African-American Children with Autism May Go Undiagnosed

Dr. Margaret Souders of Penn Nursing is an expert in autism spectrum disorder

The need for professional care of African-American children with autism can go unmet. Some of the disparity could stem from cultural differences in parental perceptions of behavior, says autism expert Margaret C. Souders, PhD, RN, assistant professor of human genetics at Penn Nursing. “Families respond to behavioral challenges and quirky manners in [...]

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Shakespeare Takes Center Stage in Helping Children with Autism

Shakespeare Takes Center Stage in Helping Children with Autism

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Nisonger Center are trying to determine if teaching strategies based on Shakespeare texts can help children with autism become better communicators. Children with autism often struggle to communicate. Many avoid eye contact, don’t understand the context of conversation and may miss [...]

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Wilderness Therapy Programs Less Risky Than Daily Life

University of New Hampshire professor Michael Gass (left) and doctoral student Steve Javorski found that adolescents participating in adventure therapy programs are at significantly less risk of injury than those playing football and were three times less likely to visit the emergency room for an injury than if they were at home.

Adolescents participating in wilderness and adventure therapy programs are at significantly less risk of injury than those playing football and are three times less likely to visit the emergency room for an injury than if they were at home, a new study by University of New Hampshire researchers finds. These [...]

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