Once a week, the Special Needs Blog at Families.com does a quick Week in Review. This is a great way to catch up on the blogs that you meant to read, but didn’t have enough time to do it when it first hit the blog.
The Special Needs Podcast Roundup for the week went up on March 19, 2012. This week, I would like to point out an episode from the “Autism & Disney Series – The Best Magic”. It is episode number four, and it talks about how children who have autism can have a great Disney vacation.
Study Finds Infants Born Addicted to Meth Have Behavior Problems
A new study, that is the first of its kind, found that babies who are born addicted to methamphetamine are at a higher risk of developing behavioral and emotional problems than children who were not born addicted to the drug. This is something that most people could have guessed, and now, we have a study that proves it.
Study Confirms Financial Impact of Autism
This is another brand new study. It confirms the findings of a preliminary study that was done last year. The researchers found that families that are caring for a child that has autism are financially affected. One reason for that has to do with the cost of autism treatment, (which isn’t always covered by health insurance). Another reason is that moms of kids who have an ASD are likely to be unemployed, so they can take care of their child.
March 21 was World Down Syndrome Day
March 21, 2012, was the seventh annual World Down Syndrome Day. This year was the first time that the United Nations officially recognized it. In this blog, I bring you some important, and interesting, information about World Down Syndrome Day.
Anxiety About Math Affects Ability to do Math
A study was done by the Stanford University School of Medicine. They found that kids who have math anxiety experience activity in the part of their brains that responds to fearful situations when the child is faced with math problems. The anxiety actually decreases the activity in the parts of the brain that handles things like the ability to work out a math problem.
The Voucher System in Georgia Has Problems
Lawmakers in Georgia want to pass a bill that would allow students with severe disabilities to be able to receive a school voucher without having to attend a public school. The current law requires students who have special needs to spend twelve months attending a public school before they become eligible for a vouchers. Obviously, this isn’t the best idea for medically fragile students. The Board of Education in Georgia is against this bill.
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