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.
This study examined school-based medication monitoring in children with ASD. Researchers found that less than half of teachers of medicated students were aware that students were taking medication and no teachers were communicating with prescribing physicians about student behavior and side effects. Since monitoring medication across settings helps physicians assess drug safety and effectiveness, the authors argue for increased communication among professionals.
This study examined the relationship between maternal childhood abuse and autism in children in a large population-based sample. Maternal abuse was significantly associated with increased autism risk even after researchers controlled for perinatal risk factors, including gestational diabetes, smoking during pregnancy, preeclampsia, exposure to intimate partner violence and premature birth.
This report presents data on the prevalence of diagnosed autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as reported by parents of school-aged children (ages 6–17 years) in 2011–2012. Results suggest 1 in 50 U.S. children is diagnosed with ASD based on parent report.
Scoring Goals for Autism is an annual soccer tournament fundraiser that benefits the Autism Science Foundation. This year it will take place at YSC Sports in Wayne, PA on Sunday, May 5th, 2013. This one of a kind indoor soccer tournament offers competitive team play for adult players as well as a TOPSoccer skills and drills clinic for children and adolescents with disabilities including autism.
Scoring Goals for Autism founders Erin Lopes and Tim Bak are parents of a 14-year-old son with autism and epilepsy. The mission of Scoring Goals for Autism is to bring the beautiful game of soccer to all athletes and to raise much-needed dollars for autism research.
All proceeds from Scoring Goals for Autism benefit the Autism Science Foundation.