Month: October 2012

Out-of-school suspensions costly to kids, taxpayers

In the 2010-11 school year, 15 elementary school campuses in the Houston Independent School District meted out more than 100 out-of-school suspensions. Think about that. Most elementary schools serve kinder­gartners through fifth- or sixth-grade students. So HISD principals and teachers

Autism Tough to Spot Before 6 Months of Age

Signs didn’t typically emerge until later, and early diagnosis didn’t mean case was more severe (HealthDay News) — The development of 6-month-old babies who are diagnosed with autism in toddlerhood is very similar to that of children without autism, a

Parenting Kids with ADHD

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. – Hyperactive kids with ADHD are always on the go, according to Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. It’s like they have a motor

Gentic Factors in ADHD Risk

Researchers have identified a specific allele that may raise the risk of both smoking and ADHD by influencing a patient’s behavior and cognitive function The Gist Why is it that ADHD patients are so much more likely to smoke, and

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Educators Understanding Dyslexia

Patrick Wilson – What do you think of when you hear the word dyslexic? All too often the reflex reaction is a stream of negative associations — “slow reader,” “under performance,” “extra time on exams,” “difficulty spelling.” While it is

Self-Advocacy, Mentors Key For College Students With Disabilities

College remains a hurdle for many with disabilities. Now a new study offers insight on what separates individuals with special needs who are ultimately successful in higher education from those who are not. In interviews with recent graduates with disabilities,

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Down Syndrome Changed Our Lives for the Best

The Yelenosky family provides monthly activities for teens with Down syndrome and their families at GiGi’s Playhouse in Aurora. Samantha Yelenosky was a surprise arrival to her family. Her sister, Jackie, and brother, Mitch, were 11 and 12 years old,

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Mothers of ADHD kids at risk for depression

If you are the mother of a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may be at increased risk for depression, according to a study conducted by a Louisiana-based family physician. Dr. Louis McCormick conducted a year-long study of

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Autism Intervention Early On Has Many Benefits

Early intervention therapy specially designed to improve cognitive and linguistic skills among autistic children as young as 12 months old has been found to be effective in improving their social skills and decreasing symptoms associated with the disorder, according to

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Testing Autism and Air Travel

FOR Dana Napoleon, a flight attendant in Tacoma, Wash., zipping in and out the nation’s airports every week is second nature. Yet she is still filled with dread every time she flies with her 10-year-old son. Other children might scamper

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