Chatty Child News


Retarded is much, much more than a word

By:The Pendulum

My sister is an 18-year old petite blonde with a disarming sense of sarcasm. She’s a varsity athlete, a devout Catholic and a self-admitted chocoholic. She’s become too cool for reading and a bit bored with high school. She just picked up a new, older boyfriend who I’m more than a little worried about. And she’s really sick of you calling her retarded.

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To Siri, With Love: How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri

By:The New York Times

Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri. Gus has autism, and Siri, Apple’s “intelligent personal assistant” on the iPhone, is currently his BFF. Obsessed with weather formations, Gus had spent the hour parsing the difference between isolated and scattered thunderstorms -an hour in which, thank God, I didn’t have to discuss them. After a while I heard this...

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Can ADHD Mask Sensory Processing Challenges?

By:My Special Needs Network

On the NIMH website you will read that “ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity).”

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25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'

By:The Huffington Post

This year, Simon is in fourth grade and Grace is in first grade, and I find myself asking them every day after school, "So how was school today?" And every day I get an answer like "fine" or "good," which doesn't tell me a whole lot. AND I WANT TO KNOW A WHOLE LOT!!!!

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New Research Suggests Possibility of Common Underlying Biology in Children Who Develop Autism

By:PBS Newshour

Let’s turn to some new findings on autism, especially research showing brain changes happening in the womb. Scientists compared the brain tissue of children who had autism and died with those who didn’t have autism. They found that kids with autism had disorganization in regions of their brain essential for social functioning, emotions and communication, a conclusion drawn from discovering disruptions in these sections of the brain.

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Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney

By:The New York Times Magazine

In our first year in Washington, our son disappeared. Just shy of his 3rd birthday, an engaged, chatty child, full of typical speech -- “I love you,” “Where are my Ninja Turtles?” “Let’s get ice cream!” -- fell silent. He cried, inconsolably. Didn’t sleep. Wouldn’t make eye contact. His only word was “juice.”

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Olivet Middle School Football Players Create Secret Play For Teammate With Disabilities

By:Huffington Post

Jocks don't have a reputation for always being nice to the little guy. But this middle school football team went above and beyond for a teammate, and their plan to lift up a student with behavioral and learning disabilities is an amazing example of kids' kindness. (Link to original story on

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Toddler Brain Scan Gives Language Insight

By:BBC News

The brain has a critical window for language development between the ages of two and four, brain scans suggest. Environmental influences have their biggest impact before the age of four, as the brain's wiring develops to process new words, say UK and US scientists.

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Is Obamacare What the Doctor Ordered for Kids with Autism?

By:Huffington Post

As an advocate for special needs children, I'm particularly impressed with the aspects of Obamacare that benefit special needs children. Under the new law, children are allowed to remain on their parents' health insurance plan until age 26, closing an antiquated coverage gap that has plagued families for decades.

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Autism at Work (Video)

By:SAP (via 3BL Media)

Innovation comes from the edges. That's why SAP plans to recruit hundreds of people with autism, making use of their unique talent for information technology. At SAP Labs India, six people with autism have already been hired.

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