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Children with autism are more sedentary than their peers

Photo: Boy with autism sitting and drawing [29/09/2014] A new Oregon State University (OSU) study of children with autism found that they are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day sitting.Children with autism are more sedentary than their peers - Read more

A link between Jacobsen syndrome and autism

Photo: Chromosomes [24/09/2014] A rare genetic disorder known as Jacobsen syndrome has been linked with autism, according to a recent joint investigation by researchers at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In addition to suggesting better treatment options for people with Jacobsen syndrome, the finding also offers more clues into the genetic underpinnings of autism.A link between Jacobsen syndrome and autism - Read more

New clinical trial for children with autism to target parents

Photo: Father talking to his son [15/09/2014] In a first of its kind clinical trial, Debra Zand and her team at Saint Louis University, will run an intervention program to help parents address and manage their children's challenging behaviors immediately after being diagnosed with autism.New clinical trial for children with autism to target parents - Read more

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

Automated video analysis to identify children on the autism spectrum earlier

Photo: Three children with toys [26/05/2014] Most schools across the United States provide simple vision tests to their students – not to prescribe glasses, but to identify potential problems and recommend a trip to the optometrist. Researchers are now on the cusp of providing the same kind of service for autism.Automated video analysis to identify children on the autism spectrum earlier - Read more

Genes Altered in Schizophrenia, Autism, Intellectual Disability

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Photo: Genes [07/05/2014] A multinational team of scientists presents new evidence supporting the theory that in at least some cases of schizophrenia, autism and intellectual disability (ID), malfunctions in some of the same genes are contributing to pathology.Genes Altered in Schizophrenia, Autism, Intellectual Disability - Read more

Landscape Architect Designs Toolkit to Make Cities Inclusive of Adults with Autism

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Photo: Public station [02/05/2014] Kansas State University landscape architecture student Elizabeth Decker has a goal for her master's research: help professionals create urban environments that are inclusive of her younger brother, Marc. Marc has autism and will soon reach adulthood.Landscape Architect Designs Toolkit to Make Cities Inclusive of Adults with Autism - Read more

Motor Skill Deficiencies Linked to Autism Severity

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[30/04/2014] An Oregon State University researcher has found a relationship between motor skill deficiencies and the severity of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in very young children. Motor Skill Deficiencies Linked to Autism Severity - Read more

Dog Ownership Benefits Families of Children with Autism

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Photo: Little girl pets a little dog [16/04/2014] A University of Missouri researcher has studied dog ownership decisions in families of children with autism and found, regardless of whether they owned dogs, the parents reported the benefits of dog ownership included companionship, stress relief and opportunities for their children to learn responsibility.Dog Ownership Benefits Families of Children with Autism - Read more

Academic Skills Are Essential for High School Graduates with Autism

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Photo: Hand underlining the word [02/04/2014] Scientists at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) report that high school students with autism can learn under Common Core State Standards (CCSS), boosting their prospects for college and employment. Newly published recommendations from FPG's team also provide strategies for educating adolescents with autism under a CCSS curriculum.Academic Skills Are Essential for High School Graduates with Autism - Read more

Developing Tactile-Friendly Learning Devices for Children with Autism

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Photo: Kids with a tablet [26/03/2014] New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and WebTeam Corporation, a New Jersey-based IT company, have signed an agreement to collaboratively design and develop a customizable learning device that will help children with autism spectrum disorder master a range of skills-building lessons contained in the device's embedded educational software.Developing Tactile-Friendly Learning Devices for Children with Autism - Read more

Hope after High School for Students with Autism

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Photo: Students [17/03/2014] Teachers and other professionals in the schools work hard to achieve beneficial results for students with autism, but positive outcomes remain elusive. An innovative program from UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and 6 partner universities is preparing students with autism for life after high school.Hope after High School for Students with Autism - Read more

Helping Young Adults with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

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[19/02/2014] The team led by Eric Racine and Emily Bell, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréals (IRCM) neuroethics experts, identified important challenges in the transition from paediatric to adult health care, especially among youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities (such as autism spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and cerebral palsy).Helping Young Adults with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities - Read more

Research Backs More Strategies for Children with Autism

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[03/02/2014] The National Professional Development Center (NPDC) on Autism Spectrum Disorders has released its much-anticipated update on evidence-based practices for children and youth with autism.Research Backs More Strategies for Children with Autism - Read more

