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Uncertainty Over Healthcare Funding Worries Schools

By:Diversity Inc

Proposed cuts to Medicaid would have a dire, direct effect on services for students with disabilities. With many Republican lawmakers and the White House still unable to accept the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land, the ongoing debate may have a direct effect on millions of vulnerable students who are impacted by severe symptoms due to their disabilities. As the future of healthcare hangs in the balance, so does the funding that provides the medical assistance for students during their school day.

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OT Corner: 6 Ways Core Strength Impacts Handwriting


When a child sits down to write at a desk, it can be easy for everything to go awry and messy, illegible handwriting to result. It might be poor carryover of handwriting skills, difficulty with letter formation, visual motor skills that are not up to par, or weak fine motor skills and pencil grasp struggles. The issue with sloppy handwriting is that there is a LOT going on! One tip to check as soon as a child sits down to write, is their posture. Everything from head positioning and visual view of the writing space to positioning of the arm and hand on the paper stems from the midline and base of support. Because of this, I wanted to share ways that core strength impacts handwriting.

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Tablets and smartphones damage toddlers' speech development

By:The Telegraph

Putting babies in front of iPads before the age of two stunts speech development, a new study suggests. In Britain children under the age of three spend an average of 44 minutes a day using smartphones and tablets but it is the first time researchers have shown it can impact language skills. (In the United States, a 2015 study showed 92.2 percent of 1-year-olds had already used a mobile device and a majority of 2-year-olds use them on a daily basis.)

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Ipads could hinder babies' sleep and brain development, study suggests

By:The Telegraph

Babies' sleep and subsequent brain development may be being harmed by use of ipads and other touchscreen devices, research suggests. The British study found that every hour infants spent on such devices was linked to a 16 minutes less sleep.

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What Screen Time and Screen Media Do To Your Child’s Brain and Sensory Processing Ability

By:Hands On OT

It’s a scene we’re sure you’ve witnessed again and again: A family is sitting in a restaurant having dinner. The four year old is clearly fed up with sitting, and starts to complain, jump on her seat or run around. But a few moments later, she’s quietly in her seat again, enabling her parents and older siblings to enjoy a peaceful meal and conversation for the next 30 minutes. What happened? Her father handed her his iPhone.

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U.S. Justices Reject Gorsuch in Win for Student with Disability

By:Diversity Inc.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected legal reasoning used by President Donald Trump’s high court nominee Neil Gorsuch in his role as an appellate judge, ruling in favor of an autistic student who said he was denied an adequate education.

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Early Brain Development in Infants at High Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder


Brain enlargement has been observed in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but the timing of this phenomenon, and the relationship between ASD and the appearance of behavioural symptoms, are unknown. Retrospective head circumference and longitudinal brain volume studies of two-year olds followed up at four years of age have provided evidence that increased brain volume may emerge early in development.

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FEMA’s Progress in Aiding Individuals with Disabilities Could Be Further Enhanced

By:GAO Highlights

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has taken steps to improve its disaster services for people with disabilities and its support to other entities, such as state and local governments. FEMA established the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) following enactment of the PostKatrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (Post-Katrina Act) to lead the agency’s efforts to promote inclusiveness in disaster planning, response, and recovery. However, there is no established procedure for FEMA Regional Administrators, who oversee disability integration staff in the regions, to involve ODIC in the activities of these staff.

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Fast food with a side of fluorinated chemicals

By:Environmental Health News

Fast food packaging from popular spots like McDonald’s and Starbucks contains a potentially harmful chemical that leaches into the food.

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Singing Mice May Help Uncover the Roots of Human Speech

By:The Atlantic

One chilly day in February 1877, a British cotton baron named Joseph Sidebotham heard what he thought was a canary warbling near his hotel window. He was vacationing with his family in France, and soon realized the tune wasn’t coming from outside. “The singing was in our salon,” he wrote of the incident in Nature. “The songster was a mouse.”

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