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Food allergies connected to children with autism spectrum disorder


A new study from the University of Iowa finds that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more than twice as likely to develop a food allergy than children who do not have ASD.
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Researchers change clinical practice for infants with diabetes


Infants with diabetes can drop insulin syringes. This will be new clinical practice after a recent study, now published in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. Researchers from Bergen and Exeter have been leading the work, which causes children worldwide to replace insulin syringes with tablets.
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Why children with autism may be at risk of bullying


Children with autism may be at risk from bullying because they are more willing to accept unfair behaviour say psychologists.
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New research shows that children with autism are able to create imaginary friends


Playing with an imaginary companion (IC) helps children learn essential social skills such as empathy with other people. It is often believed that autistic youngsters are incapable of creating pretend play pals - a further hindrance to their development of emotional understanding.
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US autism rates rise 15 percent


A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which uses research by Rutgers University, shows a significant increase in the estimated percentage of 8-year-old children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States.
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More choices please: Making children and youth travel more inclusive


Where are you headed? There is usually a quick answer to this question when it comes to inclusive travel options for children and adolescents with disabilities. That’s because the inclusive approach hasn’t really asserted itself yet with many travel providers. A strategic action plan to promote more inclusion in travel is supposed to change this in the future.
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Colorful, personalized, playable: e-NABLE creates 3D printed hand devices


Under the name e-NABLE Germany e.V., Lars Thalmann, Bernice Walter and Jan Hengst produce prosthetic hands for children and adolescents. What makes this so extraordinary: the young user gets to decide the look of the prosthesis because he/she can choose the color of the personalized model that comes from a 3D printer.
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Exergames: More fun with rehabilitation and exercise through games


They make you want to exercise and are perfect for young and old people: so-called exergames. These exercise games with a health objective are becoming increasingly popular in the realm of prevention measures and rehabilitation. Plus they have one unbeatable advantage: they are just plain fun.
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"Long cane for children is a 'facilitator'– the chance to independently accomplish something"


The long cane offers the possibility to be independent and effectively mobile as a person with visual impairment. Children in particular could get used to him in a playful way. The association "Anderes sehen e.V." has co-developed the children's long cane. spoke to Ellen Schweizer, the founder of the association, about the fact that inclusion is not a burden, but can bring joy.
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"The robot facilitates and promotes the connection between children"


A robot that provides a link between hospital and classroom? The project Avatar Kids makes this possible: acutely ill children are able to actively participate in school activities with the help of a tablet computer. The teacher facilitates the communication. spoke with Philipp Mahler of Avatar Kids about the opportunities this project provides.
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