Air Pollution and Genetics Combine to Increase Risk for Autism

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Photo: Word [09/12/2013] Exposure to air pollution appears to increase the risk for autism among people who carry a genetic disposition for the neurodevelopmental disorder, according to newly published research led by scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC).Air Pollution and Genetics Combine to Increase Risk for Autism - Read more

Screen-Based Media May Contribute to Sleep Problems in Boys with Autism

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Photo: Boy with laptop in bed [25/11/2013] Having bedroom access to television, computers or video games is linked to less sleep in boys with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a team of University of Missouri (MU) researchers found.Screen-Based Media May Contribute to Sleep Problems in Boys with Autism - Read more

CHICA System Improves Autism Screening Rate

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[18/11/2013] An automated system developed by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University to help pediatricians focus on the specific health needs of each patient in the short time allotted for preventive care improves autism screening rates by identifying at-risk children at the 24-month visit. Nationwide children typically are not diagnosed with autism until age 4½ or 5 years.CHICA System Improves Autism Screening Rate - Read more

Book and App Help Teens with Autism Make Friends

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Photo: Teenage girl talking to another girl [15/11/2013] Socially challenged teens and young adults, such as those with autism, often have trouble making and keeping friends and can become easy targets for bullying, a situation that challenges their coping skills.Book and App Help Teens with Autism Make Friends - Read more

Earliest Marker for Autism Found in Young Infants

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Photo: Mother and baby looking at each other [11/11/2013] Eye contact during early infancy may be a key to early identification of autism, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study reveals the earliest sign of developing autism ever observed – a steady decline in attention to others' eyes within the first two to six months of life.Earliest Marker for Autism Found in Young Infants - Read more

Autistic People and their Careers: More than just IT

In Germany, only five percent of the people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) work on the regular job market although they have many skills which can be deployed differently.Autistic People and their Careers: More than just IT - Read more

Autism and Language Impairment Genetically Linked

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[30/10/2013] Rutgers University scientists find strong evidence of a genetic connection in areas of social skills and repetitive behaviors.Autism and Language Impairment Genetically Linked - Read more

Video Could Transform How Schools Serve Teens with Autism

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Photo: Teens in front of a laptop [21/10/2013] Video-based teaching helps teens with autism learn important social skills, and the method eventually could be used widely by schools with limited resources, a Michigan State University (MSU) researcher says.Video Could Transform How Schools Serve Teens with Autism - Read more

Autistic Children with Better Motor Skills more Adept at Socializing

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Photo: Toddler playing [13/09/2013] In a new study looking at toddlers and preschoolers with autism, researchers found that children with better motor skills were more adept at socializing and communicating.Autistic Children with Better Motor Skills more Adept at Socializing - Read more

Autistic Children Can Outgrow Difficulty Understanding Visual Cues and Sounds

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[04/09/2013] Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have shown that high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) children appear to outgrow a critical social communication disability. Younger children with ASD have trouble integrating the auditory and visual cues associated with speech, but the researchers found that the problem clears up in adolescence.Autistic Children Can Outgrow Difficulty Understanding Visual Cues and Sounds - Read more

UK Children Less Likely to Be Diagnosed with ADHD

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[02/09/2013] New research suggests that children are far less likely to be diagnosed with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the UK than they are in the USA. However, the same study, led by the University of Exeter Medical School, suggests that autism diagnosis is still rising.UK Children Less Likely to Be Diagnosed with ADHD - Read more

Understanding Problem-Solving Abilities of Autistic Kids

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Photo: Boy at the chalk board [19/08/2013] Children with autism and average IQs consistently demonstrated superior math skills compared with nonautistic children in the same IQ range, according to a study.Understanding Problem-Solving Abilities of Autistic Kids - Read more

Training Program Meets 'Critical Need' for Earlier Autism Identification

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[12/08/2013] A Vanderbilt research program that trains community pediatricians to diagnose autism within their individual practices may lead to more effective treatment of the disorder that now affects an estimated one in 88 children.Training Program Meets 'Critical Need' for Earlier Autism Identification - Read more

Autism Symptoms Not Explained by Impaired Attention

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Photo: Young boy [02/08/2013] Though researchers have attempted to pinpoint factors that might account for several core features of autism, the underlying causes are still unclear.Autism Symptoms Not Explained by Impaired Attention - Read more

Young Children with Autism Benefit Regardless of High-Quality Treatment Model

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[24/07/2013] Researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill have found that preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who receive high-quality early intervention benefit developmentally regardless of the treatment model used.Young Children with Autism Benefit Regardless of High-Quality Treatment Model - Read more

