Monthly Archives: March 2013

New study finds no link between ‘too many vaccines’ and autism

New study finds no link between ‘too many vaccines’ and autism A new study adds to years of research showing that childhood vaccines do not cause autism, despite worries among a growing number of parents that their young children receive “too … Continue reading

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The waitress, the autistic girl and the broken hamburger

The waitress, the autistic girl and the broken hamburger “I think most people, just out of fear and the unknown, don’t know how to interact with a kid with autism, so people will usually just keep the interaction with me.” … Continue reading

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Disabled surfers brave the waves in Brazil

Disabled surfers brave the waves in Brazil One minute, Renata Glasner is watching the waves crash on Leblon beach from her wheelchair. The next, she’s plowing through the turbulent waters on a specially adapted surfboard. Glasner, a 35-year-old graphic designer … Continue reading

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Robots Show Promise For Social Skills Development

Robots Show Promise For Social Skills Development New research suggests that robots could offer a remarkable tool to help children with disabilities master social skills. Using a modified version of a so-called humanoid robot, researchers at Vanderbilt University say they’ve … Continue reading

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Don’t Blame Autism for Newtown

Don’t Blame Autism for Newtown Let me clear up a few misconceptions. For one thing, Asperger’s and autism are not forms of mental illness; they are neurodevelopmental disorders or disabilities. Autism is a lifelong condition that manifests before the age of 3; … Continue reading

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Mom: Down Syndrome doesn’t change my dreams

Mom: Down Syndrome doesn’t change my dreams With this diagnosis, I am now faced with the challenge of redefining every goal and dream I had for my daughter. I am scared, naturally.

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Autism diagnoses on the rise, study finds

Autism diagnoses on the rise, study finds Laura Schieve, a CDC epidemiologist and coauthor of the study, said many milder cases were not formally identified until children entered school and it became clear that they required extra services. Sometimes the … Continue reading

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Autism Rate Soars To 1 In 50 Kids

Autism Rate Soars To 1 In 50 Kids In less than a year’s time, the federal government is again revising the prevalence of autism upward, saying the developmental disorder now affects 1 in 50 children. The latest estimate released Wednesday … Continue reading

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Grandfather’s Age Plays Role in Autism Development

Grandfather’s Age Plays Role in Autism Development Men who have children after they turn 50 not only increase their children’s risk for developing autism, but may increase their grandchildren’s risk for developing it, too, researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet found.

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Mental Health America (MHA) celebrates “Black History Month”

Mental Health America (MHA) celebrates “Black History Month” According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) statistics an estimated 19 million people in the United States experience depression each year. African Americans are a population that is less likely … Continue reading

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