Arts Grant for Children who Learn Differently

The P. Buckley Moss Foundation is offereing up to $1000 of grant money in 2011: “to support a new or evolving program that integrates the arts into educational programming.The purpose is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children who learn differently”. Find out […]

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Feeding Patterns of Autistic Children

Pediatrics published research on young children with autism and their feeding habits. Questionnaire data was compiled on 79 children with autism at 6, 15, 24, 38 and 54 months of age. Results indicated the following for the children with autism compared to control group: late introduction of solids after 6 months with slow feeding characteristics […]

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Signs of Autism at 1 Month

The August issue of Pediatrics reports on a retrospective study over 11 years of over 2100 NICU newborns. The researchers discovered that the infants who later received a diagnosis of autism had a higher incidence of persistant neurobehavioral abnormalities such as increased upper extremity muscle tone and asymmetrical visual tracking at one month of age. […]

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Benefits of Sensory Integration Interventions

The American Occupational Therapy Association released information on the sensory integration interventions resulting in positive outcomes. This press release discusses a review of 27 studies on the effectiveness of sensory integration therapy. The researchers found that: “Results of the systematic review suggest the sensory integration approach may result in positive outcomes in sensorimotor skills and […]


Including All Children on the Playground

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy published research in 2008 on children’s interaction on the school playground. Twenty children were videotaped for 11 weeks on a school playground. The children participated in extended recess with loose parts or materials such as bicycle tires, hay bales, fabric, trash can lids, strips of foam and more. Following […]

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Mother’s Touch Effects on Brain Development

Recent research published in the Journal of Neuroscience, indicates that a mother’s touch not only provides security, comfort and love but also cognitive function and stress reduction. This study was performed using rats. The results indicated that “sensory stimuli from maternal care can modify the gene that controls a key messenger of stress called corticotropin-releasing […]

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Modifications in Art Class with Assistive Technology

The Art Zone is a website that offers free online tools to create amazing artwork. It is maintained by the National Gallery of Art in Washington. This is fun for all ages. If you work with any children who use a computer instead of pen and paper, this would be a great modification to use […]