LEND Studies Transition from Pediatric to General Dentistry

Does your child need medical immobilization or general anesthesia for dental treatment? Have they transitioned from a pediatric to an adult dental clinic within the past 5 years?

Consider being part of a small group discussion that aims to identify barriers that hinder or promote easy transition for a child with a developmental disability from a pediatric dental office to a general dental office. The information gained will be used to educate the dental profession as well as policy makers regarding potential barriers for those with developmental disabilities and dental care access. Participants will receive $15 gift card.

WHEN:(Sundays) 4.17.16//12-2pm OR 4.24.16 //3-5pm
WHERE: Roseville Public Library // 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN

For more information contact Michele Olson (612) 424-1591
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Toe Walking Study

The Physical Therapy Department at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is conducting a study to determine the efficacy of serial casting versus a new AFO prototype in children who toe walk.

Comparisons in the study will include:
Ankle range of motion
% of time using heel-toe walking pattern
Quality of life

Participants placed in the serial casting group will undergo a normal serial casting progression, which typically takes 6 – 8 weeks. If placed in the AFO group, participants will wear the braces 23 out of 24 hours per day with an anticipated timeframe of 14 weeks. Both groups will participate in 1-hour physical therapy sessions 1x/week and complete a home exercise program 5 days/week. Follow up care includes fabrication of non-carbon fiber braces and continued outpatient physical therapy at a rehab clinic.

4 – 9 years of age
DF ROM = -5 degrees or better

Unilateral toe walking
Sudden onset toe walking
Diagnoses of: CP, SMA, MD, tethered cord, club foot
Oncology Diagnoses

Contact Nicole Brown for more information:

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(952) 930-8685



The aim of the study is to examine how symptoms of Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) can co-occur in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We are interested in hearing from parents of children with ASD, who are between the ages of 3 to 17 years. Even if your child does not have any of the problems mentioned, you are still invited to take part as your information can tell us a lot about why these symptoms present in some children and not in others . If you are willing to participate in this study, you are asked to complete the following questionnaire online.

I will be expected to present all related information to my academic supervisor, Dr. Geraldine Leader. We aim to publish this research in an academic journal. Should you agree to have your child participate, I can send you the article when it is published. You or your child will not be identified in any publication. Your child's identity will be kept completely confidential and anonymous, and will not be shared with anyone else.

Thank you for participating in this research - your time is much appreciated.

If you have any questions concerning this research, please feel free to contact myself or my supervisor (contact details are provided below).

Contact Information:

Emma Dooley
School of Psychology,
National University of Ireland, Galway.
Telephone: 00353 85 8441265
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Autism Treatment Effectiveness Survey

You are invited to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for autism, including medications, nutritional supplements, diets, therapies, and education.

Our goal is to learn which treatments are most effective for different symptoms (language, anxiety, sleep, GI, etc.). Survey results will be posted on our website for families and clinicians, and published in a scientific journal.

Your participation is voluntary. The survey will take 15-45 minutes, depending on the number of treatments you wish to rate.

This survey will provide a unique opportunity to gather data from thousands of families on each treatment, and to help identify which treatments are most effective for a given symptom (language, social, behavior, sleep, GI, cognition, anxiety, depression, etc.)

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Feeding Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

We are interested in studying feeding problems in children and adolescents with autism as parents often report difficulty with these issues. It is important to understand the nature of feeding problems. When we understand feeding problems better, we can then develop the most effective strategies to reduce feeding problems.

The aim of the study is to examine feeding problems in children aged 3 to 18 years with autism spectrum disorder. Feeding problems can include;
 Difficulty with eating and drinking that affects weight and nutrition
 Food and drinks refusal
 Food and drinks selectivity
 Behaviour problems during mealtimes
 Skill deficits

The study will look at feeding problems and other issues of which your child may experience. You are being invited to take part as a parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder. If your child does not present with any feeding problems or symptoms, you can still take part.

If you have any questions, please contact me at any time. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Contact Information:
Mairead O'Reilly
NUI Galway.

To take the survey, please click here.