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In response to news reports that it may be possible in the future to "cure" Down syndrome by intervening early in development using psychoactive medication, Jenn Power, the mother of identical twins with Down syndrome, responded on the blog Contrarian: "As you know, I have many years of history supporting people with intellectual disabilities. Through...
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Since 2006, Walter Reed Medical Center has been treating soldiers diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) using a healing practice employed in ancient India:  yoga.  Consisting of a series of physical postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation strategies, yoga is seen as instrumental in helping to calm down the autonomic nervous system, or "fight or flight" brain, that has been...
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AMC Entertainment is teaming up with the Autism Society to create movie experiences on a monthly basis that are autism-friendly.  AMC movie auditoriums will bring the lights up and turn the sound down to accommodate those who are sensitive to sensory input.  There are no previews or advertisements, and families are allowed to bring in gluten-free, casein-free...
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 [Product Description from Amazon.com].   "Increasing numbers of adults are realising that they have been living with an undiagnosed developmental condition, yet most information and support focuses on children. This leaves many adults confused and in the dark. "The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-Diversity Handbook" is a handy first-reference point guide to the full range of developmental conditions...
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Scientists in the United Kingdom have demonstrated the effectiveness of a new computer game (called Play Attention) that helps children with ADHD control their impulsivity.   The child wears a device that looks very much like a bike helmet (see illustration), which picks up the child’s brain waves using electroencephalography (EEG).  As long as the child is producing...
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Product Description from Amazon:  This beautifully written exploration of "the unusual abilities of those who are differently wired" (Psychology Today) received a Ken Book Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for outstanding literary contribution to the world of mental health. In this fascinating literary memoir, Susanne Antonetta draws on her personal experience as...
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From the back cover:   Neurodiversity in Higher Education: Positive Responses to Specific Learning Differences brings together the expertise of a powerful group of authoritative writers, offering an explanation of how psychologists identify a range of specific learning differences in students. It provides detailed information about the most common types of neurodiversity, and explores them in relation...
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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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