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Photo: Children playing with musical instruments in the classroom; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Graham Oliver

Music develops the spoken language of the hearing-impaired

12.07.2019

Finnish researchers have compiled guidelines for international use for utilising music to support the development of spoken language. The guidelines are suitable for the parents of children with hearing impairments, early childhood education providers, teachers, speech therapists and other rehabilitators of children with hearing disabilities, as well as the hearing-impaired themselves.
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Understanding how tics are suppressed may help some at risk for tic disorders

10.07.2019

Identifying kids who control their tics may help others at risk for Tourette syndrome.
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Photo: Boy sitting on stairs with his head down between his knees; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Kati Neudert

Bullying gets worse as children with autism get older

26.06.2019

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to experience bullying than children without ASD and this bullying gets worse with age, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.
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Kids with headache after stroke might be at risk for another stroke

24.06.2019

A new study has found a high incidence of headaches in pediatric stroke survivors and identified a possible association between post-stroke headache and stroke recurrence. Headache developed in over a third of participating children, on average six months after the stroke. Fifteen percent of patients had another stroke, typically in the first six to 12 months after the initial stroke.
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Image: two boys each raising one arm and holding a small baseball with the inscription “Diabetes TrialNet” in their other hand; Copyright: Benaroya Research Institute

Drug delays type 1 diabetes in people at high risk

17.06.2019

A treatment affecting the immune system effectively slowed the progression to clinical type 1 diabetes in high risk individuals, according to findings from National Institutes of Health-funded research. The study is the first to show that clinical type 1 diabetes can be delayed by two or more years among people who are at high risk.
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Photo: Laughing little boy with wristbands holding his hands to his forehead; Copyright: Catherine Hoyt

Wearable motion detectors identify motor deficits in children

14.06.2019

A wristwatch-like motion-tracking device can detect movement problems in children whose impairments may be overlooked by doctors and parents, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
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Type 1 diabetes: Holidays disrupt drug routines

07.06.2019

Children with type 1 diabetes find it difficult to adhere to their drug routines during school holidays and weekends. Holiday distractions cause a 20 percent reduction in adherence to taking medications that assist managing their condition and other associated conditions, which may have serious consequences for their health.
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Photo: Illustration of the experiment designed to assess initiation of joint attention in infancy; Copyright: Pär Nyström

Infants later diagnosed with autism seldom initiate joint attention

05.06.2019

In typical development, both infants and their parents flexibly use verbal and non-verbal behaviors to establish frequent episodes of joint attention. A new study published in Biological Psychiatry shows that infants who are later diagnosed with autism react adequately when others initiate joint attention, but seldom actively seek to establish such episodes themselves.
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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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"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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