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Picture Books Can Boost Physical Activity for Youth with Autism
While physical activity is important for everyone, research has shown people with developmental disabilities do not exercise as often as their typically developed peers. In an effort to close this disparity, a researcher at the University of Missouri recently created fitness picture books that help youth with autism exercise more frequently while offering low-income families a simple resource for workout motivation when outdoor fitness equipment might not be accessible.
“There is so much research geared toward helping individuals with autism improve their academic performance, social skills and communication skills, but we also need to remember how important physical activity is for living a healthy lifestyle,” said Lorraine Becerra, an assistant teaching professor at the MU College of Education. “There are numerous health benefits of exercise, such as pumping blood in your body, better
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Digital Reset - 10 Tips For Families Transitioning Out Of The Pandemic
With millions of Americans getting vaccinated every day, parents, teachers, clinicians, and others must begin preparing children and teens to readjust to “normal” life. “Although so many facets of our lives have been disrupted, and screens have certainly been a lifeline for many of us, it’s time to help families start a conversation about how kids can approach resetting their activities, habits and routines, and reducing their reliance on digital media” says Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra, founder and president of Children and Screens.
With that in mind, a distinguished panel of researchers, clinicians, educators, and parenting experts have teamed up to share their tips for navigating the next few months. Calling upon their broad range of expertise, the panelists discussed mitigation strategies aimed at relieving the anxiety, stress, and trauma of the pandemic, and offer their suggestio
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NIH Establishes New Childhood Asthma Clinical Research Network
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded $10 million in first-year funding to establish a clinical research network called Childhood Asthma in Urban Settings (CAUSE). This nationwide network will conduct observational studies and clinical trials to improve understanding of asthma and develop treatment and prevention approaches tailored to children of low-income families living in urban communities. NIAID intends to provide approximately $70 million over seven years to support the CAUSE network.
This new initiative extends and expands NIAID’s long-standing efforts to better understand and reduce the disproportionate burden of asthma among children living in low-income urban environments. Since 1991, NIAID has sponsored a series of research programs conducted in urban areas where pediatric asthma is prevalent
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How One Dad Manages His Son’s Care Amid a Pandemic and a Home Health Aide Shortage
Grant Williams has a birthday coming up this month. He splits his time between his mother and father’s home, and his dad Bob is mulling over ideas for Grant’s birthday celebration. Last year, Bob had tickets to take Grant to an interactive multi-media venue in Philadelphia, but the event was cancelled due to quarantine. Grant—who was born with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and has autism and cerebral palsy—isn’t your typical about-to-be 26-year old. “COVID has made it a bit more challenging,” says Bob. “Grant loves being a part of his community, and I like to find ways that he can be himself, and be social and engaged.”
When Grant finished school a few years ago, he was enrolled in a full-day program, which was the “perfect place for him,” says Bob. But when COVID hit and the day program shut down, Grant’s care came home full-time. Grant qualifies for New Jersey’s Personal Care Assista