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Usage of Specialty Services for Children with Autism

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[08/07/2013] A new study found that African-American or Hispanic children diagnosed with autism were significantly less likely than white children to have received subspecialty care or procedures related to conditions that often accompany autism spectrum disorders.Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Usage of Specialty Services for Children with Autism - Read more

Children With Delayed Motor Skills Struggle More Socially

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Junge auf Fahrrad [03/07/2013] Studies have shown that children with autism often struggle socially and now new research suggests that a corresponding lack of motor skills – including catching and throwing – may further contribute to that social awkwardness.Children With Delayed Motor Skills Struggle More Socially - Read more

Researchers Successfully Treat Autism in Infants

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Mother and Baby playing [01/07/2013] For infants with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), however, the game can be distressing rather than pleasant, and they'll do their best to tune out all aspects of it – and that includes the people playing with them.Researchers Successfully Treat Autism in Infants - Read more

Autism: Bigger Risk Due to High Air Pollution During Pregnancy

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Photo: Pregnant women on a meadow [21/06/2013] Women in the United States exposed to high levels of air pollution while pregnant were up to twice as likely to have a child with autism as women who lived in areas with low pollution.Autism: Bigger Risk Due to High Air Pollution During Pregnancy - Read more

Nearly One-Third of Children with Autism also Have ADHD

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Photo: Smiling children [10/06/2013] Researchers found that nearly one-third of children with ASD also have clinically significant ADHD symptoms. Nearly One-Third of Children with Autism also Have ADHD - Read more

Enrichment Therapy Effective among Children with Autism

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[03/06/2013] Children with autism showed significant improvement after six months of simple sensory exercises at home using everyday items such as scents, spoons and sponges, according to UC Irvine neurobiologists.Enrichment Therapy Effective among Children with Autism - Read more

Bigger Birth Weight Babies at Greater Risk of Autism

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[15/05/2013] The biggest study of fetal growth and autism ever has reported that babies whose growth is at either extreme in the womb, either very large or very small, are at greater risk of developing autism.Bigger Birth Weight Babies at Greater Risk of Autism - Read more

Autism: Kids More Likely to Become Preoccupied with Video Games

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Photo: Child playing a video game [02/05/2013] Children and teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) use screen-based media, such as television and video games, more often than their typically developing peers and are more likely to develop problematic video game habits, a University of Missouri researcher found.Autism: Kids More Likely to Become Preoccupied with Video Games - Read more

Learning Disabilities Affect up to 10 Percent of Children

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[24/04/2013] Up to 10 per cent of the population are affected by specific learning disabilities (SLDs), such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and autism, translating to 2 or 3 pupils in every classroom according to a new study.Learning Disabilities Affect up to 10 Percent of Children - Read more

Autistic Children: Risk for Feeding Problems and Nutritional Deficits

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Photo: Child refuses food [17/04/2013] A new, comprehensive analysis of feeding behavior in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) indicates that these children are five times more likely to have a feeding problem, including extreme tantrums during meals, severe food selectivity and ritualistic mealtime behaviors. Autistic Children: Risk for Feeding Problems and Nutritional Deficits - Read more

Autism: Age at Diagnosis Depends on Specific Symptoms

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[10/04/2013] The age at which a child with autism is diagnosed is related to the particular suite of behavioral symptoms he or she exhibits, new research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison shows. Autism: Age at Diagnosis Depends on Specific Symptoms - Read more

April 2013: Diagnosis Autism

Autistic people live in their own world and do not have any feelings – There are many prejudices like this about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is especially the media who shape societies imagination about this development disorder. How many facets ASD indeed has to offer, and how a mother experiences everyday life with her autistic son, you will get to know in our Topic of the Month April.April 2013: Diagnosis Autism - Read more

Autism: Many Facets, too Many Clichés

Infantile, atypical or Asperger – for a long time, those have been the common downgrades of autism. But now, a new understanding of the congenital development disorder has established itself: Because no autistic person resembles the other and every one of them shows symptoms of a different strength, experts now rather talk about the autism spectrum disorder (ASD).Autism: Many Facets, too Many Clichés - Read more

How Autism Changed a Family

All at once the diagnosis Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) changes the life of a whole family. Nothing is the way it used to be or how the parents dreamed of. But soon they realize: There are also many beautiful sides of the new life. A mother narrates.How Autism Changed a Family - Read more

