A Peek into How Kids with Autism Experience Social Situations
Kids with autism tend to have more difficulty interacting socially than their typically developing peers. It’s a fact that gets bandied about a lot, disguising the range — spectrum — of autistic experiences and, perhaps, creating assumptions about how children
ADHD Might Be Three Different Conditions, Not One
A new study is prompting doctors to rethink the definition of ADHD. Researchers have discovered impairments in three unique brain systems, suggesting that Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder may, in fact, be three distinct types of ADHD disorders, with no commonality,
Can Inclusive Education Really Be Good for All Kids?
Across the world, institutions are moving toward inclusive education, a learning model in which children with special needs and typically developing children study side-by-side. It’s an admirable goal, but a divisive practice; many parents, while supporting inclusive education in theory,
Do Kids with Autism, ADHD Need Different Screen Time Rules?
In To Siri, With Love, a collection of essays about the author’s son, Gus, who has autism, Judith Newman recognizes that the many conversations Gus has with an endlessly patient, non-judgmental and informative Siri, as well as his other use of
Researchers Find Genetic Hotspot Behind Autism
New research has singled out a genetic hotspot related to autism spectrum disorders: a gene identified as TRIO, which influences the development and strength — or weakness — of the connections between brain cells. The scientists found eight autism-associated mutations clustered
Things We Love: These Children’s Books with Special Needs Characters
Last year, Parag, an initiative of Tata Trusts, Vidyasagar School Chennai and Duckbill Books, ran a contest for authors to write children’s books about kids with special needs. Four books were chosen — and the first two stories for kids are
Researchers Confirm Gut Bacteria and Autism Link
A large-scale scientific review has confirmed what the Internet has been shouting about and parents of kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been trying to manage for years: a link between the make-up of gut bacteria and autism. Until now, autism
Kids Get Farther When We Let Them Move on Their Own Two Feet
I’m used to amazing stories, near-miracles and unlikely transformations. When you work with children with special needs, they’re commonplace, the stuff of everyday. Take a child everybody else has given up on, help him locate his strength, give him the