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What is Down syndrome? Down syndrome is a genetic condition that results when an individual is born with an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. It comes with characteristic physical traits such as distinct facial features and short stature and babies may need health interventions including surgeries to address heart, hearing or eyesight issues. People...
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We are often quick to make judgements on what we perceive to be happening when children behave in a way that draws attention – but when a young person with autism is struggling to cope with the world, the last thing they need is our criticism. These 10 tips reflect our combined experience of research...
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Sensory processing disorder is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. Formerly referred to as sensory integration dysfunction, it is not currently recognized as a distinct medical diagnosis. Some people with sensory processing disorder are oversensitive to things in their environment. Common sounds...
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General When handwriting and reading are difficult for a student, it is important to separate the two tasks. A student shouldn’t work on their handwriting while working on their reading skills. If a student’s handwriting affects their ability to participate in reading activities, then teachers should provide them with tools to accommodate this difficulty. A...
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Tourette (too-RET) syndrome is a disorder that involves repetitive movements or unwanted sounds (tics) that can’t be easily controlled. For instance, you might repeatedly blink your eyes, shrug your shoulders or blurt out unusual sounds or offensive words. Tics typically show up between ages 2 and 15, with the average being around 6 years of...
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If you’re suffering from a painful or debilitating injury, you want the best care and treatment plan so you can get back to your career and your life as soon as possible. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and vocational therapy are all clinically proven methods of treatment for a multitude of conditions. Physical Therapy Physical therapy...
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A delay in speech development may be a symptom of many disorders, including mental retardation, hearing loss, an expressive language disorder, psychosocial deprivation, autism, elective mutism, receptive aphasia and cerebral palsy. Speech delay may be secondary to maturation delay or bilingualism. Being familiar with the factors to look for when taking the history and performing...
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If you’ve ever traveled to another country and tried to navigate your days without a translator, stumbling over the local language and customs, you might just have a little glimpse into the daily life of a child on the spectrum. Trying to make sense of a world where everyone else seems to understand each other...
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Mental health refers to cognitive, behavioral, and emotional well-being. It is all about how people think, feel, and behave. People sometimes use the term “mental health” to mean the absence of a mental disorder. Mental health can affect daily living, relationships, and physical health. However, this link also works in the other direction. Factors in...
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The most common types of mental illness are as follows: anxiety disorders mood disorders schizophrenia disorders Anxiety disorders According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental illness. People with these conditions have severe fear or anxiety, which relates to certain objects or situations. Most people...
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