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Family Pushes for Autism Symbol to be Added to New York Driver's Licenses

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Family Pushes for Autism Symbol to be Added to New York Driver's Licenses

For Pete and Denise Gagliardo of Putnam Lake, the epiphany for placing the autism symbol on the New York State Driver's License came during the season opening episode of ABC's hit show "The Good Doctor." "It popped...

In-Utero Acetaminophen Exposure May Increase Risk for ADHD and Autism

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Authors: ADDitude.com

November 21, 2019

Cord plasma biomarkers of fetal exposure to acetaminophen — the generic name for the drug Tylenol — were associated with significantly increased risk of childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published last month in JAMA...

Santa Offering Sensory-Friendly Events Nationwide

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Ahead of his big night, hundreds of special events across the country will offer kids with disabilities a chance to visit with Santa Claus in a...

How To Slow Down Your Racing ADHD Brain

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Telling someone with ADHD to slow down is like telling the sun not to shine and the tide not to rise. The love of speed is built into our DNA. If our bodies are not moving a mile a minute, our minds are, ideas popping up like popcorn at the movies.

ADHD and the Need For Speed

We get off on speed, and we abhor slowing down. I...

“What I Wish I’d Known About Private School Before We Made the Choice”

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Authors: ADDitude.com

A few years ago, my husband and I made the difficult decision to send our daughter to private school. Not because she is academically gifted and would benefit from an advanced curriculum (if only!). Not because we are well off financially and want to give her an edge up at college and in life (still dreaming!). And not because...

Faulty Communication Between Regions of the Brain Tied to ADHD

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Authors: ADDitude.com

November 19, 2019

There are no structural differences between the brains of people with and without ADHD. However, ADHD brains do experience elevated “noise” in the signal between their sensory and cognitive regions, which explains why the neural pathways in people with ADHD do not always work effectively and...

Q: Our Child’s Problems Waking Up Make Our Mornings Miserable

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: “My son refuses to wake up and get out of bed in the mornings. He yells at us to get out of his room and not to talk to him. He will say, ‘I can’t stand you, you are a terrible person, and I hate you. Get out now and don’t come back.’ When he finally does get up, he will apologize, but by then...

Walmart Altering Disability Employment Policy

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Under a settlement with the EEOC, the country's largest private employer will change a policy affecting workers with disabilities nationwide....

“I Found the Solution for Morning Lateness, and It Sounds Amazing”

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Do you have a child in your family for whom time is an irrelevant construct? One who, after being told to “hurry,” is found eating a cookie on the backyard swing admiring a butterfly? One who exits the house every morning without socks, brushed teeth, completed schoolwork, and/or his backpack? One whose hair is...

Service Animal Websites Face Scrutiny

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The nation's top housing official is pushing the Federal Trade Commission to look into websites that sell assistance animal documentation saying that...

18 Assistive Technology Apps and Extensions for Struggling Students

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Authors: ADDitude.com

What Is Assistive Technology in the Classroom?

Assistive Technology (AT) helps students with ADHD or learning disabilities compensate for their academic challenges while building on their strengths. The right technology can offer to struggling students the confidence and independence they need to thrive and feel good about...

Early Exposure to Sounds Can Address Hypersensitivity to Noise Associated with Fragile X Syndrome

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Early Exposure to Sounds Can Address Hypersensitivity to Noise Associated with Fragile X Syndrome

A research team at the University of California, Riverside, has found exposure to sound -- not sound reduction -- during early development of mice engineered to have Fragile X Syndrome, or FXS,...