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Planning is important for any teen on their way to college – but for those with disabilities, it’s absolutely imperative. NCVO London

Helping your student with disabilities prepare for the future

Numerous measures are in place to help young disabled children thrive, but the transition beyond school can be a difficult one. Here are some tips for families to help their children prepare for life beyond.
Nicky Reilly driven away from court in 2008 where he was charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism. Lewis Whyld/PA

Are autistic people at greater risk of being radicalised?

People suffering from autism could be far more vulnerable to falling under the spell of terror organisations on the look-out for new recruits.
Balancing and doing tricks requires visual attention. ThamKC via shutterstock.com

Fidget toys aren’t just hype

Fidget items can have practical uses that help people calm down and stay focused. The problem with spinners may be that they require visual attention, which can distract users and others nearby.
Do you struggle to keep your attention on the task at hand? from www.shutterstock.com.au

What does our attention span mean?

Trying to focus on a task involves attention control – the ability to maintain focus on something over a period of time. What exactly is an attention span? Does it relate to intelligence? Can it change?
The language used to talk about children with disabilities must be changed before attitudes will shift. Siegfried Modola/Reuters

Mind your language: talking about children with disabilities

Language can be used harmfully to construct categories of others. The words we use in describing children with disabilities need to be examined, challenged - and changed.
Your brain scan told me your mind would wander. Boy image via www.shutterstuck.com

Brain connections predict how well you can pay attention

Particular parts of an individual's brain tend to work together on certain tasks. Researchers can look at these patterns of "functional connectivity" to predict traits – like the ability to pay attention.
Vasopressin may be used to treat social deficits in children with autism. kids with ball, from shutterstock.com

Autistic kids low on vital social hormone, study suggests

Increasing autistic children's levels of vasopressin, a hormone that regulates social behaviour, could help treat the social deficits common to autism, research suggests.

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