Humanoid Robot Helps Train Children with Autism

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Photo: Boy and robot [22/03/2013] Researchers report that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) paid more attention to a humanoid robot and followed its instructions almost as well as they did those of a human therapist in standard exercises used to develop joint attention skill. Humanoid Robot Helps Train Children with Autism - Read more

Ultrasound Reveals Autism Risk at Birth

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[27/02/2013] Low-birth-weight babies with a particular brain abnormality are at greater risk for autism, according to a new study that could provide doctors a signpost for early detection of the still poorly understood disorder.Ultrasound Reveals Autism Risk at Birth - Read more

Autism Severity May Stem from Fear

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[04/01/2013] Most people know when to be afraid and when it's ok to calm down. But new research on autism shows that children with the diagnosis struggle to let go of old, outdated fears. Autism Severity May Stem from Fear - Read more

Communication Benefits for Grandparents of Grandkids with ASD

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Photo: Instructor helps student; linked to [02/01/2013] For three years, University of Utah researchers have been deploying a computer-based design program called SketchUp in workshops to teach and develop life skills for youth on the autism spectrum.Communication Benefits for Grandparents of Grandkids with ASD - Read more

Mobile App Helps Improve Language and Social Skills

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Photo: Picaa screenshot; linked to [14/12/2012] Researchers have developed a cell phone that can be downloaded free and improves basic competences (maths, language, knowledge of the environment, autonomy and social skills) in children with autism-related disorders or Down’s Syndrome. Mobile App Helps Improve Language and Social Skills - Read more

Significant Shortcomings in Health Care of Autistic Adults

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[12/12/2012] Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have found that adults with autism, who represent about 1 percent of the adult population in the United States, report significantly worse health care experiences than their non-autistic counterparts.Significant Shortcomings in Health Care of Autistic Adults - Read more

Technology in the Classroom Helps Autistic Children Communicate

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Photo: Boy in front of a screen; linked to [10/12/2012] The use of technology in the classroom is nothing new, but a school is breaking new ground by using technology to help pupils with autism communicate more effectively.Technology in the Classroom Helps Autistic Children Communicate - Read more

Cry Acoustics to Determine Risk for Autism

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[03/12/2012] Autism is a poorly understood family of related conditions. People with autism generally lack normal social interaction skills and engage in a variety of unusual and often characteristic behaviors, such as repetitive movements. While there is no specific medical treatment for autism, some success has been shown with early behavioral intervention. Cry Acoustics to Determine Risk for Autism - Read more

At Six Month Children with and without Autism Develop the Same

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Photo: Playing children; linked to [26/11/2012] The development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is much like that of children without ASD at 6 months of age, but differs afterwards. At Six Month Children with and without Autism Develop the Same - Read more

Link Found Between Child Prodigies and Autism

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[19/11/2012] A new study of eight child prodigies suggests a possible link between these children's special skills and autism.Link Found Between Child Prodigies and Autism - Read more

Early Treatment Sparks Striking Brain Changes in Autism

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Photo: Lonely child sitting on the ground; linked to [16/11/2012] When given early treatment, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) made significant improvements in behavior, communication, and most strikingly, brain function, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in a new study. Early Treatment Sparks Striking Brain Changes in Autism - Read more

Early Autism Intervention Improves Brain Responses to Social Cues

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Photo: Child watching photo; linked to [09/11/2012] An autism intervention program that emphasizes social interactions improves cognitive skills and brain responses to faces, considered a building block for social skills.Early Autism Intervention Improves Brain Responses to Social Cues - Read more

Impact of Autism May Be Different in Men and Women

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[22/10/2012] Men and women with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) may show subtle but significant differences in the cognitive functions impacted by the condition, according to new research from the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, UK.Impact of Autism May Be Different in Men and Women - Read more

Baby Communication Gives Clues to Autism

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[15/10/2012] Approximately 19 percent of children with a sibling diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will develop Autism due to shared genetic and environmental vulnerabilities, according to previous studies.Baby Communication Gives Clues to Autism - Read more

Dramatically Effective Against Strokes

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[24/09/2012] Every two minutes someone in Germany suffers a stroke, yet there are hardly any effective treatments. Scientists from the University of Würzburg are now pursuing a new approach: inhibiting a blood protein seems to mitigate the negative consequences of strokes quite dramatically.Dramatically Effective Against Strokes - Read more

