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Breakthroughs in Diagnosing, Preventing Autism

Posted on January 01, 2012

New research says it's possible to help diagnose autism in babies as young as a year old and an early diagnosis could allow for earlier intervention or potentially stop a child from developing autism. Autism typically isn't diagnosed until a child starts to show delays in talking and other milestones that occur after age 2. A study published in this month's Current Directions in Psychological Science says the medical community has new clues about what to look for in even younger children.

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Preschool Participation: Lowered Poverty, Substance Abuse, Incarceration as Adults

Posted on October 10, 2011

To cut crime, raise education and income levels, and reduce addiction rates among the poor, no program offers more bang for the buck than preschool, as a new study published in Science demonstrates. The long-term study followed 1,539 children born in 1979-80. They lived in the lowest-income neighborhoods of Chicago, where nearly 40% of residents live below the poverty line; most of the children were African American. More than 950 of the families in the study participated in Chicago's Ch

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Study: Developmental Delay for Late Preterm Babies

Posted on October 10, 2011

Developmental Risks Are Possible for Babies Delivered at 34 to 36 Weeks of Pregnancy Late preterm babies born from 34 to 36 weeks of pregnancy may be at an increased risk for modest developmental and academic problems up to age 7, when compared to babies born at full term, according to a new study. Most research on the risks associated with preterm birth looks at infants born between 23 and 28 weeks of pregnancy, but significant brain development takes place in the last four to six weeks

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1 in 6 Children Have a Developmental Disability

Posted on September 09, 2011

Autism Leads Rise of Developmental Disabilities in U.S. Kids Developmental disabilities among American children increased 17 percent in the past decade led by a rise in autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, generic a U.S. government study found. The prevalence of the developmental disorders rose to 15 percent of U.S. children, or about 10 million, in 2006-2008, from 12.8 percent, or about 8 million, in 1997-1999, according to the study from the Centers for Disease Control and

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Learning new Words: Repetition or Insight?

Posted on June 06, 2011

Study Finds Sudden Insights Key to Learning Words Parents and teachers often use flashcards and picture books to teach young children new words, click but a new study suggests that understanding basic words may come from a flash of initial insight more than repetition. “What we know is children are getting a lot of input from their world, pill and they are teasing out what information is useful or not useful, prescription ” said Janice H. Im, the interim chief program officer for the Was

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What are the Early Warning Signs of Specific Learning Disabilities?

Posted on May 05, 2011

Children with learning disabilities exhibit a wide range of symptoms. These include problems with reading, mathematics, comprehension, writing, spoken language, or reasoning abilities. Hyperactivity, inattention and perceptual coordination also may be associated with learning disabilities but are not learning disabilities themselves. The primary characteristic of a learning disability is a significant difference between a child's achievement in some areas and his or her overall intelligence.

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Should kindergarten students use iPads?

Posted on April 04, 2011

Moments after her daughter worked on writing and pronouncing letters on an iPad 2 Thursday, Natasha Landry said she was happy the Auburn School Committee voted to give kindergartners the tablet computers in the fall. “It makes it easier for teachers to teach a larger group of kids, one on one, without having more teachers,” Landry said in the hall of Washburn Elementary School. The $200,000 cost for the iPad 2 tablets will be less than hiring more teachers, she said. “It probably

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Research: Pre-K Students Show 82% Gains

Posted on April 04, 2011

NASHVILLE -- A new Vanderbilt University study found that children who attended Tennessee's public prekindergarten gained an average of 82 percent more on early literacy and math skills than comparable children who did not attend. The study released Thursday by Vanderbilt's Peabody Research Institute compared the performance of 303 children—pupils randomly admitted to state-funded pre-K classes in 23 schools and others who applied but were not admitted due to space limits. Read more HERE&

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What Do You Mean By Red Flags? A Parent Perspective on Discovering Their Child’s Disability

Posted on November 11, 2010

On March 27, 2007 our beautiful baby boy was born.  He was perfect in every way. Ten little toes, ten little fingers, beautiful bright blue eyes just like his older siblings. Mason was a sweet little boy, maybe a tad bit fussier then a mother or father would hope for, but overall a delight to our family. That first year of life was so fun, he nailed every expected milestone at or ahead of the doctor’s expectations. One of the first things that tipped us off that something was not

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