November 2016 - published by University at Buffalo's UBNow
What if someone invented a smartphone app that could help detect autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children as young as 2 years old? Could it lead to earlier detection and therefore better treatment? A study co-authored by a UB undergraduate and presented at the IEEE Wireless Health conference at the National Institutes of Health last month could provide the answer. It involves the creation of an app for cell phones, tablets or computers that tracks eye movement to determine, in less than a minute, if a child is showing signs of autism spectrum disorder.
“Although it’s never too late to start therapy, research demonstrates the earlier we diagnose, the better our outcomes,” adds co-author Kathy Ralabate Doody, assistant professor in the Department of Exceptional Education at SUNY Buffalo State. “We offer many educational interventions to help children with autism reach the same developmental milestones met by children with typical development.” Read more...
Congratulations to Associate Chair of Undergraduate Programs, Shannon Budin! Dr. Budin and colleagues’ article, “Promising Practices in the Preparation of Special Educators to Provide Reading Instruction,” was nominated and received the highest average score as “Must Read” article published between July 2015 and June 2016 in the journal Intervention in School & Clinic.
Dr. Budin and her co-authors revealed that a stunning 85% of students with disabilities who receive special education services require support in the area of reading; however, most teachers feel unprepared to meet the needs of students who struggle to read. In this article, Sayeski, Budin, and Bennett (2015) share the concepts and skills associated with effective reading instruction and put forth “promising practices for reading instruction” that “can result in important knowledge and skill gains for candidates” (p.7).
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