Bat Boy With Down Syndrome Hits a Home Run! – Week in Neurodiversity (5/6/17)


The Week in Neurodiversity

The Neurodiversity News Show, hosted by Mike Nickas.

(4 mins 14 sec) In this episode, batboy with Down syndrome gets to bat leadoff for the high school baseball team, squeeze jackets are helping those on the autism spectrum, and how can Botox help those with depression and anxiety? These stories and more in this week’s edition!

[00:11] Researchers are now looking at Botox injections as possible treatments for depression and social anxiety.

[00:45] A 35-year-old woman whose family has been severely impacted by Alzheimer’s is taking part in a Washington University study to help patients of the disease.

[01:25] Over in Alabama, a sixth grade student is spreading awareness for autism with one simple message: that it’s okay to be on the spectrum.

[01:48] Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a squeeze vest that could help those with autism.

[02:24] A 12-year-old girl with autism gave a school assembly to explain to her peers what it is like to live on the spectrum.

[02:58] Over in Ohio, a bat boy with Down syndrome got to bat leadoff for his high school baseball team.

 

FOR THE FULL-LENGTH STORIES AND VIDEOS:

Researchers are now looking at Botox injections as possible treatments for depression and social anxiety. http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/04/17/research-botox-injections-to-treat-depression/

A 35-year-old woman whose family has been severely impacted by Alzheimer’s is taking part in a Washington University study to help patients of the disease. http://www.13newsnow.com/news/health/2-new-drugs-being-studied-at-wash-u-could-help-alzheimers-patients/434224021

Over in Alabama, a sixth grade student who is raising money for the Easter Seals vocational rehab center, is spreading awareness for autism with one simple message: that it’s okay to be on the spectrum. http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2017/04/26/pca-student-raises-awareness-s-ok-have-autism/100902226/

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a squeeze vest that could help those with autism. http://www.wpxi.com/news/squeeze-vest-could-help-calm-people-with-autism/515606192

A 12-year-old girl with autism gave a school assembly to explain to her peers what it is like to live on the spectrum. http://www.insideedition.com/headlines/22990-12-year-old-girl-with-autism-comes-out-at-school-assembly

Over in Ohio, a bat boy with Down syndrome got to bat leadoff for his high school baseball team. http://fox8.com/2017/04/25/video-high-school-bat-boy-with-down-syndrome-has-hit-of-the-game/

 

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Mike Nickas received his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University in December of 2015, and is currently pursuing an education in the fields of neuropsychology and special education. He is the host of the online news show The Week in Neurodiversity, and author of the column Notions by Nickas. He also currently works as a camp counselor at Dr. Mike Rizzo’s Child Provider Specialists in Weston, FL.
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Mike Nickas

Mike Nickas received his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University in December of 2015, and is currently pursuing an education in the fields of neuropsychology and special education. He is the host of the online news show The Week in Neurodiversity, and author of the column Notions by Nickas. He also currently works as a camp counselor at Dr. Mike Rizzo’s Child Provider Specialists in Weston, FL.

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