Fine Motor Activity of the Week: Simple Origami Butterfly

[Source: Red Ted Art]

Red Ted Art has some fantastic crafts.  Many of them are too hard for some of our clients, but others are perfect.   Simple Origami is one of the best activities out there.  Here is one that is perfect for spring fine motor and fantastic for following directions.

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App Review: iDo Hygiene App

[Source:  OTs with Apps]

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iDo Hygiene is a new app providing instruction, video and games to learn personal hygiene. Included is an option to create your own images in the 12 hygiene areas. Created by the Center for Educational Technology for individuals with cognitive impairment, autism and other special needs, it features the following 12 self-care tasks:

1. Shampooing– free 2. Washing your Face– free

3. Washing your Hands

4. Taking a Shower

5. Brushing your Teeth

6. Applying deodorant

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Autism Corner: Father Inspired After Child’s Autism Improved by Course of Antibiotic

[Source:  Medical News Today]

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John Rodakis’ son was prescribed a 10-day course of amoxicillin, one of the most frequently usedantibiotics in the US, and within just 4 days of commencing the treatment, changes were observed in his autism symptoms.

“[He] began making eye contact, which he had previously avoided; his speech, which was severely delayed, began to improve markedly; he became less ‘rigid’ in his insistence for sameness and routine; and he also displayed an uncharacteristic level of energy, which he had historically lacked,” explains Rodakis.

In an article published in Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease, Rodakis describes this unexpected turn of events and the journey of discovery he has since embarked upon, as he attempts to understand what caused his son’s symptoms to change.

It became apparent to him early in his investigation that many other parents had experienced similar changes following courses of antibiotics, with some even routinely giving their autistic children antibiotics in order to improve their symptoms.

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Autistic and Non-Autistic Brain Differences Isolated for First Time

[Source:  Medical News Today]

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The methodology can potentially isolate the areas of the brain involved with other cognitive problems, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD and schizophrenia.

The functional differences between autistic and non-autistic brains have been isolated for the first time, following the development of a new methodology for analyzing MRI scans.

Developed by researchers at the University of Warwick, the methodology, called Brain-Wide Association Analysis (BWAS), is the first capable of creating panoramic views of the whole brain and provides scientists with an accurate 3D model to study.

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Study Probes Brain Networks in Anorexia

[Source:  Psych Central]

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New research, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, investigates the neurobiological mechanisms associated with the ability of individuals with anorexia (AN) to avoid food.

Investigators believe the knowledge of how anorexics are able to resist food may be applied to issues of obesity and over-eating.

In the study, Drs. Christina Wierenga, Walter Kaye, and colleagues discovered new insights on the brain mechanisms that may contribute to the disturbed eating patterns of anorexia.

Researchers examined reward responding in relation to metabolic state (hungry or satiated) in 23 women recovered from AN and 17 healthy women without eating disorder histories (e.g., the comparison group).

Women with active AN weren’t studied to reduce potential confounds related to starvation.

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