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Study: Missing Well-Child Visits Leads to Delayed Autism Diagnoses

At a time when parents may be wary of taking unvaccinated children to a medical facility, the study raises concerns about the possible consequences.


Inspired by Her Cousin, Student Brings Adaptive Rugby to Charlottesville

Alexis Ward, a graduate student in the School of Education and Human Development, has been working to improve the lives of people with disabilities ever since she was a kid.


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Kinesiology Department Moves Into New Space

UVA's newest building, the Student Health and Wellness Center, is the new home of the School of Education and Human Development's Department of Kinesiology.


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Supporting Hispanic Families Impacted by Autism

During Hispanic Heritage Month the team of researchers at the UVA Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative is working to highlight the increasing need for diagnostic and support resources for Hispanic families impacted by autism.


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Research: Fitness and Physical Activity Appear Superior to Weight Loss for Reducing Risks of Obesity

When it comes to obese individuals getting healthy and reducing mortality risk, increasing physical activity and improving fitness appear to be superior to weight loss.


A $2.2M Grant Establishes Blue Ridge LEND Interdisciplinary Training Program at UVA

UVA professors Mazurek and Davis, in partnership with Mary Baldwin University, will lead the new program designed to improve the health and well-being of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.


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How School Counselors Can Best Support Students’ Return to Learn

Counselor education professor Joseph Williams shares his thoughts on the need for a whole-child approach, the role of school counselors, and how to bring an equity lens to social-emotional learning.


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Help Coming for Caregivers of Developmentally Delayed Kids, Thanks to These Professors

Using a telehealth system called “ECHO,” School of Education and Human Development professors Gail Lovette and Rose Nevill have come up with a way to help the caregivers of children with developmental delays.


Back-to-school 2021: The Need for Trauma-Sensitive Teaching

UVA education professor Tish Jennings shares how classroom practices that prioritize safety and community can help schools meet students’ needs and get them back on track this school year.


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Study: Reducing Concussion Recovery Time for Female Student-athletes

A UVA kinesiology professor explains why the presence of certified athletic trainers significantly affects female collegiate student-athletes’ concussion recovery time.


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Assistant Professor Kazlin Mason Named to 2021 iTHRIV Scholars Cohort

The iTHRIV Scholars program, launched in 2017, is a cohort-based, mentored career development award for dedicated early career clinical and translational researchers.


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How to Become a School Counselor in Virginia

Are you considering becoming a K-12 school counselor, but not sure where to begin? Here are four simple steps to get you started.


UVA EHD Faculty Awarded 2020-21 Jefferson Trust Grants

Three new grants will fund workforce development in data science for young adults with autism, anti-racist teacher education, and a children’s book collection designed for COVID-19 education and support.


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Autism Acceptance Month: Resources from Individuals with Autism

In honor of Autism Acceptance Month, the team at STAR reached out to individuals with autism to share their ideas on ways to educate the general community about autism.


Class members pose at one of the openings of the Blue Ridge Tunnel, which was built between 1850 and 1858 beneath Rockfish Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia.

Prescription for Health: Take a Hike

Being one with nature has never been easier with UVA’s new “Engaging With Nature for Health and Well-being” course, where students gather weekly for “forest bathing” and invigorating hikes.


Social Media Can Provide Connections for Children and Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Online gaming and social media can offer opportunities for social interactions for autistic teenagers and adults, according to psychology researcher Micah Mazurek.


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How to Become a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist

Four steps to a rewarding, in-demand healthcare profession


Mentoring: Expert Voices on New Research and Best Practices

January is National Mentoring Month, and researchers at the UVA School of Education and Human Development are contributing to a rapidly growing body of research on how and why effective mentoring works. The School is also home to a number of mentoring programs, including one launched by an undergraduate student. See below to learn more about the many ways that the School is advancing mentoring efforts to support positive youth development.


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UVA Leads Virginia’s New Plan to Improve Mental Health in K-12 Schools

A statewide partnership aims to build a well-connected network of school mental health professionals by pairing graduate trainees with under-resourced school divisions.