New Brain Development Disorder Identified

Summary: Researchers have identified a new neurodevelopmental disorder. The study reveals the inherited disorder can produce learning difficulties and increase seizure risks. The researchers have implicated a recessive mutation in CAMK2A in this new disorder. Source: eLife. Researchers have identified a new inherited neurodevelopmental disease that causes slow growth, seizures and learning difficulties in humans. Writing in the journal eLife, the team reveals that this disease is caused by a recessive mutation in CAMK2A – […]

Toddlers with Cerebral Palsy, Language Delays Could Benefit from Earlier Intervention, Study Finds

BY Ana Pena The ability of young children with cerebral palsy to understand language can accurately predict their language skills and difficulties later in life, according to a recent study. The study also concluded that children with cerebral palsy who are unable to speak should receive early intervention to help them overcome speech difficulties and to avoid developmental delays as they grow. The study,“Longitudinal growth of receptive language in children with cerebral palsy between 18 months […]

Special Education: Increasing Job Opportunities for Students through Engagement in Career Technical Education

By: Dr. Christine Powell INTRODUCTION: The job market is changing and students receiving special education services, as well as special education stakeholders, need to be a part of the new educational movement. Many public school districts across the nation are realigning education curriculums in support of college and career readiness objectives for public school graduates, which include many students with Individual Education Plans (IEP). There are good reasons for linking academics with career pathways, but […]

The 10 Best Cities for Accessible Living

by Angie Bersin     Metro DC, Salt Lake City, and Tampa are leading the way in accessibility for housing, public transit, attractions and healthcare With Global Accessibility Awareness Day last month, we took a look at the most accessible cities throughout the country. The Social Security Administration estimates that one in five Americans is living with a disability, which can pose a specific set of challenges during everyday life. Although legislation exists that requires accessibility in public […]

As You Were Saying…Help dentists aid all patients

by James T. Brett  Recently, I met a young man with Down syndrome who is in a public school just outside Boston. He spends most of his days in regular classroom settings and receives some extra help through an adult classroom aide. His junior high school experience was a reminder of how much better things are for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, specifically more educational opportunities and better access to jobs, all leading to […]

Study Finds Facial Analysis Software Able to Identify Patients with Williams-Beuren Syndrome

A new study has shown that researchers have successfully used facial analysis technology and clinical information to successfully identify patients with Williams-Beuren syndrome, a rare condition that causes cardiovascular problems and intellectual disability. Though Williams-Beuren syndrome is a genetic condition, most case are not inherited. It affects about 1 in 7,500 to 10,000 people. People with the condition have distinctive facial features including puffiness around the eyes, a short nose with a broad tip, full […]

Understanding Your Child’s Medications

By Caitlin Hoff As a parent or caretaker of a child with special needs, it can sometimes be overwhelming to speak with doctors or healthcare professionals. In the beginning, the medical jargon can seem like a foreign language preventing you from fully understanding the situation your child is in. It can be incredibly overwhelming when you simply want to know that your child is safe and in good hands. Over time, however, this dialogue will […]

Let’s Get Moving! Providing movement within a wheelchair seating system

by Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS  One disadvantage of wheelchair seating is that it doesn’t move. As a result, the child doesn’t move – unless they move out of an optimal position. Lack of movement leaves the child in a static sitting position for extended periods of time. This can lead to range of motion losses, increased pressure, agitation, fatigue, and discomfort. Movement, on the other hand, can decrease agitation, increase alertness, provide sensory […]

Children with special needs can be an asset to society – our cafe proves it

BY Lucy Beattie When I was approached about working in a special needs school my first thoughts were, I’m not sure I could do that, I’m not sure I want to work with unresponsive children, in an environment full of medical needs and where children dribble as they eat, in a school at the top of the hill that most local residents don’t even realise is there. Having now worked in Three Ways school for […]

Swimming Lessons May Be A Life-saver For Children With Autism

By Tim Newman A recent study investigating injury mortality in people with autism spectrum disorders delivers some surprising and disturbing results. According to the authors, swimming lessons for children with an autism diagnosis should be a priority. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by a difficulty with social interactions, communication problems, and repetitive behaviors. They are estimated to affect around 1 in 68 children. Above and beyond the symptoms of ASD, individuals with a diagnosis […]