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Children with tics can be helped by both group and individual therapy


Nonvoluntary stressful movements or sounds are everyday reality for children and adolescents with Tourette Syndrome, but the symptoms can be significantly reduced - both when help comes individually and in a group.
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Study helps children hit the right note in supporting autistic peers


Collaborative music lessons in schools improve the attitudes of pupils towards their peers with autism, a new study in the journal Autism reports. Researchers found that the interactive sessions produced findings that could potentially reduce bullying of autistic students.
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Program significantly reduces delay in autism diagnosis


A University of Missouri-Columbia Telehealth program provides a combination of hands-on training, virtual discussions and practice to help primary care providers diagnose autism in young children. The program significantly reduces diagnostic wait times for young children at highest risk for autism and saved families an average of 172.7 miles in travel for diagnosis.
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Therapy dogs effective in reducing symptoms of ADHD


In a first of its kind randomized trial, researchers from the UCI School of Medicine found therapy dogs to be effective in reducing the symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.
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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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