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MINNEAPOLIS — Faced with a challenge, three young engineers dreamed up a $12 solution.

A simple wooden box affixed to 8-year-old Alex Benitez-Alvarez’s walker gave the boy more storage space to carry school supplies — and the independence to perform tasks by himself.

There was a time not too many years ago when Nate wore a superhero costume as often as possible. He adored the adventure and predictability of shows like Batman, Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk, and he strove to mimic their heroism and bravery. He created extensive scenarios and exciting battles of good versus evil in our backyard. He saved the city or his sidekick. He built traps and he made plans. His imagination was limitless and his dedication to preventing crime was fierce.

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 study suggests that early life seizures may switch on synapses in the brain that can lead to further development delays in children with autism and other intellectual disorders, including language and learning deficits.

ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- The appearance of fashion dolls has changed drastically over the decades since Barbie debuted in March 1959, becoming more diverse and assuming new body types, ethnicities and roles.

The implications of this unanimous decision are reverberating through schools and agencies that oversee special education. Read on to learn how you can participate in important conversations about these uplifted standards.

Dear Neurotypicals Who Love or Know Someone with SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder),

It’s a very common theme among SPDers: how do I explain SPD to those who love and care about me and who truly want to understand?

She underscores how autism can present itself differently in every person, even those from the same family, and describes how her brothers — now 24, 18, and 16 — are great examples of this.

An increasing number of American children are being diagnosed with autism, according to new government figures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that 1 in 59 children are on the spectrum.

Ideas For At-Home Speech Therapy With An Older Child