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April 19, 2021

Biden Administration Takes A Big Step Towards Fully Funding the IDEA

New Budget Request Includes $15.5 B for Special Education Services President Biden sent Congress a preliminary glimpse at his new budget request earlier this month. The request provides a blueprint for his administration’s priorities concerning discretionary spending for the 2022 fiscal year. The President’s $1.52 trillion plan increases domestic spending by 16% and features more […]

April 12, 2021

Community Shares | April 13th

Community Shares: The FDA just approved an ADHD medication for children ages 6 to 17 that is neither a stimulant nor a controlled substance. In a late-stage study funded by the manufacturer, the drug, Qelbree, reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 50% in research participants. However, Qelbree does carry a warning for potential suicidal thoughts and […]

April 12, 2021

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Programs Prove Beneficial for Children on the Spectrum

Improvements Detected in Social Interactions and Communication Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) have been viewed as an alternative therapeutic approach for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Previous research has recognized AAI as a structured and goal-directed intervention that connects kids on the spectrum to nature, the environment, and animals.  Now, a new study out of China […]

April 12, 2021

Tricare Expands Autism Benefits for Affected Military Children

Changes to Occur Over the Next 9 Months Since 2014, dependent military children that hold an autism diagnosis have received services through Tricare’s Autism Care Demonstration program. After the program recently came under scrutiny for an over reliance upon Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) to treat autism, the Defense Health Agency recently announced that the Autism […]

April 12, 2021

Early Acetaminophen Exposure May Damage the Endocannabinoid System, Leading to ASD

Can Cannabinoid Treatment Help Fix the System and Lessen Autism Symptoms? An international team of scientists recently published a mini-review article which examined the relationship between dysregulation of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through a system of complex cell signals, the ECS assists in regulating sleep, mood, appetite, […]

April 12, 2021

Prenatal Environmental Exposures Linked to Long-Term Mitochondrial Changes in Children with Autism

Mitochondrial Dysfunction May Be Worst Offender of 3 Prenatal Physiological Abnormalities Linked to ASD A new review published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine suggests that mitochondrial dysfunction is the main source associated with prenatal physiological abnormalities related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There are three highly recognized prenatal physiological abnormalities affiliated with autism. The […]

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