Tablet App Revolutionizing Therapy for Autistic Children

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[17/09/2012] Australian researchers have harnessed tablet technology to develop an app that is set to revolutionize the way parents around the world provide in-home therapy for their autistic children.Tablet App Revolutionizing Therapy for Autistic Children - Read more

Autism: Diagnosis Often Missed for Hispanic Children

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[07/09/2012] Hispanic children often have undiagnosed developmental delays and large numbers of both Hispanic and non-Hispanic children who first were thought to have developmental delay actually had autism, researchers affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found.Autism: Diagnosis Often Missed for Hispanic Children - Read more

Autism: Little Evidence Supports Treatment Options in Adolescents

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[29/08/2012] Vanderbilt University researchers studying interventions for adolescents and young adults with autism are reporting today that there is insufficient evidence to support findings, good or bad, for the therapies currently used.Autism: Little Evidence Supports Treatment Options in Adolescents - Read more

Children with Autism Bullied Three Times More

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[15/08/2012] The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) of the Kennedy Krieger Institute reports preliminary results of the first national survey to examine the impact of bullying on children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).Children with Autism Bullied Three Times More - Read more

Autism: Families Struggling with Health-Care Needs

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[18/07/2012] While the causes of autism continue to be debated and bandied about, real families who have children with autism spectrum disorders are left to struggle with expensive health care needs. These costs can be devastating - but they can also be markedly different.Autism: Families Struggling with Health-Care Needs - Read more

Questionnaire Completed by Parents May Help Identify 1-Year-Olds at Risk for Autism

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[16/07/2012] A new study by University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers found that 31 per cent of children identified as at risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at 12 months received a confirmed diagnosis of ASD by age 3 years.Questionnaire Completed by Parents May Help Identify 1-Year-Olds at Risk for Autism - Read more

Brain Scans Detect Early Signs of Autism

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[11/07/2012] A new study shows significant differences in brain development in high-risk infants who develop autism starting as early as age 6 months. The findings reveal that this abnormal brain development may be detected before the appearance of autism symptoms in an infant's first year of life. Autism is typically diagnosed around the age of 2 or 3.Brain Scans Detect Early Signs of Autism - Read more

Health-care Disparities For Children with Autism

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[13/06/2012] University of Missouri researchers compared costs and types of services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to costs and services for children with other conditions like asthma or diabetes.Health-care Disparities For Children with Autism - Read more

Autism: Impact of New Diagnostic Criteria

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[30/05/2012] Getting an autism diagnosis could be more difficult in 2013 when a revised diagnostic definition goes into effect. The proposed changes may affect the proportion of individuals who qualify for a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, according to a study by Yale Child Study Centre researchers.Autism: Impact of New Diagnostic Criteria - Read more

Schoolyard for Children with Autism

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[21/05/2012] Chelsey King of the Kansas State University is working with Katie Kingery-Page to envision a place where elementary school children with autism could feel comfortable and included.Schoolyard for Children with Autism - Read more

Smoking During Pregnancy and Autism

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[30/04/2012] Women who smoke in pregnancy may be more likely to have a child with high-functioning autism, such as Asperger’s Disorder, according to a study.Smoking During Pregnancy and Autism - Read more

Autistic Children Born Preterm Have More Severe Symptoms

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[25/04/2012] For children with autism, being born several weeks early or several weeks late tends to increase the severity of their symptoms, according to new research out of Michigan State University (MSU).Autistic Children Born Preterm Have More Severe Symptoms - Read more

Web-based Tool Produces Accurate Autism Diagnosis

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[16/04/2012] The process of diagnosing autism is complex, subjective, and often limited to only a segment of the population in need. Dennis Wall of the Centre for Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School has been working to address this problem.Web-based Tool Produces Accurate Autism Diagnosis - Read more

Depression Common Among Young Adults with Asperger Syndrome

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[26/03/2012] Given that almost 70 per cent of young adults with Asperger syndrome have suffered from depression, it is vital that psychiatric care staff are aware of this so that patients are given the right treatment, reveals research from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.Depression Common Among Young Adults with Asperger Syndrome - Read more

Autism: Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Diet May Help

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[14/03/2012] A gluten-free, casein-free diet may lead to improvements in behavior and physiological symptoms in some children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to researchers at Penn State.Autism: Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Diet May Help - Read more

ASD: Medication Plus Parent Training Effective in Treating Children

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[05/03/2012] Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who also have serious behavioural problems responded better to medication combined with training for their parents than to treatment with medication alone, according to Yale researchers and their colleagues.ASD: Medication Plus Parent Training Effective in Treating Children - Read more

