Research & Technology

Bullying Leading Cause of Depression

Having a special need does not necessarily cause depression amongst individuals -- rather, it is the frequent bullying or being left out that causes emotional turmoil.

While much research points to the fact that bullying increases risk for academic and emotional problems, not much research has been completed about the impact of bullying on children with special needs. 

Robotic-Assited Therapy for Cerebral Palsy

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto is planning the first ever clinical trial of robot-assisted therapy for children with cerebral palsy.

Study Finds Dyslexia Starts Before Reading

The National Institute of Health reports that up to 15 percent of the U.S. population might have dyslexia.  As one of the most common learning disabilities, dyslexia has been the subject of much research.

$9 Million Granted for Learning Disability Research

If you wanted more research about the causes and treatment of learning disabilities, you’re going to get it.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded $9 million over 5 years to the University of Houston’s Texas Center for Learning Disabilities.  The center is to use these funds for research regarding the causes and treatments of learning disabilities

Food Dye Allergies and Behavior

There are many ingredients in our food that we oftentimes don’t know about -- and they can cause dramatic side effects.  Food dyes are regularly added to food products, and while they might make food look good, they might cause negative reactions in our bodies.

A Pill for Autism?

An experimental drug has implications for improving two signature symptoms of autism -- repetitive behavior and awkward social interactions.

Advancements in Autism Science

Autism is not just one thing.  Some researchers have even compared it to conditions like cancer -- there are many possible causes, and the autism science community is hoping to pin down its etiology and hopefully find a cure or the best treatment possible.  It’s called the “autism spectrum” for a reason, and the term encompasses a great variety of disabilities and abilities. 

Autism Diagnosis in Minutes

Researcher Dennis Wall at Harvard Medical School says he can diagnose autism in a matter of minutes

ARISk Assessment for Autism

The average age for autism diagnosis is 4 years, but what if we could diagnose it sooner?  IntegraGen, Inc. has announced the ARISk assessment test, which looks at gender-specific genetic markers to assess the risk of autism in children.  The 65 genetic markers are associated with autism. 

A Discussion of Neurofeedback

“The brain is centrally involved in everything,” says Sue Othmer, clinical director of the EEG Institute in Woodland Hills, California.  She and her husband became interested in the area when their son was diagnosed with epilepsy.  They found that medications managed his seizures, but his behavior was still out of control.  However, through Neurofeedback, they found the technique was effective with both the seizures and mood.  Othmer says, “Our path since then has been to discover and figure out how broadly h