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Reading To A Child Or Infant Brings You Closer Together

“You may have wealth and power untold; Caskets of silver, coffers of gold. But richer than I you could never be  I had a mother who read to me”   Strickland Gilliam These words have been indelibly etched in my mind and have been with me for as long as I can remember.  I was extremely fortunate, the beneficiary of parents who believed strongly in education and the value of the written word.  My mother would […]

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Australia first: cord blood research may unlock future treatments for cerebral palsy

Australia’s first clinical trial of stem cell infusion from cord blood as a possible treatment for cerebral palsy (CP) is commencing in Melbourne. The safety trial, led by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), will recruit patients nationally and take place at The Royal Children’s Hospital. Expected to take two years, the study is being funded by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation and Cell Care, Australia’s largest private cord blood bank. It is the […]

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Toilet Training Children with Special Needs

The issue of when and how to begin toilet training can be particularly challenging for parents of children with special needs. While no parent wants to push an already challenged child to perform in ways that are impossible, the sense of accomplishment experienced when he does succeed in this important aspect of self-care can make an enormous difference in his level of self-esteem. Perhaps more than other parents, those who have children with physical, intellectual, […]

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Why do children with autism often have language delays?

Pictured above: Waisman researchers Susan Ellis Weismer (left) and Jenny Saffran (right) studied language acquisition in children with and without autism. Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, often have significant delays with expanding their vocabularies and other language skills compared to typically developing children. Yet, “we know very little about [language] processing in [children with ASD] or the mechanisms underlying it,” says Susan Ellis Weismer, a professor of communication sciences and disorders at […]