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Autism hits 1 in 88 US kids, 1 in 54 boys
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One in every 88 U.S. children — and one in 54 boys — has autism, the CDC now estimates. The latest analysis, from a 2008 survey, shows autism is up 23 percent since 2006 and 78 percent since 2002. "This is a large number of children and families affected by autism," study leader Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, chief of the CDC's developmental disabilities branch, tells WebMD. More



StopBullying.gov relaunches
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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Department of Education have unveiled an enhanced StopBullying.gov. The site encourages children, parents, educators and communities to take action to prevent and respond to bullying. Visit StopBullying.gov. More

How music therapy became the key to literacy
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Erin was ready to try anything to get her 11-year-old son to learn to read. He was avoiding school at all costs, lagging behind his peers and disadvantaged by developmental dyslexia. Then, help came in an unexpected form. A music therapist invited the Humpty Doo schoolkid to take part in a program called Art Stories. More

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Improving ADHD diagnosis
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According to new research conducted at Oregon Health & Science University, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more than one disorder. It's an entire family of disorders, much like the multiple subtypes of cancer. The research, which highlights various versions of the disease, each with differing impacts, demonstrates that there is likely not going to be a "one-size-fits-all" approach to treating patients. More

'Bully' movie to be released 'unrated.' Will that allow more kids to see it?
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The award-winning documentary "Bully" will open in theaters as "unrated." The movie, which tells the stories of five children and their families, had been given an "R" rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). The rating was publicly challenged by Katy Butler, a bullied high school student from Michigan, who launched an online petition at Change.org that garnered the signatures of 500,000 people. More



Learning to drive with ADHD
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The first time Jillian Serpa tried to learn to drive, the family car wound up straddling a creek next to her home in Ringwood, N.J. Serpa, then 16, had gotten flustered trying to sort out a rapid string of directions from her father while preparing to back out of their driveway. "There was a lack of communication," she said. "I stepped on the gas instead of the brake." Learning to drive is hard and scary for many teenagers, and driving is far and away the most dangerous thing teenagers do. But the challenges are significantly greater for young people who, like Serpa, have attention problems. More

Oklahoma's special education vouchers ruled unconstitutional
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A state district judge in Oklahoma has ruled that a private school voucher program just for students with disabilities is unconstitutional. Reports by the Associated Press and Tulsa World say that Judge Rebecca Nightingale agreed with the school districts that the law violates an Oklahoma constitutional prohibition of public money being used directly or indirectly for any sectarian institution. More


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Texas mom develops iPad app for tracking autism
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Karen Carmeli's son, Yair, was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old. Every day since then for the past seven years, the Plano, Texas, mom has accumulated mounds of paperwork from doctors, therapists, insurance companies, school teachers and babysitters. It didn't take long for her to realize she needed more than just a file cabinet to organize it all, while also keeping up with life in general. More

New Jersey parents join forces for rights of dyslexic children
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A group of parents from southern and Central New Jersey - all veterans of advocating for their dyslexic children - got to talking at a learning disabilities event in New York City. "It was just overwhelmingly crazy how similar our stories were," said Deborah Lynam of Haddon Heights, the mother of three boys, two dyslexic. "On the train ride home, we said, 'We've got to do something.' " More



Study sheds light on why some with autism blossom
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Most children with autism see improvements as they grow up, but new research suggests that a select group is experiencing more dramatic progress than others. In a study of nearly 7,000 California children with autism, researchers found that about 1 in 10 kids displayed rapid improvement over just a couple of childhood years. The so-called "bloomers" were able to transition from being severely affected by autism to high functioning, researchers at Columbia University reported in the journal Pediatrics. More


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Stimulating the brain to improve speech, memory, numerical abilities
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"Non-invasive brain stimulation can allow painless, inexpensive, and apparently safe methods for cognitive improvement with potential long term efficacy," says Roi Cohen Kadosh of the University of Oxford . Recent results, presented at a meeting of cognitive neuroscientists in Chicago, offer exciting possibilities for improving a variety of abilities — from speech to memory to numerical proficiency. Future studies are investigating use of this process to improve mathematical learning in children with low numerical abilities. More
 
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