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Articles & JournalsForum: Laws needed to end insurance bias

Mr Wesley Loh’s call for government intervention to ensure that persons with autism are able to access insurance coverage just like those without disabilities is timely (Govt help needed to tackle insurer bias against autism, Sept 17). Under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), state parties are obliged to […]

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Articles & Journals‘Sesame Street’ Changing Attitudes About Autism

Five years after “Sesame Street” put its focus on autism, new research suggests the show’s materials are helping to change minds among parents of kids with and without the developmental disorder. The venerable children’s television show introduced a character with autism and a collection of online materials with information about the condition and resources for […]

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Articles & JournalsSome autistic children may prefer cats as they don’t hold eye contact

The fleeting way cats make eye contact may explain why some autistic children develop stronger relationships with pet cats than pet dogs. The “less intrusive glance” of cats, compared to the “long gazes” that dogs make, might align better with autistic children’s “social needs,” says Marine Grandgeorge at the University of Rennes in France. “Cats […]

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Articles & JournalsComorbid ADHD More Prevalent in Boys, Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder

In hospitalized children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), predictors of comorbid attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) included male sex, adolescent age, White race, and longer hospital stay, according to study results presented at Psych Congress 2020 Virtual Experience, held online from September 11 to 13, 2020. This retrospective study analyzed hospital admission records comprising 3095 cases of […]

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Articles & JournalsMore avenues for progression and training for teachers in special education schools

SINGAPORE – Teachers in special education (Sped) schools will have more room to progress in their careers through two new tracks in teaching and leadership. New hires will also go through a contract teaching stint and a longer diploma programme at the National Institute of Education (NIE). These were some of the plans laid out on […]

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Articles & JournalsThese educators feel fulfilled teaching children with special needs

The 31-year-old has been with Awwa School for 11 years. The social service agency provides special education to children and teenagers (aged seven to 18) with multiple disabilities and young learners with autism. There had been challenges, but Ms Shalini is happy doing what she enjoys. When one of her pupils with global developmental delay […]

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Articles & JournalsTeachers’ Day Training @ Red SchoolHouse

We are honoured to be invited to Red SchoolHouse for their Teachers’ Training for helping children with special needs in a school setting. The training was conducted in both English and Mandarin.  We are grateful for the warm welcome and like to also thank Red SchoolHouse for the gifts of appreciation. We look forward to […]

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Articles & JournalsAutism prevalence estimates for China, Greece align with global patterns

About 0.7 percent of children in China aged 6 to 12 have autism, suggests the largest study of the country’s autism prevalence to date. And in Greece, 1.15 percent of 10- and 11-year-olds have the condition, according to the first estimate for that country. Both figures fall within the range of autism prevalence estimates reported […]

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Articles & JournalsMotor difficulties in autism, explained

Most autistic people — 87 percent, according to the latest estimate — have some sort of motor difficulty, ranging from an atypical gait to problems with handwriting. These issues are distinct from the repetitive behaviorsconsidered to be a hallmark of autism. And yet, despite their prevalence, motor problems are not considered a core trait of […]

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Articles & JournalsMutation in “Housekeeping” tRNA Linked to Autism

Within cells, molecules known as transfer RNAs, or “tRNAs,” play an important but unglamorous workhorse role in keeping the genetic translation process moving along from codes of DNA to functional proteins. Because they play such a vital role in this translational “housekeeping,” tRNAs are plentiful. There are hundreds of tRNA genes in mammalian cells and […]

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