International Effort Expands List of Genes Tied to Autism – By : Jessica Wright

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBTAINED AT : http://www.spectrumnews.org A massive sequencing study spanning seven countries links 38 new genes to autism or developmental delay and intellectual disability1. The study, published Monday in Nature Genetics, underscores the power of collaboration: Researchers from 15 institutions teamed up to recruit more than 13,000 people with one of the conditions. […]

Autism in Small Town Rural America- BY: Ann Griswold – Found on: spectrumnews.org

This is a story of autism in small-town America Rural living can be wonderful: community, friendly faces, a slower pace of life. But when there’s autism in the family, it can be tough. Morning circle is off to a rough start at LilyPad Learning Center. On a bright Monday in September, in the large preschool […]

New approach may treat autism by dialing up genes – BY: JESSICA WRIGHT

Injecting snippets of RNA into the brain could gently boost the expression of certain genes, according to a mouse study1. The finding could help safely treat some forms of autism. Many mutations associated with autism affect only one copy of a gene, leaving the other intact. In these cases, researchers could use RNA snippets to […]

The Study of Nonverbal Autism Must Go Beyond Words, Experts Say

This article was originally found on SFARI.org Author: Sarah DeWeerdt 2 September 2013 The study of nonverbal autism must go beyond words, experts say. Interactive devices do not hinder nonverbal children with autism from learning to speak, and may even help them. Roughly 25 percent of people with autism speak few or no words. A […]

ADHD Drugs Don’t Lead To Better Performance In School: Focused Children Still Need Direction, Study Says

Source: Currie J, Stabile M, Jones L. Do Stimulant Medications Improve Education and Behavioral Outcomes for Children with ADHD? The National Bureau of Economic Research. 2013. Giving a child Ritalin or Adderall won’t make him necessarily more focused on school, especially in the long term. It’s perhaps the most controversial disorder of the 21st century: […]

‘Boys Will Be Boys’ in U.S., but Not in Asia

Taken from Science Daily Story Source: This story is reprinted from materials provided by Oregon State University ——————————————————————————————————— May 22, 2013 — A new study shows there is a gender gap when it comes to behavior and self-control in American young children — one that does not appear to exist in children in Asia. In […]

Interventions Offer New Hope For Autistic Children Who Never Learn To Speak

Source (Medical News Today) An Autistica consultation published this month found that 24% of children with autism were non-verbal or minimally verbal, and it is known that these problems can persist into adulthood. Professionals have long attempted to support the development of language in these children but with mixed outcomes. An estimated 600,000 people in […]

New Hope for Autistic Children Who Never Learn to Speak

Found on: Science News Apr. 24, 2013 — An Autistica consultation published this month found that 24% of children with autism were non-verbal or minimally verbal, and it is known that these problems can persist into adulthood. Professionals have long attempted to support the development of language in these children but with mixed outcomes. An […]

10 Art Projects for Kids with Sensory Issues

Written By: Erin McNeill Kids with sensory issues are sometimes resistant to art projects because they don’t enjoy being messy or they don’t enjoy touching the mediums that are squishy, wet, or are made up of smaller parts, such as sand or rice. If you want to engage your child in art projects, it’s best […]

Scientists Find Age-Related Changes in How Autism Affects the Brain

In the study, titled “Developmental Meta-Analysis of the Functional Neural Correlates of Autism Spectrum Disorders,” Daniel Dickstein, M.D., FAAP, director of the Pediatric Mood, Imaging and Neurodevelopment Program at Bradley Hospital, found that autism-related changes in brain activity continue into adulthood. “Our study was innovative because we used a new technique to directly compare the […]