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2010-07-26 06:45:00

NEW YORK, July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the most common initial red flags reported by parents of children with autism is that they suspect their child may be deaf because he or she no longer responds to his or her name, and does not look at them when they speak. However, the lack of response or eye contact can point to an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In fact, many children on the autism spectrum do not demonstrate typical language skills and social behavior, or even lose language or...

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2009-01-16 12:10:00

A new DVD released this week teaches autistic children how to recognize emotions like happiness, anger and sadness through the exploits of vehicles including a train, a ferry, and a cable car."ËœThe Transporters' is the brainchild of Simon Baron-Cohen, director of the Autism Research Center at Cambridge University, who became interested in the subject while teaching autistic children in the 1980s. He soon began to question how he could do more for kids suffering from the condition....

2008-08-06 12:00:48

As the rates of autism continue to rise, many parents and educators are facing difficulties implementing effective teaching methods for their children and students. With this challenge in mind, a South Carolina-based software developer has launched the Activity Trainer (AT), a video modeling software program designed to improve learning for individuals with autism and other learning disorders. "We're excited about the Activity Trainer launch," says Karl Smith, founder of Accelerations...

2008-06-14 03:00:00

By More, Cori Many children learn easily by watching others, imitating actions, and cuing into subtle social cues. However, some students with disabilities have trouble acquiring these social skills. These children require a more intensive intervention to make gains in the social area. For students who have difficulties initiating and maintaining interactions, teachers can implement more structure in the environment to gain a student's interest and encourage peer interactions. One strategy...

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2008-02-29 12:04:46

Using "virtual peers" -- animated life-sized children that simulate the behaviors and conversation of typically developing children -- Northwestern University researchers are developing interventions designed to prepare children with autism for interactions with real-life children. Justine Cassell, professor of communication studies and electrical engineering and computer science, recently presented a preliminary study on the work at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'