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Photos Capture Challenges for Teens with Autism, Show Animals as Resource

New research finds Photovoice method is helpful for youth with autism to express concerns and stress as they transition to adulthood.

July 27, 2016

An estimated 50,000 American adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will turn 18 each year. Past research has indicated that the transition from school to adulthood presents significant challenges to youth with ASD, however, gathering firsthand accounts of these challenges has been limited due to youth’s limited participation in research. Now, new studies from the University of Missouri, found that through use of photographs, adolescents with ASD were able to share their accounts of difficulties transitioning out of school, their struggles with socialization and how they use animals as a source of companionship.  Full Story
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New Model is First to Predict Tree Growth in Earliest Stages of Tree Life

Model can help forest managers better maintain forests by predicting which trees will survive

July 26, 2016

Land managers, forestry professionals and conservationists seek to predict how trees will grow so they can better manage existing forests and regrow forests after logging operations. Previous tree growth models can reasonably predict how trees grow once they are about 20 years old and achieve “crown closure” with the trees in the forest around them. Crown closure occurs when trees in a specific area grow wide and tall enough that their canopies connect. Now, University of Missouri researchers have created a new statistical model that accurately predicts tree growth from when they are first planted until they reach crown closure.  Full Story
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