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Pediatricians Get New Guidance On Cerebral Palsy

A pair of major health organizations are issuing new guidance to doctors about how to identify children with cerebral palsy and appropriately treat the condition.

November 28, 2022
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Mom Says Walmart’s Acetaminophen Led To Autism In Her Child

A mom believes taking a generic brand of acetaminophen while pregnant caused autism and ADHD in her child. She's now suing Walmart in federal court.

November 28, 2022
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Behavior Analysis Group Votes To Oppose Electric Shock Treatment

After years of tacitly endorsing the only facility in the country known to use electric shocks to address behavior in those with disabilities, a major ABA organization is coming out against the practice.

November 18, 2022

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Stranded Without Care, Man Loses Limbs Because Of Severe Staffing Shortage

While the extreme outcome is unusual, it reflects the reality facing many with significant disabilities who are struggling to find services to live at home as thousands of caregiving jobs go unfilled.

November 11, 2022
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Not All Schools Use Restraint Or Seclusion. Here’s A Look At Some Alternatives

Each year, tens of thousands of American students — most of whom have disabilities — are restrained and secluded at school. But alternative approaches show the practices may not be necessary.

November 4, 2022
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Half Of Autism Moms Show Signs Of Depression

Roughly half of mothers of children with autism have high levels of depressive symptoms, new research finds, a rate that's significantly greater than for mothers of typically developing children.

November 1, 2022

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For Kids With Severe Behaviors, Hospital ERs Increasingly Becoming De Facto Homes

In an extreme case, a 10-year-old with severe autism has spent seven months in an ER where run-ins with staff have compelled some to quit and left others injured and the situation is not isolated.

October 26, 2022
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Doctors Open Up About Turning Away Patients With Disabilities

Physicians are using excuses to intentionally dissuade people with disabilities from their practices, researchers say in a new study exposing how pervasive discrimination against this population is.

October 24, 2022
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Finding Dental Care For Those With IDD Can Be Difficult. A Dentist Wants To Change That

Few dentists are trained in treating adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, leaving families on desperate, yearslong quests to find care.

October 19, 2022

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‘COVID Babies’ Aren’t Talking As Much As They Should. How Much Is The Pandemic To Blame?

Babies born during the pandemic are talking later and saying less, according to a growing body of research. And experts say verbal delays are often the first sign of broader developmental issues.

October 18, 2022

Unique Program Specializes In Outpatient Treatment For Severest Autism Cases

Children and young adults with severe behaviors often have few places to turn to for help, but one program is allowing individuals to remain at home while they access intensive, short-term treatment.

October 18, 2022
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Researchers: Majority Of Kids With ASD Miss Out On Early Intervention

All children with disabilities should have access to early intervention under federal law, but new research suggests that less than half of kids with autism are actually receiving such services.

October 14, 2022

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