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Want to work from home? JE0662 for all ages Education An 11-year-old ACG Parnell College student has had the once-in-a -lifetime opportunity of playing alongside world-acclaimed pianist Lang Lang. Ashani Waidyatillake, from Dannemora, gained first place for the junior class in the recent 2016 New Zealand Youth Piano Com- petition. This won her the opportunity to play a duet alongside the piano virtuoso in his one- night-only recital at the Civic Theatre in Auck- land. The Year 8 student also won a piano master class with Lang Lang. Ashani started to play the piano when she was three years old. Since then, her many accolades include winning the IRMT NZ piano scholarship in 2015, a high distinction in her Grade 8 ABRSM piano exam, and count- less wins in regional and national piano compe- titions. Lang Lang is a classical music prodigy who has achieved rock-star status in the music world. Ashani said the best thing about playing alongside her hero was feeling the transforma- tive power of music. “Lang Lang has been my idol since I was five years old, as whenever I lis- tened to his music, I could always see the story in my mind.” In New Zealand one child in every 100 is diag- nosed with a condition on the autism spectrum. It can be a stressful time for families coping with the reality of this diagnosis. For parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) making sure children have the right nutrition is a daily chal- lenge. Now researchers at Massey University’s School of Food and Nutrition are investigating if omega-3 and vitamin D can help improve the quality of life for these families, particularly in Howick and Pakuranga. Principal investigator Dr Pamela von Hurst says this is new world-leading research that these New Zealand families can participate in. “The Vitamin D and Omega-3 in Autism (VIDOMA) study will investigate the effect of supplementing vitamin D and omega-3 in 200 children aged two and a half to eight years who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum dis- order. “This is a very new area of research, and we are hoping that families in the Howick and Pak- uranga area will be willing to sign up and partici- pate. Both vitamin D and Omega-3 are known to play a number of roles in brain development, learning, memory and behaviour. We want to find out if supplementing these important nutri- ents can help reduce the severity of the condi- tion, improve the developmental and cognitive profile of these children, and improve the qual- ity of life for these families,” says Dr von Hurst. Internationally, the prevalence of autism appears to be increas- ing, but the cause is unknown, and there is no cure. The research team includes a psycholo- gist, a paediatrician from the Waitemata District Health Board, and staff from the School of Food and Nutrition. The study manager and first point of contact is Mr Owen Mugridge. How does it work? The study will take place over a 12 month period, with children randomly allocated to vitamin D, omega-3, a combina- tion of both, or a placebo which they will take continuously over that period. Children will attend five appointments across the 12 month period at either Massey University’s Auckland campus, North Shore or Waitakere Hospitals. Three blood tests will be taken across the year and analysed. All information collected will be kept strictly confidential. The study has been reviewed and approved by the Health and Disability Ethics Committee: 14/NTA/113. For more information on the study, log on to: www.massey.ac.nz/vidoma Nutrition could help autism Researchers are finding out if omega-3 and vitamin D can help local autistic children Pianist, 11, duets with piano virtuoso Lang Lang ■■ Local girl Ashani Waidyatillake with Chenxiao Chen, first place winner of 16-20 years category, and world-acclaimed pianist Lang Lang.
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