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Autism Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old.[2] Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood.[3] It is one of three recognized disorders in the autism spectrum (ASDs), the other two being Asperger syndrome, which lacks delays in cognitive development and language, and pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (commonly abbreviated as PDD-NOS), which is diagnosed when the full set of criteria for autism or Asperger syndrome are not met.[4] Characteristics Social development There are many anecdotal reports, but few systematic studies, of aggression and violence in individuals with ASD. Communication Repetitive behavior Causes

Where to find the latest misophonia studies and research papers - Allergic to Sound The best way to increase our understanding of misophonia and find effective treatments is to focus on the research. It’s great that misophonia has been getting more press recently, but we’re in danger of falling into a bit of an information loop… with the same tired old “anger” and “rage” soundbites being thrown around. This is a fascinating and complex condition and the more you learn about it the more interesting and less ‘freak show’ it becomes. I’ll always try to post links to relevant reports and papers on this site (and you can access these here) but if you’re keen to do your own research, and you’re feeling adventurous, here are a few places you can look. (Indeed you can use these resources to find research and studies in any field). Google Scholar Google Scholar The first place to head to is Google Scholar. This is like the ‘normal’ Google, but it’s purely for academic studies. Jurn Jurn Here’s another, similar deal to Google Scholar. Sci Hub Sci Hub The last one is more controversial.

Signs of Autism Ad How ASESA Can Help | Autism Spectrum Disorder - Autism Awareness Generally, the cases of autism are diagnosed during the toddler years. This doesn’t imply that the disorder is common during this stage of life, but most of the symptoms and signs of autism can be seen during this period. Or in other words, children start to show the symptoms of autism during this period. So, during this period parents should be paying special attention in observing the signs of autism. Toddlers are children between the ages of 12 and 18 months and are between infancy and childhood. Autism is characterized by impairment in social interaction and communication and by repetitive behavior. Communication: Children with autism say fewer words make fewer sounds and gestures, as compared to children of same age with normal development. Repetitive behavior: Children with autism show stereotypes or repetitive behaviors. Lack of interest: Children with autism like to live in their own world. To increase the awareness world autism awareness day is also celebrated on 2 April.

iPads in the Classroom | Guest Blogger I've never worked on a Mac. I don't even own an iPhone. But one night four months ago, I borrowed an iPad from our Technology Department to see what all the fuss was about. As a baseball coach and sponsor of our school's broadcasting club, I thought the iPad might be useful for video analysis and editing. And it is. What I never expected was to find so many practical functions for my classroom. Unfortunately, though, unless you work in an incredibly wealthy school district or have been the recipient of an extremely generous grant, chances are your students don't all have iPads for school use. Equipment Assuming you have a projector in the classroom, you have two options: for $29.99, you can buy an adaptor to connect your iPad to the projector, or for $99.99, you can buy Apple TV. What Apps Do I Need? Notability: $0.99 The makers of Notability (the most popular productivity app in the App Store) market it as a "note-taking" app, but it's so much more than that. CloudOn: Free

What It’s Like When Minor Noises Drive You Crazy -- Science of Us In 2002 Margaret and Pawel Jastreboff — a married research team from Emory University — coined the term misophonia, for “hatred of sound.” It describes a condition which causes the sufferer to develop extreme feelings of anger in response to certain noises – noises that don’t bother anyone else – with the specific triggers varying from person to person. In 2013, a Dutch study of 42 people afflicted with the condition demonstrated that the main triggers were sounds produced by the body: think chewing, lip-smacking, swallowing; breathing, nostril noises, sneezing, or knuckle-cracking. They discovered that the average age of onset was 13 years old and the most common response these people had to trigger sounds was irritation followed by anger and, eventually, total disgust. (The disorder should not be confused with phonophobia, which refers to fear of loud noises.) Which can make it hard for misophobes to get any sympathy — most people just consider them easily annoyed. I listen to music.

Mindfulness and Happiness Movement - An eBook Classroom 2.0 Misophonia - Wikipedia Disorder of decreased tolerance to specific sounds Medical condition Misophonia is a disorder of decreased tolerance to specific sounds or their associated stimuli that has been characterized using different language and methodologies.[4] Reactions to trigger sounds range from anger and annoyance to activating a fight-or-flight response.[5] The condition is sometimes called selective sound sensitivity syndrome. Although the condition was first proposed in 2001 by Jastreboff and Jastreboff,[6] it has yet to be considered a diagnosable condition.[5] Misophonia is not classified as an auditory or psychiatric condition, and so is different from phonophobia (fear of sound); there are no standard diagnostic criteria, and there is little research on how common it is or the treatment.[5] Proponents suggest misophonia can adversely affect the ability to achieve life goals and to enjoy social situations. Signs and symptoms[edit] Mechanism[edit] Diagnosis[edit] Classification[edit] Management[edit]

I Education Apps Review - I Education Apps Review How data brokers sell your health information online The next time you visit WebMD to look up a mysterious and troubling medical symptom, consider this: You’ve probably just sent information about yourself to data brokers, who will in turn sell it to credit bureaus, advertisers, and other parties. It’s all completely legal because it’s a highly profitable industry. In part, we can thank our obsession with free website add-ons and applications, including those that run in the background, for that—and we can also credit lack of consumer awareness. Here’s how it works: Any website you visit has embedded applications and tools, installed for a variety of purposes. One of the most common is a hit counter, which looks at the number of hits on any given page and also monitors their referrers—like search terms or other sites. Many sites also run advertisements and maintain applications like social sharing buttons to make it easy for visitors to share information on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere. If it means selling out their users, so be it.