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Archive of: Special Needs

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Study reveals one-in-four moms wonder if a special needs evaluation is needed for their child

Study reveals one-in-four moms wonder if a special needs evaluation is needed for their child

Parents magazine has revealed exclusive results from a study of moms of children with special needs and those whose children are typically developing, comparing their opinions on the health and happiness of children in their communities.

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Smart technology helps doctors spot autism

Smart technology helps doctors spot autism

Someday your doctor may be able to examine your infant, notice a telltale physical characteristic and say, “Your child has autism — but we’ve caught it early, so don’t worry.” For now, that kind of autism biomarker doesn’t exist, and most autism is not discovered until a child is 4 or 5 years old, when the brain is fairly set in its ways.

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Dealing with Tantrums, ABA style

Dealing with Tantrums, ABA style

We’ve all seen it. We’ve all heard it. Some of us have experienced it directly. In the grocery store. In the library. In the restaurant. The dreaded screaming, kicking, crying child. As a behavior analyst, tantrums are the number one complaint that I hear from parents.

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Testing during routine checkups indicates earlier diagnosis possible

Testing during routine checkups indicates earlier diagnosis possible

An updated screening tool that physicians administer to parents to help determine if a very young child has autism has been shown to be much more accurate than earlier versions at identifying children who could benefit from further evaluation, according to researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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Tips for after-school play dates for children with autism and peers

Tips for after-school play dates for children with autism and peers

Inclusion of those with special needs can promote good understanding, awareness and acceptance for all involved.

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Parent assistance is available

Parent assistance is available

The Local Task Force on the Right to Education in Allegheny County (LTF3) serves as a resource for children with all disabilities and their families in the 42 school districts in Allegheny County. Their role is to communicate needs and problems to the appropriate sources.

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 Pittsburgh Cultural Trust offers Autism friendly performance of The Lion King

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust offers Autism friendly performance of The Lion King

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will serve as the third city in the country to present an autism-friendly performance of Disney’s THE LION KING, tailored to the needs of adults and children on the autism spectrum. The special performance is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm., at the Benedum Center.

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Early signs of autism

Early signs of autism

A recent report released earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported 1:88 children in the United States have been identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a 23% increase since 2009. ASD is also 3-4 times more common in boys than in girls. With more children being diagnosed at earlier ages, a growing number by 3 years old, parents are asking more questions about their own child’s development. What should they do if they think something doesn’t feel quite right about their child in their early years?

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Top tips for helping a child with autism read

Top tips for helping a child with autism read

More than 67 percent of all U.S. fourth graders scored "below proficient" and are not reading at grade level, according to a recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Literacy advocate and bestselling author Monica Holloway, of Cowboy & Wills [Simon & Schuster], is passionate about promoting literacy and spreading awareness for autism.

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Can learning disabilities be mitigated?

Can learning disabilities be mitigated?

Interventions, if carried out consistently and faithfully, can make a huge difference in preparing a child’s brain and nervous system for easy learning and information processing. These interventions are (1) midline exercises and (2) nutritional interventions, particularly the essential brain fats.

Web 2013