Month: July 2013

Still no discipline for teacher who posted video of distraught special education student

UTICA, N.Y. – Swift action is taken against students who post videos of teachers online. The same obviously can’t be said of the opposite scenario. A couple months ago, Utica, New York special education teacher Mark Turnpenny posted a video

Autism researchers get $1.2M to test iPad app to help children with social communication

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas researchers will train preschoolers with autism and their classmates to use an iPad voice output app to determine whether the technology can improve the deficits in communication, social reciprocity and play skills typical of children on

Autism study indicates new approach to treat condition

Researchers consider analyzing a person’s movements also could help diagnose children. INDIANAPOLIS — A team of researchers from Indiana University and Rutgers University has developed a new approach that could help better pinpoint therapies for children with autism. The method

Breastfed kids develop ADHD

We know that breastfeeding has a positive impact on child development and health —including protection against illness. Now researchers from Tel Aviv University have shown that breastfeeding could also help protect against Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the most commonly diagnosed

Tenor at IEP Meetings

For three hours Kate Grantham faced a panel of school officials to hash out a plan for her daughter’s education. About half that time, the two sides discussed how much physical therapy the school would give Sarah, who has a

Drugs not needed for ADHD

LOS ALTOS, CA, July 22, 2013 – According to recently released data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost one in five high school age boys and 11 percent of all children in the U.S. have been

A mother, at wits’ end, sets out to find help for her sick son

San Francisco — Rob Sweeney sucked on an unlit cigarette while his mother stood at the car rental counter, trying to negotiate a better deal. His legs twitched. His eyes darted right and left. His head bobbed to a beat

Eli, Inspiring Boy With Autism, Gives Brave 6th Grade Graduation Speech (VIDEO)

On Thursday, HuffPost Good News asked its Facebook readers, “Who inspires you to be a better person?” We got several amazing answers. But the one that stood out was Shannon Rosenberg’s, who simply wrote “My son,” and attached a video.

High-Functioning Autism

Several inspiring people with autism and their families were profiled on Katie Couric’s show this summer. It was wonderful to see part of a talk show dedicated to educating people on what it is like to live with autism. But

A non-pharma way to treat ADHD uses computer gaming, physical activity

A Yale neuroscientist and psychiatry professor has developed an enrichment program that could help children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder stay on task and avoid getting distracted. C8 Sciences has raised the first part of a $1.1 million fundraise in a move