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Autism Study Provides Gender Disparity Insight
Researchers have long known that boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to be autistic, but the reason why has remained a mystery. American and French geneticists teaming up to study autism have now come up with new insight into why this disparity may exist between the genders in the occurrence of the disorder.The massive study of DNA samples from 16,000 participants with neurodevelopmental disorders, and additional samples from 800 families with diagnosed cases of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ...
Posted on: March 08, 2014
Transition of Medicare Therapy Review Contractors
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced transition dates for Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) due to the issuance of new contracts. The transition dates affect the manual medical review process for therapy claims, though it is unclear if or when providers will see changes in the additional documentation requests (ADRs) for therapy services provided over $3,700. Current RACs were instructed to stop processing initial ADR requests in Feb. Because there is a delay in process and ...
Posted on: March 07, 2014
Auditory Deficit in Children with Autism
New research published in the Journal of Pediatrics suggests the use of listening devices can ameliorate auditory deficits in children with autism.The objectives of the research were to evaluate both monaural and binaural processing skills in a group of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and to determine the degree to which personal frequency modulation (radio transmission) (FM) listening systems could ameliorate their listening difficulties.Related ContentSpeech & HearingLooking for more ...
Posted on: March 06, 2014
Autism a Lucrative Career Path?
The demand for high quality applied behavior analytic services has grown in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that one in every 50 children in America has autism. Research shows autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in America.Now, more and more young adults are deciding to become autism professionals. A need so great, that the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has created the RBT certification which will ensure that ...
Posted on: March 05, 2014
New Autism Definition May Decrease Diagnosis
New diagnosis guidelines for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) issued by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) may reduce by almost one third the total number of people being diagnosed, according to new research from Columbia University School of Nursing published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. The guidelines, released in May 2013 and the first major update to psychiatric diagnosis criteria in almost two decades, may leave thousands of developmentally delayed children each ...
Posted on: March 04, 2014
Advice for Speaking with a Person Who Stutters
This week, the nationally-syndicated advice column "Miss Manners" advised readers on speaking with a person who stutters. Judith Martin, the legendary "Miss Manners" advice columnist since 1978, responded to an inquiry about the proper protocol when speaking with a person who stutters.The reader asked: "DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is the proper protocol when speaking with someone who has a stutter? Is it considered helpful or rude to assist him in completing a sentence or question?"Miss Manners ...
Posted on: March 03, 2014
Royal Caribbean First Autism-Friendly Cruise Line
For an autistic child, a cruise can be a minefield. Everything about the experience, from waiting to board to crowded spaces to loud noises, can be frightening.Royal Caribbean moved to address those issues today when it became the first line to be certified as "autism-friendly".The new designation, awarded by the travel organization Autism on the Seas, indicates the line will take specific measures to help its guests with autistic family members enjoy their cruise.The award marks "a turning point in the ...
Posted on: March 02, 2014
Potential Solution for Feeding, Swallowing Difficulties in Autistic Children
Collaborative research out of the George Washington University (GW) reveals new information on the pathogenesis of feeding and swallowing difficulties often found in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and intellectual disability. Using an animal model of DiGeorge/22q11 Deletion Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes autism and intellectual disability, the GW group found clear signs of early feeding and swallowing disruption and underlying changes in brain development. The ...
Posted on: March 01, 2014
Study of Jazz Players Shows How Brain Processes Music, Language
The brains of jazz musicians engrossed in spontaneous, improvisational musical conversation showed robust activation of brain areas traditionally associated with spoken language and syntax, which are used to interpret the structure of phrases and sentences. But this musical conversation shut down brain areas linked to semantics - those that process the meaning of spoken language, according to results of a study by Johns Hopkins researchers.The study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) ...
Posted on: February 28, 2014
Stuttering Support Group Holding 5K Run/Walk in March
The National Stuttering Association (NSA): Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter at Misericordia University is holding the inaugural 5K run/walk, "Don't Tell Me to Slow Down,'' on Sunday, March 30 in support of the National Stuttering Association and the nationally recognized, student-run stuttering support group on campus. The race/walk begins at 10 a.m.The "Don't Tell Me to Slow Down'' 5K run/walk was organized by the NSA: Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter at Misericordia University, Misericordia University's ...
Posted on: February 27, 2014
Autism Parents in Canada Fight For Service Dogs in Schools
Parents of children with autism are battling school boards on an equal-rights issue that promises to heat up ahead of this month's provincial by-elections: Do dogs belong in classrooms?Families that have seen their easily agitated, sometimes non-verbal children blossom into calmer, more communicative kids around highly trained service animals think so. Supported by lawyers and equal-rights activists, they are fighting for the dogs to be viewed as assistive devices, no less essential than hearing aids in ...
Posted on: February 26, 2014
Cinema Screens 'Lego Movie' for Kids with Autism
Watching a movie at a commercial theater is usually a lesson in restraint. As the sound system thunders and images splash across a giant screen, patrons are expected to sit quietly, no feet on the reclining seats. Excessive talking or popcorn rattling can trigger shushing or even worse.For children with autism, the whole movie going experience can be too much to tolerate. But it wasn't for those who attended a special showing of "The Lego Movie" at Cinemagic Grand at Clarks Pond. The children could talk ...
Posted on: February 25, 2014
Toxic Chemicals Linked to Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia
Toxic chemicals may be behind the rising number of children with autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, U.S. researchers said. Co-authors Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and Philip Landrigan, dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, said the study outlines possible links between newly recognized neurotoxicants and negative health effects on children, including: Manganese ...
Posted on: February 24, 2014
Can Comics Help Promote Fruit Consumption Among Youth?
A recent pilot study in Brooklyn, New York, with minority students found that exposure to Manga comics (Japanese comic art) promoting fruit intake significantly improved healthy snack selection. As snacking accounts for up to 27% of children's daily caloric intake, and childhood obesity has been linked to inadequate intake of fruits and vegetables, the results of this study could have wide-reaching implications."Manga comics could be used to promote healthier behaviors and beliefs related to fruit ...
Posted on: February 23, 2014
AMC Hosts Sensory-Friendly Films for Autistic Children
AMC Theatres has teamed up with the Autism Society of America to present Sensory Friendly Films for children on the autism spectrum. The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program keep their lights on and the sound turned down, and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing, bucking the tradition of the "silence is golden" movie theatre experience.BackgroundIn ...
Posted on: February 22, 2014