News Roundup @ The NN: Neural Mechanisms, Bubbles And Dentistry
04/05/2013 - 13:32
Helen Chernikoff
The more you know, the more you know. Fotolia
The more you know, the more you know. Fotolia

March’s employment numbers came out today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; the labor participation rate for people with disabilities holds roughly steady at 20.7 percent.

Sign language shares design and neural mechanisms with spoken language, according to an article on physorg.com at about research by Northeastern University Professor Iris Berent.

English speakers can rapidly learn to recognize key structures of American Sign Language despite no previous familiarity with it, the article says.

Abstract linguistic principles – such as the construction of words from meaningless syllables – apply to both speech and sign.

In a New Jersey elementary school, students marked the sixth annual World Autism Awareness Day by blowing bubbles, an article in the Courier-Post reports.

“Every bubble is beautiful,” said the mother who organized the event and whose son has autism. “Each one is unique and, given a little wind, each one can soar.”

A recent study by the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine found that people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities are more prone to dental disease, according to an article in The Jewish Press.

Many dentists are unwilling to treat children with disabilities because they lack the necessary training. Autism spectrum disorders, for example, can necessitate anesthesia or restraining devices in the dentist’s chair.

But it’s possible to avoid taking those measures with the help of desensitization and sensory integration programs.

The author of this article, Dr. Chrystalla Orthodoxou sounds fascinating: she has over 15 years of treating individuals with developmental disabilities and has developed various techniques for use in her practice.

And in this week's unlikeliest source, from the website Gifts And Decorative Accessories: Toy retailer Fat Brain Toys has launched a Special Needs Resource Center that offers toys and games for individuals with needs in categories ranging from Down Syndrome to Alzheimer’s to vision impairment.

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