Autism, ADHD is Again Associated with Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

by Elizabeth Hlavinka, Staff Writer, MedPage Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in pregnancy was tied to increased risk of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a prospective cohort study, researchers said. Among 996 mother-child pairs, those with higher levels of acetaminophen exposure — measured through biomarkers in cord blood at delivery — the chances that offspring would be diagnosed later with ADHD or ASD were significantly greater, reported Xiaobin Wang, MD, MPH, of Johns […]

Blue Halloween buckets to raise autism awareness

A mom looking to make her son’s Halloween a better experience has made an impact on tens of thousands of people. Omairis Taylor posted about her 3-year-old son on Facebook, explaining that he has nonverbal autism and trick-or-treating has been difficult for them in the past. Last year, she said, she had to explain at every house for five blocks that her son was not going to say “trick or treat” because he is nonverbal. […]

Studies challenge the claim that black students are sent to special ed too much

Two quantitative studies find that black students are under-identified for disabilities at school Decades of research have documented that students of color, particularly black children, are disproportionately classified by schools as having disabilities. In 2016, 12 percent of black children across the nation received services at school for disabilities ranging from emotional disturbances to physical disabilities to intellectual impairment. Only 8.5 percent of white children received those services. The disability rate for Hispanic students — […]

Ways to be an Advocate on National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

I have the best little sister in the world. I’m not bragging though…this is just a fact! She’s kind, caring, a member of the Foster-Schmidt dance company, a huge fan of slapstick humor, and a devoted employee at the Johns Creek Police department. She also happens to have Down syndrome and a bonus 21st chromosome. I celebrate and love on my sister all of the time. National Down Syndrome Awareness Month is an extra excuse […]

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month – Facts about Down Syndrome

What is Down Syndrome? Down syndrome is a condition in which a person has an extra chromosome. Chromosomes are small “packages” of genes in the body. They determine how a baby’s body forms during pregnancy and how the baby’s body functions as it grows in the womb and after birth. Typically, a baby is born with 46 chromosomes. Babies with Down syndrome have an extra copy of one of these chromosomes, chromosome 21. A medical […]

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Down syndrome occurs across the human spectrum and is the most common chromosomal condition. Each year, about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome — a 1 in 700 chance. The prevalence of Down syndrome increases with the mother’s age. It is associated with delays in physical growth, characteristic facial features and intellectual disability. In fact, the average IQ of an adult with Down syndrome is equivalent to that of an 8-year-old. These are just […]

Top 10 facts that parents, educators and students should know

Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities 1. The statistics – Students with disabilities are much more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. Although only 10 U.S. studies have been conducted on the connection between bullying and developmental disabilities, all of these studies found that children with disabilities were two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. (Disabilities: Insights from Across Fields and Around the World; Marshall, Kendall, […]

Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Disabilities

Finding Breast Cancer Early Can Save Lives Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Thinking “breast cancer won’t happen to me” is a risk no woman should take. Having a screening mammogram regularly is an important way to maintain good health. A mammogram, which is an X-ray picture of the breast, is the best way to find breast cancer […]

Bullying and Children with Disabilities and Special Health Needs

Children with disabilities—such as physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, and sensory disabilities—are at an increased risk of being bullied. Any number of factors— physical vulnerability, social skill challenges, or intolerant environments—may increase the risk. Research suggests that some children with disabilities may bully others as well. Kids with special health needs, such as epilepsy or food allergies, also may be at higher risk of being bullied. Bullying can include making fun of kids because of their […]

Cultivating Executive Function In Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

What is Executive Function? Babies and little children typically react to any stimulus they encounter in a manner that is impulsive, concrete and present-oriented. They have not yet developed organized play and so they engage in a kind of sensory “muck-about”, going from one stimulus to the next, impulsively putting their hands in things and putting things in their mouths. Their play is often disorganized and repetitious. As children develop, however, they are increasingly able […]