Monthly Archives: February 2011
|February 25, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Children and Family, Health, News, Research||
According to the results of the study, EEG complexity as a biomarker for autism spectrum disorder risk, out of Boston Children’s Hospital, an early identification method for autism may one day be available for high risk infants (those with a sibling with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum) as young as 6 months old.
The test uses electroencephalography (EEG) to measure brain activity at various points in the child’s early development. The researchers detected patterns in the high-risk group that were different from those of the control group, and may indicate a higher likelihood of neurological developmental differences predictive of autism.
At this time, the early detection method is not expected to be widely available as its success with non-high-risk pool infants has not been thoroughly tested. However, this breakthrough in identifying a possible autism spectrum biomarker may jump-start the development of earlier interventions and therapies for very young children with a familial history of autism.
Study Citation: EEG complexity as a biomarker for autism spectrum disorder risk William Bosl, Adrienne Tierney, Helen Tager-Flusberg and Charles Nelson. BMC Medicine 2011, 9:18doi:10.1186/1741-7015-9-18
|February 24, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Evaluation, Management, Program Model, Technology||
The post by Paul Duigan, Paul Duigan on DoView and Visually Representing Outcomes, at the AEA365 Tip-a-Day by and for Evaluators Blog is meaty fare for nonprofit professionals looking for a new approach to the coordination and presentation of organizational activities. Dr Duigan’s method includes a series of visual depictions of the interrelated workings of organizational processes such as evaluation, strategic planning and ongoing monitoring in one large (and involved) model. Utilizing visual models, rather than the traditional narrative form of most planning and evaluation tools, may increase the efficiency of the process and its appeal to a wider audience.
Additional information on Paul Duigan’s work is available on his website, OutcomesCentral.org, which is a treasure trove of resources and multi-media presentations on outcomes, performance management, strategic planning and modeling.
|February 21, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Children and Family, Research||
A report from RAND gives insight into the challenges faced by families of deployed military personnel. A sample of over 1,100 youth (11 to 17 years old) and their caregiver or parent participated in this study that examined emotional, social and academic functioning and challenges during periods of parental military deployment.
Findings from the study include:
- Thirty percent of youth experienced symptoms of anxiety – symptoms serious enough to require additional assessment – but those symptoms declined over the duration of the study.
- Longer lengths of parental deployments pre-study were associated with more severe challenges reported by youth during the study period.
- The emotional well-being of the caregiver was linked to the youth’s social, emotional and academic outcomes.
A multitude of active and reserve military families across the country are facing the challenges of having a parent/spouse in the stressful cycle of deployment and reintegration. The report points out that families living far from military bases or associated with the National Guard may not have adequate access to support services and socialization opportunities with other families in similar situations. Do these families get lost in the shuffle? Has your organization reached out to military families, included them in existing programs or referred them to support groups, networks or other resources?
Study Citation: Chandra, Anita , Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Lisa H. Jaycox, Terri Tanielian, Bing Han, Rachel M. Burns and Teague Ruder. Views from the Homefront: How Military Youth and Spouses Are Coping with Deployment. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2011. http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9568.