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Early Behavioral Intervention is Associated with Normalized Brain Activity in Young Children with Autism

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Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Date Published: 
August 31, 2012
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This randomized trial associated ESDM with normalized brain activity and behavioral improvements in young children with ASD.

Exploring the Social Impact of Being a Typical Peer Model for Included Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
January 4, 2012
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Peer-mediated treatments are considered best practice in improving social skills in children with ASD, but parents and school staff have voiced concerns about the social outcomes of typically developing students who serve as models for their autistic peers. This study addresses these concerns, showing that typically developing children maintain stable and positive social status after acting as peer buddies in a social skills intervention for children with ASD.

Family History of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder as Risk Factors for Autism

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Archives of General Psychiatry
Date Published: 
July 2, 2012
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Researchers discuss the association between schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ASD, and suggest the conditions share etiologic factors. Family history of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder was associated with increased ASD risk across three data sets. Individuals with schizophrenic siblings were 12 times more likely to have autism compared to those with no family history of schizophrenia.

Atypical Activation During the Embedded Figures Task as a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Endophenotype of Autism

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Brain
Date Published: 
October 11, 2012
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This study uncovers a possible fMRI endophenotype of autism, showing that compared to typically developing controls with no family history of ASD, adolescents with autism and non-autistic siblings had atypical patterns of brain activation during the Embedded Figures Task.

Researchers Swing Toward Monkey Models of Autism

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SFARI
Date Published: 
October 18, 2012
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Scientists reveal efforts to create transgenic monkey models of autism. Compared to mice and rats, these animals are more genetically similar to humans, and display more complex social and communicative behaviors.

Is He Being Bad? Social and Language Brain Networks during Social Judgment in Children with Autism

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PLOS One
Date Published: 
October 17, 2012
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This fMRI study on social judgment supports claims that autistic children may recognize socially inappropriate behavior but find it difficult to express why it’s inappropriate.

Cognition in Males and Females with Autism: Similarities and Differences

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PLOS One
Date Published: 
October 17, 2012
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Researchers find that women and men with autism have comparable impairments in social cognitive functioning, but performance on non-social cognitive tasks depends on gender.

Postmortem Brain Analysis Points to Autism Candidate Genes

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SFARI
Date Published: 
October 16, 2012
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Unpublished data presented at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting show at least 30 genes show altered expression in brain tissue of people with autism. The ongoing study aims to include more samples than previous postmortem studies, and includes samples lost in Harvard’s freezer malfunction.

ASF-funded Scientists Have Helped Further Our Understanding of Autism

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ASF
Date Published: 
October 16, 2012
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Read highlights from our 2011 ASF grant outcomes report.

The CDC’s Learning Connection Highlights ASD This Month

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CDC
Date Published: 
October 1, 2012
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CDC's October Learning Connection highlights autism and features learning products and resources for healthcare providers and caretakers.