Friday, August 30, 2013

We Are In Our New Home!

Happy Friday everyone!!! I'm here with all of my friends at Unicorn Children's Foundation in our new home! Update your address books:

21100 Ruth & Baron Coleman Blvd,Suite 250Boca Raton, Florida 33428

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Unicorn Village Academy Featured on WPTV Newschannel 5

The students of Unicorn Village Academy were highlighted in yesterday's amazing piece on WPTV Newschannel 5. Watch as parent and Unicorn Village Academy's Administrative Assistant, Carol Nigro, expresses her joy and appreciation for this unique school as her son, Matthew, comes out of his shell.

Click here to watch the story.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Thank You!!

We would like to thank everyone who came out last night to Blue Martini Boca Raton for making Raise Awareness, Raise a Glass such a BIG success! We would especially like to thank our Event Chair, Nicole Flier, and our sponsors United CapitalBlue Martini, Boca Raton Florida and Eye On South Florida for all of their generous support! Thank you to Sunshine State Health Plan for being the ultimate VIP supporter! Last but certainly not least, thank you to Gregory's Fine Jewelry for the beautiful earrings and Wines for Humanity In Home Wine Tastings for the Wine Tasting Experience. Together, we all make a difference!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Time is Running Out!

Time is running out to secure your tickets in advance for Raise Awareness, Raise a Glass at Blue Martini Boca Raton for THIS Thursday, August 22nd! 


Lighting, seating, paint key in welcoming autistic students to new school | Education - WPBF Home

Unicorn Village Academy is a custom-designed school to fit every student's needs. Check out this great footage from WPBF 25 News of the school's president, Lori Cabrera, demonstrating the unique chairs.

Lighting, seating, paint key in welcoming autistic students to new school | Education - WPBF Home

Unicorn Village Academy Drum Circle

Check out the students of Unicorn Village Academy in a drum circle on their first day of school yesterday in music class!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Unicorn Children's Foundation is Moving!!

Unicorn Children's Foundation is moving today!!!! The nameless Unicorn is sadder than ever.

Sharon's office is ready to go!

"I'll help you move those heavy boxes!"

Moving a big, heavy bookcase is hard work!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Induced Labor Linked to Higher Autism Risk