African-American Children Tend to Be Diagnosed Later for Autism

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[17/02/2012] A study by a Florida State University researcher has found that African-American children tend to be diagnosed later than white children, which results in a longer and more intensive intervention.African-American Children Tend to Be Diagnosed Later for Autism - Read more

Adolescents with Autism Spend Free Time Using Screen-Based Media

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[10/02/2012] Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) tend to be fascinated by screen-based technology. A new study by a University of Missouri researcher found that adolescents with autism spend the majority of their free time using non-social media.Adolescents with Autism Spend Free Time Using Screen-Based Media - Read more

Autism Redefined: Impact of Proposed Diagnostic Criteria

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[08/02/2012] Getting an autism diagnosis could be more difficult in 2013 when a revised diagnostic definition goes into effect. The proposed changes may affect the proportion of individuals, according to preliminary data presented by Yale School of Medicine researchers.Autism Redefined: Impact of Proposed Diagnostic Criteria - Read more

Learning to “Talk Things Through in Your Head” May Help People with Autism

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[03/02/2012] Teaching children with autism to “talk things through in their head” may help them to solve complex day-to-day tasks, which could increase the chances of independent, flexible living later in life, according to new research.Learning to “Talk Things Through in Your Head” May Help People with Autism - Read more

Autistic Children Have Different Bacteria in the Gut

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[01/02/2012] Researchers of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University find that many children with autism harbour a type of bacteria in their guts that non-autistic children do not.Autistic Children Have Different Bacteria in the Gut - Read more

Google Seek Answers for Autism

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[20/01/2012] Researchers at the University of Utah have created a program that helps kids with autism focus on building their skills and utilising an aptitude for visual-spatial thinking, computers and other electronic media.Google Seek Answers for Autism - Read more

Animated Cartoon Helps Children with Autism

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[16/01/2012] Empathy can be taught to children with autism by watching a specially designed cartoon. This is the finding of research of the British Psychological Society (BPS).Animated Cartoon Helps Children with Autism - Read more

When Teens with Autism Want to Drive

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[11/01/2012] In a study to investigate driving as it relates to teens with a high-functioning autism disorder (HFASD), child development and teen driving experts found that two-thirds of teenagers with HFASD who are of legal driving age in their state are currently driving or plan to drive.When Teens with Autism Want to Drive - Read more

Autism Researchers Make Exciting Strides

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[09/01/2012] Teaching young children with autism to imitate others may improve a broader range of social skills, according to a new study by a Michigan State University scholar.Autism Researchers Make Exciting Strides - Read more

Training Peers Improves Social Outcomes for Kids with ASD

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[04/01/2012] According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, a shift away from more commonly used interventions that focus on training children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) directly may provide greater social benefits for children with ASD.Training Peers Improves Social Outcomes for Kids with ASD - Read more

Autism: Children Benefit from Early, Intensive Therapy

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[02/01/2012] Researchers of the University of Missouri found that children who receive more intensive therapy to combat social-communication impairments, especially at early ages, achieve the best outcomes. Autism: Children Benefit from Early, Intensive Therapy - Read more

Epilepsy in Children with ASD is Photosensitive

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[14/12/2011] Epilepsy is common in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A new study indicates their epilepsy is surprisingly photosensitive as well. Epilepsy in Children with ASD is Photosensitive - Read more

Diagnosis of Autism in Children with Down Syndrome Properly

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[28/11/2011] New findings from a study confirm that the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the gold-standard for the classification of mental health conditions, can be used to accurately identify autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children with Down syndrome, according to research from Kennedy Krieger Institute.Diagnosis of Autism in Children with Down Syndrome Properly - Read more

ADHD Symptoms Might Affect Quality of Life for Children with ASD

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[09/11/2011] Research supported by the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, demonstrates that symptoms of attention deficit and hyperactivity worsen quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).ADHD Symptoms Might Affect Quality of Life for Children with ASD - Read more

Transitioning Children with Autism to School

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[07/11/2011] A University of California, Riverside education professor has started recruiting children for a first-of-its-kind study that will assess how children with autism adapt to the early school years and identify predictors that will lead to a successful transition.Transitioning Children with Autism to School - Read more

Digital Worlds Can Help Autistic Children to Develop Social Skills

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[28/10/2011] The benefits of virtual worlds can be used to help autistic children develop social skills beyond their anticipated levels, suggest early findings from new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).Digital Worlds Can Help Autistic Children to Develop Social Skills - Read more

