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Concern Over Changes to Autism Criteria Unfounded, Says APA

Source: 
Medscape Today
Date Published: 
January 25, 2012
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Concerns that proposed changes to autism criteria in the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) will exclude many individuals from diagnosis and treatment are unfounded, says the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Researchers Use Workshops To Teach Job Skills And Learn More About Families With Children On The Autism Spectrum

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
January 11, 2012
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Researchers at the University of Utah have created a program that helps kids with autism focus on building their skills and utilizing an aptitude for visual-spatial thinking, computers and other electronic media.

Autism Hidden in Plain Sight

Source: 
LA Times
Date Published: 
December 16, 2011
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As more children are diagnosed with autism, researchers are trying to find unrecognized cases of the disorder in adults. The search for the missing millions is just beginning.

Families cling to hope of autism 'recovery'

Source: 
LA Times
Date Published: 
December 15, 2011
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An autism treatment called applied behavior analysis, or ABA, has wide support and has grown into a profitable business. It has its limits, though, and there are gaps in the science.

New MIT center to fund autism research

Source: 
The Boston Globe
Date Published: 
December 15, 2011
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A new center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will focus on unraveling the neuroscience behind social behaviors, helping to push forward research and, the scientists hope, to advance diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Warrior parents fare best in securing autism services

Source: 
LA Times
Date Published: 
December 13, 2011
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Public spending on children with autism in California varies greatly by race and class. A major reason: Not all families have the means to battle for coveted assistance.

Trained Peers Better at Aiding Autistic Kids with Social Skills

Source: 
PsychCentral
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A new study suggests training peers can help children with autism spectrum disorder improve their social skills, even more than a direct adult-led intervention.

Nature Magazine: Autism Science Foundation is a Voice for Science

Source: 
Nature Magazine
Date Published: 
November 2, 2011
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Nature Magazine profiles the Autism Science Foundation and its co-founder, Alison Singer.
Convinced by the evidence that vaccines do not cause autism, Alison Singer started a research foundation that pledges to put science first.

 

The e-mail that ended one career for Alison Singer, but started another, arrived as she was cooking dinner for her daughters one evening in January 2009. Singer was preoccupied. At a committee meeting she was due to attend in Washington DC the next day, she and others were set to vote on a plan that would direct much of the United States' spending on autism research for the next year.

Singer, who had her laptop perched on the kitchen counter, immediately noticed the e-mail from another committee member — a mother who was convinced that vaccines had caused her son's autism. The message proposed last-minute language for inclusion in the plan, endorsing more research into whether vaccines can trigger the disorder of communication and movement. Singer knew immediately that this would cause her serious difficulties. Having read the literature and talked to numerous scientists, she was convinced that no studies supported a link between autism and vaccines. But she was also the top communications executive at Autism Speaks in New York, autism's most prominent research and advocacy group. The organization supports vaccine-related research, and Singer knew that her bosses would expect her to vote for more studies of vaccines as a possible cause of the condition.

Read the article here: http://www.nature.com/news/2011/111102/full/479028a.html

 

Diagnosing Autism At A Younger Age Could Lead To Earlier Interventions

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
October 16, 2011
Abstract: 

Autism is normally diagnosed between the ages of 2 and 3, but new research is finding symptoms of autism spectrum disorders in babies as young as 12 months.

Illinois medical board files complaint against star autism doctor

Source: 
Chicago Tribune
Date Published: 
October 14, 2011
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Dr. Anjum Usman, of Naperville, has been a star in the world of alternative treatments for autism for years, but now she's facing professional discipline for her approach to the frustrating disorder.

According to the complaint, which was filed Wednesday, Usman "made statements to (the boy's) mother that the prescribed treatments had positive clinical benefits for children with autism, despite the lack of empirical research."