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Socially-assistive robots help kids with autism learn by providing personalized prompts

Photo: Representation of the 'copycat game' interaction between the child and the Nao robot [29/08/2014] A team of researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering shares results from a pilot study on the effects of using humanoid robots to help children with autism practice imitation behavior in order to encourage their autonomy.Socially-assistive robots help kids with autism learn by providing personalized prompts - Read more

App helps people with autism communicate

Sometimes people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a hard time expressing how they feel and putting their emotions into words. This can be a problem, especially if they find themselves in difficult situations such as an illness for example. One mother of an autistic boy no longer wanted to be helpless in this kind of situation and became an app developer virtually overnight.App helps people with autism communicate - Read more

Mothers of children with autism benefit from peer-led intervention

Photo: Woman encouraging another woman [23/07/2014] Peer-led interventions that target parental well-being can significantly reduce stress, depression and anxiety in mothers of children with disabilities, according to new findings.Mothers of children with autism benefit from peer-led intervention - Read more

Pediatric autism study conducted entirely online

Photo: Internet browser search [16/07/2014] University of California San Francisco (UCSF) researchers have completed the first Internet-based clinical trial for children with autism, establishing it as a viable and cost effective method of conducting high-quality and rapid clinical trials in this population.Pediatric autism study conducted entirely online - Read more

Youth with autism spectrum disorder need better health care transition services

Photo: Teenager at the doctor [11/07/2014] As of 2014, approximately one out of every 68 children born has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Historically, less than one in four youth with ASD successfully transitions into a fully independent adult. Youth with autism spectrum disorder need better health care transition services - Read more

Autistic adults and their real-world driving experiences

Photo: Woman driving a car [30/06/2014] In the first pilot study asking adults on the autism spectrum about their experiences with driving, researchers at Drexel University found significant differences in self-reported driving behaviors and perceptions of driving ability in comparison to non-autistic adults.Autistic adults and their real-world driving experiences - Read more

Awareness month spurs web searches for autism

Photo: Yellow post it note saying: Autism Awareness Day [30/06/2014] Autism Awareness Month each April brings blue lights and puzzle shapes out to shine in many communities – but does it actually lead to increased autism awareness? According to a new analysis of web search trends by researchers at Drexel University, it does appear to drive an increase in Google searches for autism – by a third over searches in March in recent years.Awareness month spurs web searches for autism - Read more

Families with an autistic child are a third less likely to have more kids

Photo: Parents playing with their daughter [23/06/2014] Parents who have a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are about one third less likely to have more children than families without an affected child, according to a study led by a UC San Francisco researcher.Families with an autistic child are a third less likely to have more kids - Read more

Autism spectrum disorder: Lifetime costs may reach $2.4 million per patient

Photo: Hand underlining the word [18/06/2014] Costs for a lifetime of support for each individual with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may reach $2.4 million, according to a new study from researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.Autism spectrum disorder: Lifetime costs may reach $2.4 million per patient - Read more

Engineers design systems to help children with special needs

Photo: Glove with sensors [11/06/2014] A group of Kansas State University engineers and students have developed technology to improve the health and quality of life for children with severe developmental disabilities.Engineers design systems to help children with special needs - Read more

 
 

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