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Research Round-Up #4

Links between sleep and daytime behaviour problems in children with Down syndromeIn the general population, it is common for poor sleep to negatively impact daytime performance. However, the impact of poor sleep in children with Down syndrome (DS) is understudied. Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center examined the relationship between sleep quality and daytime

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Research Round-Up #3

Brief Report: Parent Perspectives on Sensory-Based Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum DisorderSensory-Based Interventions (SBIs) are treatments that use sensory tools to address behavioral challenges in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). SBIs work to help children process and recognize environmental stimuli. In this study, researchers interviewed 152 parents of children with ASD and collected

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NDD Lab Undergrad Featured in Caravel

We’re excited to share that one of our former undergraduate research assistants recently had his work published in USC’s undergraduate research journal! Nicolas Poupore spent several years as an undergrad working in our lab on physiological data. He’s currently attending medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville. Before graduating, Nicolas submitted an

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Research Round-Up #2

Melatonin may ease autistic children’s sleep troublesChildren with autism often have difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep. This study by Beth Malow at Vanderbilt University looked into the safety of melatonin, an over-the-counter supplement used as a sleep aid. Eighty children aged 2-17 years, most of which had autism and a few with Smith-Magnesis syndrome,

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Research Round-Up

In our first research round-up, we share research about improving early identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the primary care setting using different screening processes. Utilizing Two-Tiered Screening for Early Detection of Autism Spectrum DisorderIn the primary care setting, many physicians use a parent questionnaire called the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT-R/F)

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Congratulations to Kayla

Congratulations, Kayla!

Research specialist Kayla Jarvis has been accepted to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program at Presbyterian College! After joining the NDD Lab in January 2019, Kayla began working with infants and children with Down syndrome and fragile X syndrome. Through this work, she developed an interest in early intervention and its effects on motor

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