in its methods. More

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Educational programs help learning disabled succeed in college
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Nationwide, only 10 percent of students who have learning disabilities go to college because they think they can do the work. What they don't realize is that many universities and colleges provide special programs and/or services for students who have learning differences, according to Tom Huff, specialist in teaching students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia or attention deficit disorder, at Eton Academy in Birmingham, Ala. More

A challenge unmet
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Chicago elementary school students with learning or emotional disabilities miss far more school days than their peers without disabilities, the Tribune found in an analysis of internal attendance data from the district. These missed days undermine the education of an already-vulnerable population. Consider the students in grades K-8 whose designated primary diagnosis is a learning disability — a disorder generally affecting the ability to use or understand language. More

Mobile apps make reading fun for children with dyslexia, occupational therapist says
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Mobile apps and daily visual activities can encourage children with dyslexia to participate in reading exercises, says Lenin Grajo Ed.M., instructor of occupational science and occupational therapy at Saint Louis University. "Reading has always been looked at as a skill you should be able to master," Grajo said. "My approach basically focuses on participation. I look at how much you like doing a task rather than how well you can do it." Dyslexia is a learning disability, in which children have a neurological disorder that causes their brain to process and interpret information differently. But with the help of educators and therapists, kids with dyslexia can develop and enjoy reading and writing activities, and build confidence. More

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Girls with ADHD: Overlooked, underdiagnosed and underserved
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Boys with ADHD are usually easy to spot because of their behavior. Boys are more likely to have the combined type of ADHD: hyperactive impulsive behaviors, inattentive behaviors, and a combination, so they're more apt to be noticed. Girls are more likely to have the attentional type of ADHD, which can lead to difficulty in attending and focusing rather than in disruptive behavior. More

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Richard Branson and the dyslexia advantage
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At 16, Richard Branson embarked on his first business venture in publishing. Two years later, he set up an audio-record mail-order business, and then he founded Virgin Records, a chain of record stores that would later become one of the top six record companies in the world. Today, Virgin Group consists of more than four hundred companies in 30 countries, according to Branson's book, "Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach you at Business School." The book also describes him as "the only person in the world to have built eight billion-dollar companies from scratch in eight different countries." He's exploring the highest of highs (outer space) and the lowest of lows (the deepest crevices of the Earth) — all while folding social and environmental responsibility into his missions. Your typical entrepreneur? Hardly. His secret to success? Dyslexia. More


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Where do children with autism go after they 'age out' of school or graduate?
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Gabriel Tamez is in his final years at San Benito High School in California and says he likes school, well, just a little bit. Gabriel is autistic and participates in transitioning into the real world by taking field trips to local stores to help clean. "At McCoy's we're dusting and fixing," says the 20-year-old. Once he ages out of school his options are limited. More

How intellect and behavior emerge during childhood
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Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have shown that a single protein plays an oversized role in intellectual and behavioral development. The scientists found that mutations in a single gene, which is known to cause intellectual disability and increase the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder, severely disrupts the organization of developing brain circuits during early childhood. This study helps explain how genetic mutations can cause profound cognitive and behavioral problems. The study was published in the journal Cell. More

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