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May 22, 2017

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Children in Head Start Who Miss More Preschool Show Fewer Academic Gains

May 16, 2017 — A new study has found that children in Head Start who miss 10 percent or more of the school year have fewer gains in academics than their peers who attend preschool more regularly. Many researchers ... read more

New Hope for Patients With Primary Progressive Aphasia

May 4, 2017 — Researcher and clinician have developed the first group language intervention that helps individuals losing the ability to speak due to a rare form of dementia, and could help patients maintain their ... read more

Preschoolers' Story Comprehension Similar for Print and Digital Books

May 1, 2017 — The content of a children's book -- not its form as a print book or a digital book -- predicts how well children understand a story, finds a new ... read more

Phonics Works: Sounding out Words Is Best Way to Teach Reading, Study Suggests

Apr. 20, 2017 — New research has shown that learning to read by sounding out words (a teaching method known as phonics) has a dramatic impact on the accuracy of reading aloud and comprehension. There has been ... read more

Apr. 18, 2017 — A new study suggests that mothers' use of antidepressants during early pregnancy does not increase the risk of their children developing autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ... read more

Money a Barrier to Independence for Young Adults With Autism

Apr. 17, 2017 — When teenagers and young adults with autism enter adulthood and age out of many of the services designed to help them, they often are anxious about how to handle new adult responsibilities such as ... read more

Low-Income Children Missing out on Language Learning Both at Home and at School

Apr. 14, 2017 — Children from poor neighborhoods are less likely to have complex language building opportunities both in home and at school, putting them at a disadvantage in their kindergarten year, finds a new ... read more

When It Comes to Reading, Kindergarten Is the New First Grade

Apr. 13, 2017 — A new nationwide study has found that children entering first grade in 2013 had significantly better reading skills than similar students had just 12 years earlier. Researchers say this means that in ... read more

Children With Autism Find Understanding Facial Expressions Difficult but Make Similar Mistakes as Peers, New Study Finds

Mar. 31, 2017 — Young people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) have difficulties recognizing and distinguishing between different facial expressions, according to research from one of the largest studies to look ... read more

Aphasia May Not Solely Be a Language Disorder, Study Shows

Mar. 30, 2017 — Aphasia, a language disorder commonly diagnosed in stroke patients, may not be solely a language issue as traditionally believed, according to a new ... read more

Children Prenatally Exposed to Alcohol More Likely to Have Academic Difficulties

Mar. 24, 2017 — Despite greater awareness of the dangers of prenatal exposure to alcohol, the rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders remain alarmingly high. This study evaluated academic achievement among ... read more

Food Insecurity in Early Childhood Linked to Young Children's Skills in Kindergarten

Mar. 21, 2017 — In the United States, estimates show that a substantial number of children under age 5 live in households that are food insecure. That means that they do not have food, or they lack sufficient ... read more

Defect in Non-Coding DNA Might Trigger Brain Disorders Such as Severe Language Impairment

Mar. 14, 2017 — Genetic variation in the non-coding DNA could give rise to language impairments in children and other neurodevelopmental disorders including schizophrenia, autism, and bipolar disorder, scientists ... read more

Children Experience Long Wait Times for Developmental and Behavioral Specialists

Mar. 13, 2017 — A new study offers evidence confirming what many parents already know: the wait to see a developmental pediatrician -- only 1,000 of whom exist nationally -- is lengthy and delays diagnostic ... read more

Benefits of Long-Term Use of ADHD Medications Questioned

Mar. 13, 2017 — In a study that followed more than 500 children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) into adulthood, extended use of stimulant medication was linked with suppressed adult height but ... read more

Don't Be Distracted: The Real Issues in Autism Are Threats to Funding, Services, Say Experts

Mar. 9, 2017 — With so much focus in recent months on the scientifically discredited notion that childhood vaccines cause autism, the real threats to health care and services for people with autism and other ... read more

Mar. 1, 2017 — Results of a small study of adults with autism has added to evidence that their brains can learn to compensate for some language comprehension challenges that are a hallmark of the disorder in ... read more

Children and Youth Learning English Require Better Support for Academic Success

Feb. 28, 2017 — Despite their potential, many English learners (ELs) -- who account for more than 9 percent of K-12 enrollment in the US -- lag behind their English-speaking monolingual peers in educational ... read more

Sorting out Risk Genes for Brain Development Disorders

Feb. 23, 2017 — Gene discovery research is uncovering similarities and differences underlying a variety of disorders affecting the developing brain, including autism, attention deficits, tics, intellectual ... read more

Outdoor Adventure Program Is a Promising Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Feb. 15, 2017 — A new study finds outdoor challenge-based interventions may be effective in reducing the overall severity of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ... read more

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