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According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 1 in 6 children in the United States had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, autism and intellectual disabilities. At The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), researchers and clinicians are finding ways to give these children the early intervention and skills they need to live fulfilling lives.

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UTHeath study: Children with specific birth defects at increased risk for abuse

Children born with cleft lip or palate and spina bifida are at an increased risk for abuse before the age of 2, according to researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).The results were published in the December issue of the journal Pediatrics.

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Children’s Learning Institute awarded nearly $10 million in education research grants

Children’s Learning Institute researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) were recently awarded federal funding for research covering a variety of education topics ranging from reading comprehension to English-language learners to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) assessments.

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Children’s Learning Institute launches free online child development portal for Rio Grande Valley residents

The Children’s Learning Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has launched Act Early Texas!, an online portal that provides free developmental screening tools and training resources for parents and early childhood professionals in Cameron, Willacy and Hidalgo counties in Texas. The free screening tools and training, which are available in English and Spanish, can be accessed at www.actearlytexas.org.

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