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Image: A young boy with brown hair is sitting across the table from a young man. Between them, there are colored square blocks; Copyright: MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorder

A shorter IQ test for children with special needs

29/06/2020

For decades, neuropsychologists have used the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children test as the gold-standard intelligence quotient (IQ) test to determine the intellectual abilities of children with special needs. However, this comprehensive test can take up to 2 hours to complete, and many children with special needs have a difficult time participating in such long tests.
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Graphic: Screenshot from the app; Copyright: PleaseApp

App for evaluation and treatment of social communication skills in children

26/06/2020

Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I (UJI) and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) have developed PleaseApp, an application that aims to evaluate, dynamically assess and treat pragmatic and social communication skills in children aged 3 to 12 using an attractive, playful and child-friendly environment.
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Photo: Mother talking to her daughter sitting at a table opposite her brother; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Why inclusion is more important than ever amid the coronavirus crisis

25/06/2020

How are families of children with disabilities coping during the coronavirus crisis? A recent online survey asked this question, prompting over 1,600 participants to respond in just two weeks. What do the survey results reveal about the current state of society in terms of social participation and inclusion? We asked Dorothea Kugelmeier and Dr. Raimund Schmolze-Krahn, who launched the study.
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Photo: Sapna Kudchadkar with a child in PICU; Copyright: Johns Hopkins Medicine

Many children in intensive care may not be getting rehabilitation therapy

19/06/2020

Adult patients in hospital intensive care units (ICUs) are often given rehabilitation therapy and urged to keep mobile from an early point in their hospital stays. However, the prevalence or lack of rehabilitation practices for critically ill children in pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) across the nation has been not been solidly researched. But a new study gives insights now.
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Photo: Splints adapted to the footwear of two children; Copyright: Staffordshire University

Orthotics breakthrough helps children with cerebral palsy

12/06/2020

Researchers have confirmed that adapting fine-tuned splints in combination with the footwear used by children with cerebral palsy to help them walk can decrease the energy they use by as much as 33 percent.
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Photo: Boy during playful gait training in a rehabilitation clinic; Copyright: PantherMedia/olesiabilkei

Crisis-proof?! Child and youth rehabilitation

04/06/2020

Digitally and gamified or with the help of animals – there are various ways to motivate especially children and young people for rehabilitative measures. What role these play in everyday rehabilitation and how the industry is dealing with the current Corona pandemic, you can read in our Topic of the Month June: Crisis-proof?! Child and youth rehabilitation.
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Photo: Young girl during rehabilitation in a swimming pool. The physiotherapist is sitting at the edge of the pool; Copyright: PantherMedia/welcomia (YAYMicro)

"Rehabilitation for children and young adults must keep all options open"

04/06/2020

The foundation for self-determination and control over one's own life should be laid at a very young age. A comprehensive supply of auxiliary aids and services and custom rehabilitation programs are critical for children and young adults with disabilities. This is the jumping-off point of rehaKIND, a competent partner that assists parents, providers, health insurance providers, and policy-makers.
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Photo: Boy with a disability undergoing animal-assisted rehabilitation with a dog; Copyright: PantherMedia/tifonimages

Rehabilitation in review: Helping children and young adults

04/06/2020

Whether it’s animal-assisted, game-aided, or by using digital tools – targeted early rehabilitation is important, if not essential for children and young adults with disabilities to promote self-determination and positive quality of life outcomes. What are the latest trends and developments? And how does the Coronavirus pandemic affect the industry sector?
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Photo: Young person during arm training in a rehabilitation clinic; Copyright: VAMED Klinik Hattingen

Rehabilitation during the Coronavirus outbreak: Clinical facilities stay flexible

04/06/2020

Covering mouth and nose and keeping as much distance as possible to prevent the spread of disease – if physical touch is severely restricted and involves protective measures, rehabilitation becomes an especially difficult endeavor. How have rehabilitation facilities dealt with the Coronavirus pandemic in the recent past and have things changed as the country starts to open up?
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Image: Child with cerebral palsy with a walking aid; Copyright: PantherMedia/jarenwicklund

How a network of hospitals reduced average age at cerebral palsy diagnosis to 9.5 months

02/06/2020

More than 50 percent of all eventual cerebral palsy (CP) cases spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, making early CP evaluation a crucial element of any hospital's high-risk follow-up program. The earlier children are diagnosed, the better their chances of early access to evidence-based interventions targeted specifically for CP.
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Photo: Autistic boy sitting on a windowsill and using a tablet; Copyright: PantherMedia/Dubova

Autism: Overcoming challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic

25/05/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is stressful enough, but for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families, the crisis can be especially difficult.
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Photo: Director talks to two young women who are involved in the film

Inclusive education: "Children of Utopia" creates new perspectives

21/03/2019

The debate about inclusive education is stalling and generally doesn’t even let those who are most affected have their say: students both with and without disabilities. The German movie "Children of Utopia" ("Die Kinder der Utopie") wants to change all that. That's why it will be screened in several movie theaters on May 15 as part of a nationwide campaign event – followed by panel discussions.
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Photo: Click-sonar coach Juan Ruiz while training with a kid; Copyright: Anderes Sehen e.V., www.anderes-sehen.de

"Long cane for children is a 'facilitator'– the chance to independently accomplish something"

17/08/2017

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. REHACARE.com 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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Photo: Philipp Mahler with an avatar at MEDICA 2015

"The robot facilitates and promotes the connection between children"

15/12/2015

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. REHACARE.com spoke with Philipp Mahler of Avatar Kids about the opportunities this project provides.
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