Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman on Raising a Child with Autism

Boyz II Men founding member Shawn Stockman is opening up about his support for other families raising kids who are on the autism spectrum. The 48-year-old musician shares three kids with his wife Sharhonda, whom he wed in 2001: twin sons Micah and Ty, 18, and younger daughter Brooklyn. After Micah was diagnosed with autism at 2 years […]

Pepper the robot joins school to support children with autism

Pepper, the friendly humanoid robot from SoftBank Robotics, is lending a helping hand to pupils at a special needs school in Somerset, as part of a project led by researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). Currently based at The Mendip School near Shepton Mallet, the approachable-looking robot is supporting pupils […]

A Step Forward In The Provision Of Education To Pupils With Down’s Syndrome

All efforts to raise awareness and strengthen the rights and entitlements of children and young people with Down’s syndrome, who often experience marginalisation, and whose parents have to fight the system to get their children’s needs met, should be wholeheartedly welcomed. The proposals contained in The Down’s Syndrome Bill, promoted by former cabinet member Liam […]

Special guardianship helps thousands of children to leave care. It needs more support

Judith Harwin, Professor in socio-legal studies and co-director of the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research, Lancaster University The pandemic has brought with it yet more hardship for families across the nation. But amid increases in domestic abuse, parental and child mental health difficulties as well as deprivation and poverty, the impact on family courts has yet […]

Identifying autism blood biomarkers with machine learning

Researchers have identified a group of blood biomarkers that could help lead to an earlier diagnosis of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The UT Southwestern team has used machine learning tools to analyse hundreds of proteins that has led to the identification of nine serum proteins that predict the disorder. The researchers hope this will help […]

Children put under more pressure due to ‘catch-up’ narrative, psychologists warn

Children are being put under a “huge” pressure due to the narrative that pupils need to catch up with lost learning, educational psychologists have warned. Young people should be supported through socialisation and play if the Government decides to extend the amount of time that they spend in school, the British Psychological Society (BPS) has […]

E-learning platform for autistic children launched

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Monday launched an E-learning platform targeting parents and caregivers of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The platform has been launched in partnership with the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Child Development and Paediatric Rehabilitation Centre, Qatar Foundation, Al Shafallah Centre for Persons with Disabilities and Qatar […]