Published: Aug 12, 2013

The odds of autism increased significantly in children whose mothers gave birth with induced or augmented labor, a study of more than 600,000 births showed.
Overall, the likelihood of autism increased by 23% in association with induced or augmented labor as compared with children whose mothers had unassisted labor, Simon G. Gregory, PhD, of Duke University, and colleagues reported inJAMA Pediatrics.
Induction only, augmentation only, or the combination all were associated with significantly increased odds of autism. The magnitude of increased risk was similar to that associated with fetal distress, meconium, prematurity, and maternal diabetes, they said.
"While these results are interesting, further investigation is needed to differentiate among potential explanations of the association including underlying pregnancy conditions requiring the eventual need to induce/augment, the events of labor and delivery associated with induction/augmentation, and the specific treatments and dosing used to induce/augment labor," the authors concluded.
Autism has a prevalence of about 1.1% among children in the U.S. Etiology remains unknown, but most studies have focused on genetic predisposition. Some of the same studies, however, have yielded discordant results suggesting a potential contribution of environmental factors toward dysregulation of developmental processes, the authors noted.
recent study of twins provided evidence that environmental factors may influence susceptibility to autism during prenatal and early postnatal development. Within that time frame, one potential contributor is labor induction or augmentation.
To investigate the role of induced or assisted labor in autism, Gregory and colleagues analyzed data from the North Carolina Education Research Data Center, which maintains records on all children in North Carolina public schools, including a designation for autism.
The study included birth records of children born during 1990 to 1998 linked to educational data from the school years 1997-1998 and 2007-2008. Using designators employed by the North Carolina Detailed Birth Record, investigators separated births into four classifications: no labor induction or augmentation, labor induction only, augmentation only, or both induction and augmentation.
The final analysis included 625,042 live births, including 5,648 children with a designation for autism. Statistical analyses included a variety of covariates within the categories of events of labor and delivery, mode of delivery, maternal medical conditions, and birth outcome status.
Consistent with the known sex distribution of autism, boys accounted for three-fourths of the cases. Induced/augmented labor occurred more often in association with autism in both sexes. Children with autism also had higher rates of fetal distress or meconium.
The results showed a consistent pattern of increased odds for autism among children whose mothers had induced or augmented labor:
  • Induced/augmented versus none: odds ratio 1.23 (95% CI 1.02-1.47)
  • Induced only: OR 1.10 (95% CI 1.01-1.19)
  • Augmented only: OR 1.15 (95% CI 1.07-1.24)
  • Induction and augmentation: OR 1.27 (95% CI 1.05-1.52)
Compared with girls, boys exhibited increased odds of autism diagnosis (OR 3.04, 95% CI 2.86-3.24).
Other factors associated with increased odds of an autism diagnosis were fetal distress (OR 1.25, 95% CI 1.15-1.36), meconium (OR 1.22, 95% CI 1.11-1.34), birth ≤34 weeks (OR 1.25, 95% CI 1.11-1.41), and maternal diabetes (OR 1.23, 95% CI 1.07-1.41).
Non-Hispanic black race/ethnicity, older maternal age, higher maternal education, and first born in birth order also increased the odds of an autism diagnosis. Mode of delivery (vaginal versus cesarean) did not affect the odds.
Given the documented benefits of labor induction and augmentation and lack of understanding about the nature of the association with autism, the authors emphasized that the results "are not sufficient to suggest altering the standard of care regarding induction or augmentation; our results do suggest that additional research is warranted."
"We haven't established cause and effect," Gregory told MedPage Today. "We know that there are circumstances surrounding birth which have resulted in an elevated risk in autism, but we can't establish that it's the induction or augmentation process itself. It could be maternal health, it could be fetal health, or it could be the induction or augmentation process itself. We haven't made that link yet."
Despite the study's large, diverse, modern population sample, the need for more research is clear, said Susan Hyman, MD, of the University of Rochester in New York.
"I would urge families to have open lines of communication with their healthcare provider so they can discuss indications for induction," Hyman told MedPage Today. "However, the literature regarding the improvements in neonatal morbidity and mortality cannot be forgotten."
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends general developmental screening that includes autism-specific screening of children at 18 and 24 months and ongoing surveillance for all children, irrespective of labor induction or augmentation, she added.
The study was supported by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The authors reported no conflicts of interest.

Let's Celebrate!

Unicorn Children's Foundation is moving, Unicorn Village Academy is opening, and it's time to celebrate! Come out to Blue Martini Boca Raton next Thursday, August 22nd to join us in raising a glass for the awareness of Neurodiversity. Bring a friend, and let's have some fun!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Back to School Tips for Families of Children with Special Needs

A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! This list was created to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, and to help make the transition into a new school year a little easier.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Make a Difference for Children and Young Adults at Blue Martini

Make a Difference for Children and Young Adults at Blue Martini Boca Raton

10 Days Until Unicorn Village Academy Opens Its Doors!

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It is classroom setup day at Unicorn Village Academy. Teachers have arrived.

First Unicorn Village Academy staff meeting in the conference room.

Computer lab at Unicorn Village Academy. Thanks JA World for donating the computer workstations and chairs.

Conference room at Unicorn Children's Foundation and Unicorn Village Academy new location. Thanks JA World for the chair donation. Now, all we need is a conference table.

Monday, August 5, 2013

South Florida's Young Leaders in Philanthropy 2013

Simply The Best Magazine, Max Tucci, and Sarah Hassan invite you to honor South Florida's Young Leaders in Philanthropy 2013.


With a Special Appreciation Award Given by: Unicorn Children's Foundation

Suggested $25 Donation At The Door Benefitting Unicorn Children’s Foundation

Live Coverage by: Eye On South Florida

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Eye on South Florida Announced as Media Partner!

We are thrilled to have Eye On South Florida as our Media Partner! Keep an eye out for them at our upcoming events and "Like" them on Facebook for continuing coverage. Check out their fabulous video from Buddha Ball!

Read more here.