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SOMETHING ABOUT A HORSE: FINDING BENEFITS IN THERAPEUTIC RIDING

Marina SarrisInteractive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger Institute American frontier tales promote the magical connection between a man and his trusty steed. A rider communicates with his horse through words and movements, forming a bond in which each “reads” the other. Horse enthusiasts have said these bonds help people with autism, a disorder affecting social …

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Study Finds That Long-Banned Pesticides Linked to Higher Risk of Autism

Sometimes it’s easy to think that banning a harmful product, or cracking down on its disposal, can simply erase any future problems. But a new study from Drexel University indicates that that might not be the case. Older readers may remember the infamous pesticide DDT, which was banned in 1972, ten years after the publication …

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2016 ParaLife: Oberflächen-EMG-Untersuchungen beim Tandemreiten

Die Zunahme hirnentwicklungsbedingter Dysfunktionen erfordert ein Umdenken in Pädagogik und Medizin. Ursache und Wirkung sind elementare Prinzipien, Therapien erfolgreich einzuleiten und Bildungsprozesse nachfolgend zu ermöglichen. Die von Rupert Isaacson entwickelten Konzepte Horseboy- und Movement Method  bieten herausragende Möglichkeiten, die Hirnreifungsprozesse des Kindes- und Jugendalters zu nutzen, um einerseits die individuelle Persönlichkeit zu respektieren, andererseits die …

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Children with Autism Who Live With Pets Are More Assertive

Dogs, cats and other animals may improve social skills of children with autism COLUMBIA, Mo. – Dogs and other pets play an important role in individuals’ social lives, and they can act as catalysts for social interaction, previous research has shown. Although much media attention has focused on how dogs can improve the social skills …

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Kids with ADHD need to move in order to learn, research reveals

Forcing them to stay still is counterproductive. Children with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) are always being told to sit still and concentrate, but new research has revealed that they actually need to move in order to learn. In fact, small movements such as fidgeting, squirming, leg-swinging, foot-tapping and chair-scuffling may be vital to remembering …

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UBC stands behind vaccine studies discredited by WHO

The University of British Columbia is defending two of its researchers who have published vaccine-related studies discredited by the World Health Organization and described by several medical experts as weak and misleading. Organizations that promote messages about the dangers of vaccines, such as the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute (CMSRI), have used the results of …

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Autism uncovered: Brains of people with the condition work in ‘idiosyncratic’ ways, claims groundbreaking study

It’s still not known whether people with autism have more or less connections in parts of their brains that normally work in together. Now a new study suggests the lack of common ground in this area reflects the fact that people with autism have connections that are uniquely their own. The groundbreaking research could help …

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Oxytocin for Autism?

Scientists find that the hormone improves sociability in a mouse model of autism. Mutant mice that exhibit many of the characteristics of human autism spectrum disorders, including social deficiency, have more interactions with fellow mice when given a dose of oxytocin, according to a report published today (January 21) inScience Translational Medicine. The beneficial effect …

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