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"UC Davis researchers searching for autism clusters in hopes of finding an environmental cause for the disorder have identified 10 clusters around the state, but the source of the clusters is not exactly what they expected. The clusters, including five in metropolitan Los Angeles and one in San Diego, are centered on regional developmental services centers...
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By Melissa Harris-Lacewell.  "Americans have an interesting history of conflating our political disagreements with diagnosis of mental illness. In a terrific new book, psychiatrist and historian Jonathan Metzl tells one of these fascinating stories. Metzl's book, The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease is exceptional and unexpected. The text's central argument is that...
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[Cayman Islands, Cay Compass Online – January 4, 2010] "Special Olympics swimmer Andrew Smilley has notched another amazing milestone in his young life by topping an online poll for braving the cold and placing highly in an open water swim last year in San Francisco. Among an extraordinarily impressive field of outstanding open water swimming...
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"To twist an old quip: Theories come and theories go, the environment remains. The first half of the 20th century was a big bang for the idea that every child was born a blank slate to be shaped by family and social environments. During the second half of the 20th century, the obtuse pendulum of...
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Monday, January 4, 2010 New book in 2010 to explore neurodiversity From the description of Neurodiversity: Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and Other Brain Differences at Amazon.com. The author, Dr. Thomas Armstrong, has a blog on Neurodiversity – the book, where you can find out more about his writings. The book is...
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#CNN# –"The works of David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide September 12, are famous for their obsessively observed detail and emotional nuance. David Foster Wallace reportedly battled depression for 20 years. Certain characteristics of his prose — hypersensitivity and constant rumination, or persistent contemplation — reflect a pattern of temperament that some psychology researchers say...
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Researchers at Stanford Medical School have demonstrated that children of bipolar parents score higher on a non-verbal creativity test than children of "healthy" parents.  The study compared creativity scores of 40 bipolar parents and 40 offspring (half of whom had bipolar disorder and the other half of whom had ADHD), with 18 healthy adults and 18 healthy...
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Here's a post on neurodiversity from the blog Life as the Mother of 4 that  I'd like to share with my readers.  Wednesday, December 30, 2009 The Great Divide: Trying to figure out the Neurodiversity Movement Thomas Armstrong in his essay Special Education and the Concept of Neurodiversity states that the “basic premise [of neurodiversity] is that atypical neurological...
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Katie Apostolides, who has Down Syndrome, graduated in 2009 from Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pennsylvania with an associate's degree in science.  This makes her one of the first (if not the first) individuals with Down Syndrome to complete a post-secondary degree.  She has had a number of news articles follow her academic progress, including one in...
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