The LD Source
Jan. 17, 2013

CDC: People with special needs should be on 'high alert' for flu
Disability Scoop
With the flu widespread across much of the country far earlier than normal, federal health officials are warning people with developmental disabilities to be particularly cautious. Currently, 47 states are reporting widespread flu activity, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Typically flu season peaks in January and February. This year the illness hit about a month ahead of schedule, CDC experts said.More

Some children lose autism diagnosis: Small group with confirmed autism now on par with mainstream peers
National Institute of Mental Health via Science Daily
Some children who are accurately diagnosed in early childhood with autism lose the symptoms and the diagnosis as they grow older, a study supported by the National Institutes of Health has confirmed. The research team made the finding by carefully documenting a prior diagnosis of autism in a small group of school-age children and young adults with no current symptoms of the disorder.More

Bullying takes toll on kids with autism
Disability Scoop
Children with autism are experiencing high rates of bullying and face significant emotional consequences as a result, a new study finds. In what's believed to be the largest look ever at autism and bullying, researchers found that 38 percent of children with the developmental disorder were bullied over a one-month period, in many cases repeatedly. What's more, of those who were victims, 69 percent experienced emotional trauma and 8 percent were physically harmed as a result. The findings were published this month in a study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. They are based on a survey of parents of more than 1,200 kids with autism from across the country. More

Legislation promises help for dyslexic kids in New Jersey schools
NJ Spotlight
In 2005, an Ocean City mother started asking legislators, educators and other parents to help address what she saw as the failure of New Jersey public schools to help children with dyslexia — starting with her daughter. Eight years later, Beth Ravelli has seen a state reading-disabilities task force created, a host of recommendations completed and a half-dozen bills submitted to transform them into law.More

Why are children at higher risk for negative health effects of environmental toxins?
Medical Xpress
More than 85,000 synthetic chemicals are registered for commercial use with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and only about half of those produced in large quantities are tested for their potential toxic effects on humans. Children are particularly vulnerable to environmental toxins and a detailed look at how and why, and what can be done to protect children's health, is presented in a two-part article published in Alternative and Complementary Therapies from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.More

Teaching children with dyslexia
The Huffington Post
Unfortunately, the label of "being dyslexic" is often been seen as a negative one. One which can produce upset, limitations and hurdles to a student. However, with the right training, teaching and encouragement it can also produce strengths, talents and creative gifts.More

University of Utah's iSTAR program helps children with autism shine
The Deseret News
The University of Utah's iSTAR educational program focuses on children with autism — specifically teaching them how to use computers for 3-D modeling. The university held a demonstration for parents and teachers to show how SketchUp, a free downloadable design program, could help children at home and in the classroom. Children with autism often face challenges in school, but this program gives them an opportunity to shine and show people what they can do. The program uses Trimble's SketchUp to display the child's spatial-visual strengths.More

Teen rates of suicidal behaviors similar to adults
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
Suicidal behaviors are common in U.S. teens, primarily in those already seeking treatment for pre-existing mental disorders, according to a study in JAMA Psychiatry. Dr. Matthew K. Nock, from Harvard University in Boston, and colleagues assessed information gathered from face-to-face interviews with 6,483 adolescents (aged 13 to 18 years) and their parents participating in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Adolescent Supplement.More