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March 22, 2016


This week in USAAA WeeklyNews

Sugar may be as damaging to the brain as extreme stress or abuse

Schools Warned On Speech Services For Kids With Autism

Kids' jewelry sold at JC Penney, Dillard's tested off the charts for toxic metals

IEP FAQs Pop-Up; Resolving Parent-School Disputes

The Vestibular System and Auditory Language Processing


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Sugar may be as damaging to the brain as extreme stress or abuse

University of New South Wales

We all know that cola and lemonade aren't great for our waistline or our dental health, but our new study on rats has shed light on just how much damage sugary drinks can also do to our brain. The changes we observed to the region of the brain that controls emotional behaviour and cognitive function were more extensive than those caused by extreme early life stress.

The fact that drinking sugar or exposure to early life stress reduced the expression of genes critical for brain development and growth is of great concern.
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Schools Warned On Speech Services For Kids With Autism

Federal education officials are reminding schools not to skimp on needed speech and language services for children with autism.

Musgrove said her agency is worried that this issue is impacting students in special education programs serving infants and toddlers as well as K-12 schools.
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Kids' jewelry sold at JC Penney, Dillard's tested off the charts for toxic metals

Sky-high levels of lead and cadmium in children's jewelry were found in tests by the Washington Department of Ecology.

One necklace for young girls was more than 98 percent cadmium. Another was more than 5 percent lead.

One necklace tested at 984,000 parts per million, meaning it was 98 percent cadmium.
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IEP FAQs Pop-Up
Resolving Parent-School Disputes

Parents want the "best" education for their children. Schools are only required to provide "appropriate" services for children with disabilities. Conflict between parents and schools is normal and inevitable.

Learn:
Strategies to resolve disagreements
Steps to take if you disagree with the school
Options you have if unable to resolve disputes
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The Vestibular System and Auditory Language Processing

The vestibular system and auditory language processing: Children with vestibular dysfunction may also have auditory language processing problems.

Occupational therapists have found that when they treat a child for vestibular dysfunction, speech-and-language skills can improve along with balance, movement, and motor planning skills. And even without the assistance of therapists, children who move spontaneously often show enhanced ability to verbalize their thoughts.
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SAVE THE DATE - AUGUST 18 - 20, 2016 - Louisville, Kentucky

SAVE THE DATE - AUGUST 18 - 20, 2016
Be sure to join us at the Hyatt Regency Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky for the 11th Annual USAAA 2016 World Conference.

Over 30 of the world's most respected researchers, practitioners, and education specialists in the Autism and Asperger communities will share valuable resources for your child, family member, patient, friend, student, or yourself at the USAAA 2016 World Conference and Expo.

*Reserve a room at the Hyatt Regency Louisville for $129 and get a full conference registration for only $98 (non-professionals) and $160 (professionals). Limited time offer.

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