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Home videos of children can be scored to diagnose autism


Short home videos can be used to diagnose autism in children, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The research expands on a 2014 feasibility study on the topic by the same researchers.
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Music improves social communication in autistic children


Engaging in musical activities such as singing and playing instruments in one-on-one therapy can improve autistic children's social communication skills, improve their family's quality of life, as well as increase brain connectivity in key networks, according to researchers at Université de Montréal and McGill University.
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Naps help some preschoolers learn, but may hinder learning in children with down syndrome


A growing body of research has linked sleep with improved learning and memory consolidation in both children and adults. Yet, a new study done at the University of Arizona shows that napping may not be universally beneficial.
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How schools can optimize support for children with ADHD


New research gives the clearest guidance yet on how schools can best support children with ADHD to improve symptoms and maximise their academic outcomes.
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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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