Facial Characteristics of Children with Autism

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[26/10/2011] The face and brain develop in coordination, with each influencing the other, beginning in the embryo and continuing through adolescence. Now, University of Missouri (MU) researchers have found distinct differences between the facial characteristics of children with autism compared to those of typically developing children. This knowledge could help researchers understand the origins of autism.Facial Characteristics of Children with Autism - Read more

Down Syndrome: Accuracy of Autism Diagnosis Validated

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[21/10/2011] New findings from a 16-year study confirm that the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the gold-standard for the classification of mental health conditions, can be used to accurately identify autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children with Down syndrome.Down Syndrome: Accuracy of Autism Diagnosis Validated - Read more

Low Birthweight Infants Have Five Times Rate of Autism

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[17/10/2011] Autism researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing have found a link between low birthweight and children diagnosed with autism, reporting premature infants are five times more likely to have autism than children born at normal weights.Low Birthweight Infants Have Five Times Rate of Autism - Read more

Autism Diagnosis in Children with Down Syndrome

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[07/10/2011] New findings from a 16-year study confirm that the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the gold-standard for the classification of mental health conditions, can be used to accurately identify autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children with Down syndrome, according to research from Kennedy Krieger Institute.Autism Diagnosis in Children with Down Syndrome - Read more

Household Income Level not Associated with Intellectual Disability

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[28/09/2011] New research shows that the presence or absence of intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) varies with risk factors such as gender, parental age, maternal ethnicity, and maternal level of education. Household Income Level not Associated with Intellectual Disability - Read more

Little Children: Poorer Movement Skills Show Risk of Autism

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[08/09/2011] Poorer movement skills detected as early as seven months old are observed in children at a higher risk of developing Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) than children in the general population. Little Children: Poorer Movement Skills Show Risk of Autism - Read more

Why Autistic Individuals Confuse Pronouns

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[08/08/2011] Autism is a mysterious developmental disease because it often leaves complex abilities intact while impairing seemingly elementary ones. For example, it is well documented that autistic children often have difficulty correctly using pronouns, sometimes referring to themselves as "you" instead of "I."Why Autistic Individuals Confuse Pronouns - Read more

ASD: Recovery Act-Funded Jobs Program Helps High School Grads

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[25/07/2011] Online resource fills knowledge gap identified through NIH Challenge Grant initiative JobTIPS, a free, Web-based program, aims to help youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other disabilities develop and maintain skills needed for successful employment.ASD: Recovery Act-Funded Jobs Program Helps High School Grads - Read more

Developing Touch Apps for Autism

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[11/07/2011] Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization, and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism have joined HP's "Hacking Autism" initiative, which seeks new ideas for touch technology applications beneficial to people with autism. Developing Touch Apps for Autism - Read more

Pregnancy and Birth Environment May Affect Development of Autism in Twins

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[06/07/2011] The California Autism Twins Study suggests environmental influences, which could include parental age, low birth weight, multiple births, and maternal infections during pregnancy may greatly increase risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).Pregnancy and Birth Environment May Affect Development of Autism in Twins - Read more

Increased Mortality Rate in People with Autism Who also Have Epilepsy

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[04/07/2011] Autism Speaks and Miami Children's Hospital examined co-morbidity of autism and epilepsy in brain donations and data to examine differences in mortality.Increased Mortality Rate in People with Autism Who also Have Epilepsy - Read more

Diagnosed Autism Is more Common in an IT-Rich Region

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[22/06/2011] A new study from Cambridge University has for the first time found that autism diagnoses are more common in an IT-rich region. The study has important implications for service provision in different regions and for the 'hyper-systemising' theory of autism.Diagnosed Autism Is more Common in an IT-Rich Region - Read more

Autism: Musical Computer Game Helps Children to Learn and Relax

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[03/06/2011] A musical computer game to help children with autism learn and relax has been unveiled to the public at the Abertay Digital Graduate Show.Autism: Musical Computer Game Helps Children to Learn and Relax - Read more

Two-Year-Old Children with Autism Have Enlarged Brains

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[30/05/2011] In 2005, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) found that 2-year-old children with autism have brains up to 10 percent larger than children of the same age without autism. Now a follow-up study brings new results.Two-Year-Old Children with Autism Have Enlarged Brains - Read more

Autism: The 1-Year Well-Baby Check-Up Approach

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[18/05/2011] A novel strategy developed by autism researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine shows promise as a simple way for physicians to detect cases of Autism Syndrome Disorder, language or developmental delays in babies at an early age. Autism: The 1-Year Well-Baby Check-Up Approach - Read more

