Until very recently, no one has been able to accurately predict autism in babies under a year of age.
That picture has begun to change, as discoveries arising from genetics, nuanced parental observation and neuroimaging are all pointing in the same direction: the capacity to identify autism spectrum disorder in children before overt symptoms – such as loss of, or delays in speech and lack of eye contact – begin to show around the age of two.
Mounting evidence is showing that oppositional, irritable or explosive behaviour in kids with neurodisabilties is rooted in the mental health of the child, and the child’s family.
A study published this week points to anxiety, depression and stress in cerebral palsy (CP), factors also seen in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) as the underpinnings of meltdowns, outbursts and defiance.
Scanning a premature infant’s brain shortly after birth to map the location and volume of small areas of injury to white matter may help doctors better predict whether the baby will have disabilities later, according to a new study co-funded by Kids Brain Health.
Drawing from research conducted at the Neonatal ICU at British Columbia’s Women’s Hospital by Network Investigators Steven P. Miller, Ruth Grunau, Anne Synnes and colleagues, "Quantitative assessment of white matter injury in preterm neonates: association with outcomes" was published in the January 18, 2017, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Kids Brain Health has engaged with parliamentarians and submitted a letter in support of Bill C-235 an Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act - fetal alcohol disorder that was debated Dec. 6 and will be subject to a free vote scheduled for Dec. 13.
In the meantime, MPs are reflecting on the legal and charter implications of Bill C-235. A previous effort by former Yukon MP Ryan Leef to enshrine consideration of the impairments in judgement and impulsivity that can affect people with prenatal exposure to alcohol was tabled and failed to proceed. Leef's successor, the Hon. Larry Bagnell (L-Yukon), has picked up the cause and rallied national support for a new version of the bill, with similar objectives.