September 28, 2018

In this Issue:

1. Early Childcare Provider's Guide to Managing Challenging Behaviors

Source: Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks has published this toolkit to assist early childcare providers to improve their management of challenging behaviors in the classroom. Although the focus is on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the intervention strategies and positive behavioral methods described in the toolkit can be used for any child struggling with attention deficits, intellectual disability, anxiety and delayed social skills.

2. Resources from the CTD on Early Childhood and Assistive Technology

Source: Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)

The CTD Library currently has over 380 resources specifically related to early childhood and assistive technology (September 2018). For additional information and hot topics on assistive technology, visit their main website at https://www.ctdinstitute.org

3. State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Young Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Crisis

Source: National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)

According to a recent publication from the NASHP (September 2018), there has been "a dramatic increase in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which is costly to treat and poses long-term threats to a child's health." The report highlights effective strategies from Kentucky, New Hampshire and Virginia that support children and families affected by opioid use disorder (OUD). A list of references and an appendix of federal funding sources available to states to address the opioid epidemic are also included.

For additional publications from the NASHP on children's health topics, visit this search results page.

4. An Effective Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Preschool-aged Children

Source: Heliyon

The September 2018 issue of open access journal Heliyon, published the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis of existing ASD interventions for preschool-aged children based on articles published in years 2001 through 2015. The purpose of the study was to determine the most effective intervention based on cognitive, developmental, and behavioral outcomes and sound research practices. The best outcomes were found in three studies of music therapy interventions. It was also found that the quality of the health care provider, and the duration and intensity of the intervention were crucial factors in the intervention's overall effectiveness. The study suggests that music therapy is an effective tool for improving social interaction in preschool-aged children with ASD, and that more research is necessary to provide further evidence.