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Hidden population: Thousands of youths take on caregiver role at home

Photo: Young hand reaching out and holding old hand [15/10/2014] While the typical preteen or adolescent can be found playing sports or video games after school, more than 1.3 million spend their free time caring for a family member who suffers from a physical or mental illness, or substance misuse.Hidden population: Thousands of youths take on caregiver role at home - Read more

Running and playing with disability – aids and appliances for children with motor restrictions

Children love being on the move and conquering the world on their own little feet. In many cases restrictions in mobility thereby need not be a reason for not participating in such pleasurable moments. Often it is simply a question of using the right aids and appliances so that also girls and boys with a disability can unlock new realms of experience and develop a higher degree of independence.Running and playing with disability – aids and appliances for children with motor restrictions - Read more

Children with autism are more sedentary than their peers

Photo: Boy with autism sitting and drawing [29/09/2014] A new Oregon State University (OSU) study of children with autism found that they are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day sitting.Children with autism are more sedentary than their peers - Read more

New clinical trial for children with autism to target parents

Photo: Father talking to his son [15/09/2014] In a first of its kind clinical trial, Debra Zand and her team at Saint Louis University, will run an intervention program to help parents address and manage their children's challenging behaviors immediately after being diagnosed with autism.New clinical trial for children with autism to target parents - Read more

Exercise before school may reduce ADHD symptoms in kids

Photo: Boy riding a bike [10/09/2014] Paying attention all day in school as a kid isn't easy, especially for those who are at a higher risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A new study from Michigan State University and University of Vermont researchers shows that offering daily, before-school, aerobic activities to younger, at-risk children could help in reducing the symptoms of ADHD in the classroom and at home.Exercise before school may reduce ADHD symptoms in kids - Read more

Inclusion, of course, means being a part of something - also visually

In the future children with handicap shall be a natural part of the class community in mainstream schools. This social change is necessary and was long overdue. Aids and appliances make it easier for these children to compensate for their disability. They are intended to serve and support them in utilising their full potential and develop their abilities. Inclusion, of course, means being a part of something - also visually - Read more

Socially-assistive robots help kids with autism learn by providing personalized prompts

Photo: Representation of the 'copycat game' interaction between the child and the Nao robot [29/08/2014] A team of researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering shares results from a pilot study on the effects of using humanoid robots to help children with autism practice imitation behavior in order to encourage their autonomy.Socially-assistive robots help kids with autism learn by providing personalized prompts - Read more

Avoiding abuse: Empathy, realistic expectations key to raising a child with disabilities

Photo: Baby lying on a gymnastic ball [06/08/2014] Children with developmental disabilities are at higher risk for abuse and neglect from parents than children developing at a typical rate. So far, there was little evidence of specific parental behaviors that were associated with the risk, but a Saint Louis University (SLU) study finds inappropriate expectations and lack of empathy play a significant role in triggering the risk. Avoiding abuse: Empathy, realistic expectations key to raising a child with disabilities - Read more

Children with disabilities benefit from classroom inclusion

Photo: Pupils in class [04/08/2014] The secret to boosting the language skills of preschoolers with disabilities may be to put them in classrooms with typically developing peers, a new study finds. Researchers found that the average language skills of a child's classmates in the fall significantly predicted the child's language skills in the spring – especially for children with disabilities.Children with disabilities benefit from classroom inclusion - Read more

Mothers of children with autism benefit from peer-led intervention

Photo: Woman encouraging another woman [23/07/2014] Peer-led interventions that target parental well-being can significantly reduce stress, depression and anxiety in mothers of children with disabilities, according to new findings.Mothers of children with autism benefit from peer-led intervention - Read more

 
 

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