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Bullying is a BIG Deal – Part 2

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In the three short days since posting Part 1 of this series – I’ve received a lot of private feedback and a few public comments; there is no doubt that bullying is a major issue and concern for all for American families, but especially families raising children with special needs. Please feel encouraged to leave a comment or question below, chances are – someone else has the same question or is feeling the same emotions. Look for Part 3, the final post in this series, on Monday. Again, I’d like to extend my thanks to Dr. Lisa M. Elliott for sharing her knowledge and expertise here with us.
LAW: Are there certain populations of kids, (for instance our children living with Autism Spectrum Disorders), who may be more at risk of being targeted by bullies?
Dr. Elliott: Unfortunately there appears to be several populations of children that are more of a target for bullying than others. A broad overall way to answer that question is that any child who “appears different” than the bully is often a target.

Autism Research Center of Cambridge Releases DVD Teaching Tool

A video teaching tool released on DVD by the Autism Research Center of Cambridge hopes to bring better understanding of emotion and facial expressions to children on the autism spectrum. A challenge for many children, the DVD breaks down in simple and fun manner, ways for the children to build on knowing emotions like happiness, anger, sadness etc.

Thu, 01/15/2009 - 21:44

Telling Faces Apart

Coming to an end yesterday November 19th was the 38th annual conference of Georgetown University and Georgetown Univerisity Medical Center's departments of neuroscience, psychology, physiology, and biophysics. The conference, attended by some of the brightest minds in the field of neurosciences brought new ideas and research findings in many areas, including autism. Among topics addressed were the inability for some with autism to recognize faces as easily or quickly as someone not affected by autism.

Thu, 11/20/2008 - 08:58

Direct Gaze Enhances Face Perception

Academy of Finland researchers discovered that the visual system of the brain will more efficiently processes another person's face when they are looking directly at it rather than from an averted gaze. An averted gaze can negatively impact the neural mechanisms that regulate approach and avoidance behavior.

Fri, 08/15/2008 - 07:54
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