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Philly.com: Autistic children needed for medical marijuana study at CHOP

Philly.com: Autistic children needed for medical marijuana study at CHOP

There is substantial anecdotal evidence showing that cannabinoids, the active compounds in medical marijuana, can help with some of the symptoms of autism. Cannabis advocates say cannabinoids help improve social interaction and control repetitive behavior, and don’t cause the side effects associated with antipsychotic drugs often given to autistic children.

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Philly.com: Elmwood Park Zoo introduces quiet space, programs for kids with autism

Philly.com: Elmwood Park Zoo introduces quiet space, programs for kids with autism

Parents of children with autism will start seeing a more welcoming environment at Elmwood Park Zoo starting this summer with a designated quiet space and new tailored programming. Recently, the Zoo became the first zoo in the world designated a Certified Autism Center by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, a

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Philly.com: For some children with autism, stopping seizures may aid brain development

Philly.com: For some children with autism, stopping seizures may aid brain development

It’s been long known that many children with autism also have epilepsy or some form of seizure disorder. Not so well understood was the relationship between the two.

But a new Penn study suggests that early life seizures may switch on synapses in the brain that can lead to further development delays

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Philly.com: Autism-certified Sesame Place leads accessibility push among amusement parks, other sites

Philly.com: Autism-certified Sesame Place leads accessibility push among amusement parks, other sites

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Steven Merwin, 22, of Bayville, N.J., on a Halloween visit to Sesame Place in Langhorne, Bucks County

At 22, Steven Merwin doesn’t talk much. He can’t walk more than a quarter-mile on his own. He not only has low-functioning autism, his mother said, but he also suffers

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Philly.com: Why are children with autism at higher risk for serious infections?

Philly.com: Why are children with autism at higher risk for serious infections?

In March, a journal of the American Medical Association published a study defining a new group of children at risk for serious and potentially fatal infections.

Prior to this publication, several high-risk groups of children had already been identified. For example, children born with dysfunctional immune systems, or children without

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Philly.com: Autism took their speech, but technology is helping these kids express themselves

Philly.com: Autism took their speech, but technology is helping these kids express themselves

Diagnosed with autism at age 2½, twins Eddie and Mike Tuckerman, now 21, speak only rarely.  Starting in their tween years, sometimes the boys — mostly Eddie — would connect with their mother by writing in a notebook, but communication was always a struggle.

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The Tuckermans gave the

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Philly.com: The expensive, complicated struggle parents face when kids with disabilities need dental care …

Philly.com: The expensive, complicated struggle parents face when kids with disabilities need dental care …

The Mummers have gone home. The sideways snow has stopped. And it looks like we’ll thaw out by midweek from the deep freeze that’s had us hunkered down since New Year’s.

It’s time to turn outward, people, so here’s a question: What will be your first act of generosity in 2018?

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Philly.com: Why Santino's Dragons is the most inspiring thing you'll see at Philly's Mummer's Parade

Philly.com: Why Santino's Dragons is the most inspiring thing you'll see at Philly's Mummer's Parade

The scene inside the vacant South Philadelphia Forman Mills on Sunday afternoon was not your average Mummers practice: Teens with feather-tipped parasols chased one another around the echoing room, dishing out tickles and eliciting giggles and shrieks in return. Hugs were vigorous and frequent. Order was attained only grudgingly, as Lisa Stagliano

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Philly.com: Children's Hospital to study medical marijuana and autism

Philly.com: Children's Hospital to study medical marijuana and autism

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is pairing with an Australian biopharmaceutical company in what some advocates say could be the first major effort in the U.S. to study the effects of medical marijuana on children with autism.

Athena Zuppa, the director of the hospital’s Center for Clinical Pharmacology, will lead a

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Philly.com: How the Pa. Ballet's sensory-friendly Nutcracker saved one Philly family's Christmas tradition

Philly.com: How the Pa. Ballet's sensory-friendly Nutcracker saved one Philly family's Christmas tradition

When Tamia Pettus was a girl, she looked forward to visiting the Academy of Music every year for a beloved family tradition — the Pennsylvania Ballet production of The Nutcracker. She loved the sparkly tutus, the exciting music, and the Christmas-themed story.

But when her son, Tamar, now 10 years old, was

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Philly.com: Teen shooting victim remembered: 'There was nobody like him who could make your day'

Philly.com: Teen shooting victim remembered: 'There was nobody like him who could make your day'

Caleer Miller Jr. lived only 16 years and 11 months, but in that short life he made a lasting impression on many.

On Saturday morning, about 300 of his admirers packed a South Philadelphia church to celebrate Miller’s life, weeping and laughing as they recalled his ever-present smile, his ability

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Philly.com: With nowhere else to go, patients with severe autism turn to hospitals for help

Philly.com: With nowhere else to go, patients with severe autism turn to hospitals for help

Teenagers and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained, or confined to mesh-tented beds, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows.

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These young people — who may shout for hours, bang their heads on walls, or

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Philly.com: With nowhere else to go, patients with severe autism languish in hospitals across U.S.

Philly.com: With nowhere else to go, patients with severe autism languish in hospitals across U.S.

Teenagers and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained or confined to mesh-tented beds, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows.

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These young people — who may shout for hours, bang their heads on walls or

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