Most Adults with Autism Go Undiagnosed

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[16/05/2011] Research led by the University of Leicester reveals that not a single person identified with autism or asperger's syndrome during a community survey in England actually knew they had the condition.Most Adults with Autism Go Undiagnosed - Read more

Prevalence of Autism in South Korea Estimated

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[11/05/2011] Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in South Korea affect an estimated 2.64 percent of the population of school-age children, equivalent to 1 in 38 children, according to the first comprehensive study of autism prevalence using a total population sample.Prevalence of Autism in South Korea Estimated - Read more

Five-Minute Screen Identifies Subtle Signs of Autism in One-Year Olds

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[02/05/2011] A five-minute checklist that parents can fill out in pediatrician waiting rooms may someday help in the early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study's design also provides a model for developing a network of pediatricians to adopt such a change to their practice.Five-Minute Screen Identifies Subtle Signs of Autism in One-Year Olds - Read more

Study: Why Do Autistic Children Wander and Bolt from Safe Places

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[29/04/2011] The Interactive Autism Network launched the first major survey to study the experience of wandering and elopement, or escaping, among individuals with autism spectrum disorders.Study: Why Do Autistic Children Wander and Bolt from Safe Places - Read more

Communications Challenges: New Mobile App Gives a Voice

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[11/04/2011] MyVoice, a mobile app and server system that operates on iPhone and Android devices, gives users with aphasia, autism, and other conditions that affect speech ability a voice by simply tapping words and pictures on a screen. Communications Challenges: New Mobile App Gives a Voice - Read more

Toddlers: Interest in Toys Predicts Effectiveness of Autism Treatment

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[30/03/2011] Toddlers who played with a limited number of toys showed more improvement in their communication skills following parent-guided treatment than those receiving other community-based treatments.Toddlers: Interest in Toys Predicts Effectiveness of Autism Treatment - Read more

Toddlers with Autism: Improved Social Skills Following Targeted Intervention

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[21/03/2011] Targeting the core social deficits of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in early intervention programs yielded sustained improvements in social and communication skills even in very young children who have ASD, according to a study.Toddlers with Autism: Improved Social Skills Following Targeted Intervention - Read more

Autism: 2011 Translational Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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[10/03/2011] Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization, announced the opening of the application process for its 2011 Translational Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Autism: 2011 Translational Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - Read more

Children with ASD Can Benefit from Interactive Computer Programme

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[09/03/2011] Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are better able to recognise faces, facial expressions and emotions with the help of an interactive computer programme, according to new research.Children with ASD Can Benefit from Interactive Computer Programme - Read more

Leisure Activities Improve Communication, Social Skills in Autistic Adults

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[04/03/2011] Free time is not always a fun time for people with autism. Giving them the power to choose their own leisure activities during free time, however, can boost their enjoyment, as well as improve communication and social skills.Leisure Activities Improve Communication, Social Skills in Autistic Adults - Read more

New Approach Finds Success in Teaching Youth with Autism

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[02/03/2011] As the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders continues to increase, the one thing that won't change is the need for those children to develop social skills. Now, researchers are developing an effective social competence curriculum, with a virtual classroom component, that could help educators meet the demand of this growing population.New Approach Finds Success in Teaching Youth with Autism - Read more

Targeted Intervention: Better Social Skills in Toddlers with Autism

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[07/02/2011] Targeting the core social deficits of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in early intervention programs yielded sustained improvements in social and communication skills even in very young children who have ASD.Targeted Intervention: Better Social Skills in Toddlers with Autism - Read more

Social Competence Curriculum for Autistic Children

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[31/01/2011] Now, researchers at the University of Missouri are developing an effective social competence curriculum, with a virtual classroom component, that could help educators meet the demand of this growing population. Social Competence Curriculum for Autistic Children - Read more

Free Concert for Young People with Autism and their Families

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[17/01/2011] The Help Group and Music for Autism present the first of a series of four autism-friendly interactive concerts designed for young people with autism and their families. Free Concert for Young People with Autism and their Families - Read more

Autistic Children Are Unable to Search Effectively for Objects

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[05/01/2011] The ability to find shoes in the bedroom, apples in a supermarket, or a favourite animal at the zoo is impaired among children with autism, according to new research from the University of Bristol.Autistic Children Are Unable to Search Effectively for Objects - Read more