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Once we’ve received your submissions, we can post them for everyone to see.  Hope to hear from many of you!

The last word on the birth order arguments

An article in the Globe and Mail explores the persistent theories behind the birth order differences in personality and intelligence and comes up with the final word on the subject!  An interesting read – do you agree?

Can autism be detected by a blood test?

New research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, reported in disabilityscoop, suggests that a blood test can determine whether an individual is on the autism spectrum or not.  We  seem to be closing in on biological indicators on what was once seen as a behavioural condition – interesting times!

Cyber-bullying just another tool in the bully’s toolbox

Research from the University of Warwick, reported in EurekAlert, looks at cyber-bullying as a unique form of bullying rather than another form of bullying, including traditional social and face-to-face.  It seems that cyber-bullying is rarely the only form of bullying used, but one of the three forms applied to victims.  Recommendations for intervention/prevention are made.

Linking autism and addiction

An article in The Atlantic looks in depth at the link between autism and addiction.  Interestingly, it is  noted that “Overall, an autism diagnosis doubles the risk of addiction, the researchers found. Elevated risk is concentrated among those with an IQ of 100 or above. But across the spectrum, ADHD is a great multiplier of risk: Among those with autism and intellectual disability, having ADHD increases the risk of addiction fourfold; among those with an IQ in the typical range or above, ADHD increases the risk eightfold.”  The article looks at both risk factors for addiction and problems with treatment due to autism.

Is “facilitated communication” back again?

According to an article in the Washington Post, parents of autistic children are urging the use of “facilitated communication” with their children in school.  The approach, developed by Douglas Biklin in 1990, was essentially discredited, however the article presents the history of the approach as well as the current views of pros and cons.  Your thoughts?

Teacher mindfulness classes

An article in SmartBrief/Education describes a program developed by two teachers to provide mindfulness training for teachers in their school.  Results were very good, as you might expect.  One has to believe this would be an excellent project for school psychologists to undertake in their schools!

Very early identification of autism!

New research from the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia , reported in disabilityscoop, suggests that infants under 1 year old can be reliably identified as exhibiting autistic tendencies by looking at brain development differences.  This is exciting news for potential early intervention measures!