Chatty Child News


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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Study Shows Visual Cues Predict Babies' First Words

By:The Atlantic

After about a year, give or take, of staring and babbling, babies eventually begin to say their first words. Mama. Ball. Dog. Millions of parents all over the world know this.

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Real-world visual statistics and infants' first-learned object names

By:The Royal Society Publishing

We offer a new solution to the unsolved problem of how infants break into word learning based on the visual statistics of everyday infant-perspective scenes. Images from head camera video captured by 8 1/2 to 10 1/2 month-old infants at 147 at-home mealtime events were analysed for the objects in view. The images were found to be highly cluttered with many different objects in view. However, the frequency distribution of object categories was extremely right skewed such that a very small set of objects was pervasively present—a fact that may substantially reduce the problem of referential ambiguity. The statistical structure of objects in these infant egocentric scenes differs markedly from that in the training sets used in computational models and in experiments on statistical word-referent learning. Therefore, the results also indicate a need to re-examine current explanations of how infants break into word learning.

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10 Ideas to Increase Pencil Pressure

Recently, I received a question about a student who is having difficulty applying pencil pressure when writing. The therapist was having some success using markers but was looking for other suggestions. Here are 10 ideas to increase pressure when writing.

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Helping Asperger’s Teens To Survive and Thrive: 15 Key Steps

By:Anna Kaminsky (Advanced Psychology/Child Psychology Resources)

For children with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism (HFA), change is hard; all their lives they have struggled with the confusing and troubling nature of the highly changeable world around them — then suddenly, with the advent of the teen years, the changes ...

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Another Approach to Raising Healthy Eaters

By:The New York Times

A recent book provides three tips to introducing children to foods that are good for them.

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