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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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Reducing the Stress of Mealtimes for Picky Eaters

As a behavior analyst, I learned a long time ago, that fixing “bad” or ineffective routines was extremely difficult. However, creating new routines was always much easier. THE REALITY VERSUS THE DREAM For so many parents (with or without children on the autism spectrum), difficulties at mealtime are a daily reality and these struggles can make mealtimes one of the least preferred parts of their lives. Anticipating another battle royale over eating can often lead […]

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Effective Behaviors of Parents Raising a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

BY PAUL CURD, PSY.D. While every child is unique, it is my hope that if you are a parent of a child with ASD, perhaps you will find something useful in these voices of experience. Over the last 15 years, I have been fortunate to be able to work with many children, teens, and adults who have been impacted in one way or another by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). During the time I have spent […]

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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, […]