Children with Autism May Benefit by Being Bilingual

[Source: Medical News Today]

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a growing concern in the United States, affecting an estimated 1 in 68 children.

Despite the prevalence and years of research, there are still several unanswered questions about how and why ASD develops, and how best to manage it. Researchers are looking at these queries from all angles.

A new study gains fresh insight by approaching from an interesting direction; the researchers set out to understand

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Sight Word Games

[Source: Teaching Mama]

The other day, I was volunteering in my son’s kindergarten classroom. I was creating a sight word game that was personalized for students. I loved it, but it was time consuming and I’m not going to lie…my hand was tired! While creating them, I thought of the idea for making this a printable board game that is also editable, meaning teachers or parents could go in and add in whatever sight words the child is working on. So that’s what I did!

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New Blood Test Predicts Autism with 92 Percent Accuracy

Editor’s Note:  Very small sample size but very interesting, none-the-less

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that impacts cognition, behavior, and social interaction.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 1 in 68children have ASD.

Given its developmental nature, ASD may have an early onset, but it typically takes a while for the first symptoms to appear. As such, early diagnosis is not usually possible.

Therefore, a chemistry-based diagnosis test for the early detection of ASD may be crucial, enabling children to receive the care that they need much earlier on. Until now, no such test was available.

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Teens With Stroke at Birth Use Opposite Side of Brain for Language

[Source: Psych Central]

In a new study, researchers observed young people who had left-brain stroke damage at birth and found they are now using the right side of the brain for language — in the exact, mirror-opposite region to the normal language areas on the left side.

At least one in 4,000 newborn babies experience a perinatal stroke, one that occurs right around the time of birth. But a stroke in a baby, even a big one, does not have the same long-term effects as an adult stroke. The findings help demonstrate just how “plastic” brain function is in infants.

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OT Corner: St. Patrick’s Day Fine Motor Activities

[Source: Pink Oatmeal]

It’s just about March and that means St. Patrick’s Day isn’t too far away!  Are you ready with fun fine motor activities?  It’s an easy theme to incorporate with rainbows, leprechauns and gold!  At Pink Oatmeal, we’ve been doing some fun activities already!  Check out all of our St. Patrick’s Day fine motor activities!

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