Animal Model: High-Fat Diet in Pregnancy Can Cause Mental Health Problems in Offspring

[Source: Science Daily]

A high-fat diet not only creates health problems for expectant mothers, but new research in an animal model suggests it alters the development of the brain and endocrine system of their offspring and has a long-term impact on offspring behavior. The new study links an unhealthy diet during pregnancy to mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression in children.

“Given the high level of dietary fat consumption and maternal obesity in developed nations, these findings have important implications for the mental health of future generations,” the researchers report.

The research was published in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology.

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Sequencing Mini-Book with Emotion Words

[Source:  Activity Tailor]

Sequencing is one of those skills that we take for granted—of course you need to put toothpaste on the toothbrush before you brush your teeth—but most of our little ones need explicit instruction to fully comprehend the beginning, middle and end of an event or activity.  Does it really matter?

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Autism Drama Set To Debut On ABC

[Source:  Disability Scoop]

A new prime-time drama with a lead character on the spectrum will premiere this fall.

ABC said this week that it will debut “The Good Doctor” on Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. ET.

The hourlong show stars Freddie Highmore as Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon who has autism and savant syndrome.

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Autism Severity Detected with Brain Activity Test

[Source:  Medical X-Press]

UCLA researchers have discovered that children with autism have a tell-tale difference on brain tests compared with other children. Specifically, the researchers found that the lower a child’s peak alpha frequency—a number reflecting the frequency of certain brain waves—the lower their non-verbal IQ was. This is the first study to highlight peak alpha frequency as a promising biomarker to not only differentiate children with autism from typically developing children, but also to detect the variability in cognitive function among children with autism.

Autism spectrum disorder affects an estimated one in 68 children in the United States, causing a wide range of symptoms. While some individuals with the disorder have average

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Literacy Corner: Why Everyone Benefits from Including Students with Autism in Literacy Classrooms

[Source:  Reading Rockets]

Belle Gardner (not her real name) is the principal of a Maine elementary school enrolling about 240 students. During 2007–2008, 8 of those students had autism spectrum labels—nearly four times as many as would be predicted by figures on the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the general population (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007). Although some will do so with testing modifications such as extended time or teacher scribing of their written responses, all 8 are or will be required to take the state language arts assessment for third through eighth graders.

Staff members at Ms. Gardner’s school aren’t the only ones thinking more about autism lately. The past year has seen autism frequently in the U.S. media, from newspaper coverage of an autism-focused Congressional bill to an episode of The Oprah Winfrey 

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