Parents

Babies Born to Women with Diabetes may be at Higher Risk for Autism

Source: 
Simons Foundation Autism Research Institute
Date Published: 
October 15, 2013
Abstract: 

Babies born to women with gestational diabetes tend to be large and go through spells of low blood sugar within their first few days of life. They may also be at an increased risk for autism, reports a study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. The study also found that the risk extends to children born to women who had diabetes prior to pregnancy.

Grandfather's Age Linked to Autism

Source: 
JAMA Psychiatry
Date Published: 
August 1, 2013
Abstract: 

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that men who fathered children at age 50 or older were nearly twice as likely to have a grandchild with autism compared to men who had children at a younger age. The study focused on age-related aspects and sought to control any other variables, such as socioeconomic status.

Preferred Play Activities of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Naturalistic Settings

Source: 
North American Journal of Medicine and Science
Date Published: 
July 25, 2013
Abstract: 

Play is important to children's development, and a new study has found the types of play that appeal most to children with ASD: play that provides strong sensory feedback, cause-and-effect results, and repetitive motions. Incorporating this type of play in recreational facilities, after-school programs, and playgrounds encourages inclusion and social interaction with peers.

Effects of Risperidone and Parent Training on Adaptive Functioning in Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders and Serious Behavioral Problems

Source: 
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry
Date Published: 
February, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs) have social interaction deficits, delayed communication, and repetitive behaviors as well as impairments in adaptive functioning. Many children actually show a decline in adaptive skills compared with age mates over time.

Dr. Peter Gerhardt Talks About Employment, Safety and Sex Education in Young Adults with Autism

Date Published: 
July 25, 2013
Abstract: 

Dr. Peter Gerhardt of the McCarton School joined us for a live chat. He answered several questions about employment, safety and sexual education in relation to teenagers and adults with autism.

Mothers Who Have Children with ASD Show Significantly Higher Levels of Fatigue

Source: 
Autism
Date Published: 
July 2013
Abstract: 

This study shows that parents who have children with ASD show significantly higher levels of fatigue when compared to mothers of typically developing children. The study argues the need for interventions that specifically target maternal fatigue.

Parents Turn Their Skills to Furthering Autism Research

Source: 
SFARI
Date Published: 
May 9, 2013
Abstract: 

ASF President Alison Singer is featured in this article on how parent advocates help advance autism research.

Respite Care, Marital Quality, and Stress in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
March 2013
Abstract: 

In a new study looking at parents of children with ASD, researchers found that parents were less stressed and had improved marital quality with each hour of respite care received.

Autism Risk Across Generations A Population-Based Study of Advancing Grandpaternal and Paternal Age

Source: 
JAMA Psychiatry
Date Published: 
March 20, 2013
Abstract: 

Recently published in JAMA Psychiatry, this study put forth a new autism risk factor: advanced grandpaternal age. Compared to men who had children between 20 and 24, men who fathered a child at 50+ were 1-2 times more likely to have a grandchild with autism. The findings suggest some autism risk factors can accumulate over generations.

Maternal periconceptional folic acid intake and risk of autism spectrum disorders and developmental delay in the CHARGE (CHildhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment) case-control study.

Source: 
PubMed
Date Published: 
July 2012
Abstract: 

Folic acid may reduce ASD risk in those with inefficient folate metabolism. The replication of these findings and investigations of mechanisms involved are warranted.