Social Skills

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.

Seaside Therapeutics Discontinues Arbaclofen (STX209) Extension Study

Source: 
The Boston Globe
Date Published: 
May 31, 2013
Abstract: 

Seaside Therapeutics has discontinued their extension study of Arbaclofen (STX209), a drug that showed promise in treating social impairment related to Fragile X syndrome.

Brain Responses to Words in 2-Year-Olds with Autism Predict Developmental Outcomes at Age 6

Source: 
PLoS ONE
Date Published: 
May 29, 2013
Abstract: 

Researchers have demonstrated that brain responses to words in children with autism at age two may strongly predict cognitive ability, receptive language and adaptive behavior in those children at ages 4 and 6.

DSM-5: The Debate Continues

Source: 
Molecular Autism
Date Published: 
May 15, 2013
Abstract: 

The editors of Molecular Autism, Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen and ASF SAB member Dr. Joe Buxbaum, invited the labs of Dr. Cathy Lord and Dr. Fred Volkmar to offer their perspectives on the new DSM-5 criteria for the autism spectrum.

Read Dr. Lord's commentary here: http://www.molecularautism.com/content/pdf/2040-2392-4-12.pdf

Read Dr. Volkmar's commentary here: http://www.molecularautism.com/content/pdf/2040-2392-4-13.pdf

Cognitive Enhancement Therapy for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Results of an 18-month Feasibility Study

Source: 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
April 26, 2013
Abstract: 

New findings from a small pilot study suggest cognitive enhancement therapy is a feasible and effective intervention for cognitive impairments in verbal adults with ASD. Adult participants were highly satisfied with the therapy and treatment attendance was high, indicating their willingness to participate in and commit to an intervention that they considered useful.

Preschool Based JASPER Intervention in Minimally Verbal Children with Autism: Pilot RCT

Source: 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
May 1, 2013
Abstract: 

A recent pilot study linked the JASPER intervention (Joint Attention Symbolic Play Engagement and Regulation) to core deficit improvement in minimally verbal 3 to 5 year olds with autism.

Social Participation Among Young Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Source: 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
April 25, 2013
Abstract: 

In an attempt to raise awareness of the unique obstacles faced by young adults with ASD, researchers compared their social experiences with the experiences of young adults who received special education services for intellectual disability, emotional disturbance, or learning disability and found young adults with ASD experienced significantly more social isolation.

Familiarity Breeds Support: Speech-language Pathologists’ Perceptions of Bullying of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: 
Journal of Communication Disorders
Date Published: 
January 31, 2013
Abstract: 

According to this study, school-based speech language pathologists may be an untapped resource in the fight against bullying of children with ASD.

Cognition and Behavior: 'Mind blindness' Has Brain Signature

Source: 
SFARI
Date Published: 
April 13, 2013
Abstract: 

Two recent studies have linked ‘mind-blindness’ to atypical patterns of brain activity in people with ASD.