Students sit during mindfulness practice
Mindfulness is quite the buzzword these days, yet most of us would probably be hard-pressed to describe what mindfulness actually is. And what it is not. The practice is an old one, dating back centuries, and researchers at UW-Madison are hoping some sound, evidence-based science will lend it more Western credibility […]

Are you as mindful as a 5th grader?

Origami projects by Matthew Ward, 35, are pictured as Matthew and his mother, Nancy Ward, talk with a reporter at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Nov. 6, 2013. Both participated in a Waisman Center-led support group for families of children who have autism. The six-week program, Transitioning Together, assists families as their children transition from high school into adulthood. Matt, one of first children in the Waisman Center preschool program, went on to become an alumnus of UW-Madison. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)
It’s not so easy to tell a young child with autism from a young child without, yet, many kids are examined for signs of the developmental disorder in short, 10 minute doctor’s appointments. A new study out this month in the journal Pediatrics looks at the effectiveness of short clinical […]

An autism diagnosis is not so simple