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1970s Experiment Shows Benefit of Early Education Interventions

Children who participated in a landmark early childhood intervention known as the Abecedarian Project in the 1970s are now in their late 30s and early 40s. And, relatively speaking, their physical health is more robust compared with other adults, according to recent findings.The social experiment, a carefully controlled scientific study originally spearheaded by Craig Ramey, formerly of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now a professor and distinguished research scholar at the Virginia ...

Posted on: April 18, 2014
Conn. SLP Program Receives Accreditation News

The speech-language pathology (SLP) Program at Sacred Heart University (SHU) in Fairfield, Conn. was awarded candidacy, the first stage of accreditation conferred by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). This status is awarded for an initial period of five years to new programs that demonstrate compliance with the Standards for Accreditation as outlined in CAA's Standards Compliance Continuum. ...

Posted on: April 18, 2014
Chili's Cancels Autism Fundraiser over Vaccine Issue

Chili's Grill and Bar canceled a national fundraising drive that supported the National Autism Association, a not-for-profit group that links vaccinations to autism in some cases.The Chili's fundraiser would have donated 10% of a table's check Monday to NAA, upon the guest's request, at more than 1,200 participating restaurants.In an e-mailed statement, Chili's said it would find another way to support families affected by autism."While we remain committed to supporting the children and families affected ...

Posted on: April 17, 2014
PSHA Awards Scholarship to SLP Grad Student

Midori Rodriguez, a speech-language pathology (SLP) graduate student at Misericordia University in Dallas, Penn., was awarded the 2014 Von Drach Memorial Scholarship by the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) at the 55th annual Convention, "Champions for Clinical Excellence & Innovative Practice,'' in Pittsburgh, Penn., in April.The 2014 award marks the seventh consecutive year a SLP student from Misericordia University has received the prestigious scholarship. The award is given ...

Posted on: April 17, 2014
Speech and Hearing Infographic

Soliant Health recently researched and published a 2 part infographic series about creative activities for speech and hearing therapy to encourage parents and families to continue important therapy in the home. To read more, click here.Speech and Hearing Therapy Ideas - Bringing Fun and Play Home Brought to you by Soliant Health

Posted on: April 16, 2014
World's First: Cyberknife Treats Vocal Cord Cancer

Stephen Wiley, a lifelong cowboy from Terrell, Texas, has helped UT Southwestern Medical Center pioneer a new treatment for vocal cord cancer. Wiley volunteered to be the world's first known patient to be treated for vocal cord cancer with CyberKnife, a surgeon-controlled robotic device that destroys tumors with highly precise doses of radiation.Wiley, a yard driver for a manufacturing company who also raises horses on his own time, said he started waking up in the morning with a hoarse voice and thought ...

Posted on: April 15, 2014
Scientists Identify Key Cells in Touch Sensation

In a study published in the April 6 online edition of the journal Nature, a team of Columbia University Medical Center researchers led by Ellen Lumpkin, PhD, associate professor of somatosensory biology, solve an age-old mystery of touch: how cells just beneath the skin surface enable us to feel fine details and textures.Touch is the last frontier of sensory neuroscience. The cells and molecules that initiate vision - rod and cone cells and light-sensitive receptors - have been known since the early 20th ...

Posted on: April 14, 2014
Memphis Grad Programs Earn Top Ranks

Two University of Memphis programs have been ranked among the top graduate programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.The Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology programs in the University of Memphis' School of Communication Sciences and Disorders ranked 12th and 15th, respectively, according to the 2015 ranking. U.S. News & World Report analyzes more than 1,300 graduate programs. The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders has been ranked nationally since 1997.According to Maurice ...

Posted on: April 13, 2014
Cognition Test Plays Key Role in A4 Trial for Alzheimer's Disease

Cognition testing technology developed by Cogstate will be used to track the neurological health of elderly people involved in the multinational Phase III clinical trial of a promising new Alzheimer's disease drug.The "A4" trial will involve 1000 elderly people across 60 trial sites in the US, Canada and Australia, and it will assess a drug which may prevent, or slow the onset, of dementia in those considered at-risk but yet to show AD symptoms.Details of the trial were published last month in the journal ...

Posted on: April 12, 2014
Eye Movement When Reading May Indicate Alzheimer's disease

Researchers have suggested that alterations in eye movements when reading could be linked to impairments in working memory and an early indication of Alzheimer's disease according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.The study focused on a group of 18 patients with a diagnosis of probable Alzheimer's disease. Eye movements were recorded at the Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS), BahĂ­a Blanca, Argentina. The visual stimuli were sentences in Spanish designed ...

Posted on: April 11, 2014
Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In Womb

The symptoms of autism may not be obvious until a child is a toddler, but the disorder itself appears to begin well before birth.Brain tissue taken from children who died and also had autism revealed patches of disorganization in the cortex, a thin sheet of cells that's critical for learning and memory, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Tissue samples from children without autism didn't have those characteristic patches.Organization of the cortex begins in the second trimester ...

Posted on: April 10, 2014
10 Tips for Parents of an Autistic Child

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Catherine Lord, director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and a national authority on autism spectrum disorders (ASD), offers families guidance and tips for coping with a child's diagnosis.Have hope. Every day we learn more about how to help people with ASD.Remember that your child is an individual. Your child is first and foremost his or her own unique person, then a child, then a child with strengths and ...

Posted on: April 09, 2014
Volunteering at NJ School Led Student to Become SLP

When Emily Teed was a freshman at Bernards High School in 2001-2002, she needed to complete a 10-hour community service requirement. "My mom grew up in Peapack-Gladstone," she recalls, "and she remembered supporting and visiting Matheny when she was a child. So, she suggested I volunteer at Matheny, too."Teed began coming to the Matheny School and Hospital (now the Matheny Medical and Educational Center) on Saturday mornings, working with the recreation therapy department from 10 a.m. to noon. "I really ...

Posted on: April 08, 2014
'Wandering' not just a Problem among Autistic Toddlers

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) impairs a person's ability to communicate and relate to others. As a result, individuals on the spectrum are more likely to have a 911 encounter than the average citizen. Often times, this is in response to a child or individual with ASD "wandering" or eloping from their home, school or safe location.Wandering is the tendency for an individual to try to leave the safety of a responsible person's care or a safe area, which can result in potential harm or injury. This might ...

Posted on: April 07, 2014
Girls Protected from Autism, Study Suggests

It takes more mutations to trigger autism in women than in men, which may explain why men are four times more likely to have the disorder, according to a study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.1The study found that women with autism or developmental delay tend to have more large disruptions in their genomes than do men with the disorder. Inherited mutations are also more likely to be passed down from unaffected mothers than from fathers.Together, the results suggest that women are ...

Posted on: April 06, 2014
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