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.
In recognition of her extraordinary contributions towards improving quality of life for children with autism and their families through research and teaching, Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou, MD, has been appointed as the inaugural Dr. Stuart D. Sims Chair in Autism.
Dr. Anagnostou is a senior clinician scientist and co-lead of the Autism Research Centre at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She is also an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto and a founding member of Kids Brain Health's autism research group.