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August 10, 2020

Autism Severity Can Change During Childhood

Does the degree of severity of autistic symptoms remain static during preschool and early elementary school years? If a change in severity is experienced, could the degree of variation be influenced by initial severity levels, sex, IQ or level of adaptive functioning? These thought-provoking questions were recently posed by a new study out of the MIND Institute at UC Davis.

July 30, 2020

Association Between Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Autism

Mitochondria are described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as “tiny parts of almost every cell in the body.” The CDC goes on to explain that mitochondria are the powerplants of cells, turning sugar and oxygen stored inside the body into energy, which cells need to function properly.

July 30, 2020

U.S. Schools Ask Congress for IDEA Liability Protections

Fears Rising of Massive Special Education Litigation As the coronavirus pandemic continues, students with disabilities and their families are facing the rapidly approaching fall semester with reservations, as many of these families suffered through enormous difficulties last spring while trying to implement special education programs remotely. These families are now left to wonder if the […]

July 17, 2020

Individuals with Developmental Disabilities May Suffer More Severe COVID Outcomes

As the global pandemic continues to grow, concerning news originating from SUNY Upstate Medical University shows that COVID-19 appears to pose a greater threat to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The report published in Disability and Health Journal set out to compare COVID-19 outcomes among people with and without IDD through three different age spans.

July 16, 2020

Having an Aunt or Uncle with Autism May Put Children at Higher Risk of ASD

Risk estimated at 3 to 5 percent vs. 1.5 percent in general population – According to new research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a child who has a parent with a sibling on the spectrum is more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to the general population.

July 08, 2020

Post COVID-19 Pilot Program for Students with Autism

California’s Marin County Paving Way for National Special Education – Classrooms across the nation will be facing numerous modifications as students return to school after the Corona Virus pandemic. Social distancing, face coverings, reduced classroom size and staggered school schedules are only a handful of proposed changes suggested to mitigate risk of contagion on campuses.

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