What you need to know about autism spectrum disorder

Medical X-Press – Len Canter

Autism spectrum disorder—or ASD—is a developmental disability now diagnosed in about one in 37 boys and one in 151 girls in the United States. Researchers are learning more about why differences in the brain develop and result in autism spectrum disorder, which includes autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Both environmental factors and genetic risks are being investigated, but more studies are needed to reveal all the answers. (more)

We Must Stop Letting Our Children Fall Victim to Preventable Injury

The U.S. News and World Report – Elaine Cox, M.D.

As the protectors of children, we worry constantly about their safety. We devote time in our homes, our schools and our places of worship to teach them to exercise caution when approached by strangers. We fret about them getting out of our sight. We worry about the external world destroying ours by hurting our children. The reality is, however, that most childhood injuries and deaths are not due to the external forces we fear. Rather, they are accidents lurking in our everyday life that pose the greatest risk. (more)

How to get children to eat a rainbow of fruit and vegetables

Medical X-Press – Yasmine Probst And Ruth Crowe

Worldwide, people are not eating enough fruit and vegetables. In Australia, less than 4% of us meet the Australian Dietary Guideline recommendations for vegetables by age group. Worryingly, children and teenagers are even less likely than adults to be eating enough vegetables. (more)

Tips from the experts on how to help your kid handle back-to-school stress

CBC – Aidan Geary

You might not be ready to hear it, but back-to-school season is nearly here. Experts say the transition from carefree summertime back to the books can be a stressful time for parents as well as kids, especially if your child has had a tough time at school in the past or has negative associations with it. (more)

4 Ways How to Get the Kids out of the House and Playing

The Times Square Chronicle – Staff Writer

Physical activity is essential for children. Playing promotes proper growth and development. They are able to learn new skills and boost their cognitive capabilities. When your kids have had too much television or video games, it is prudent to take them outdoors and let them play. (more)