Autism Research

Compared to What? Early Brain Overgrowth in Autism and the Perils of Population Norms

Source: 
Biological Psychiatry
Date Published: 
May 23, 2013
Abstract: 

A new report questions the evidence for atypical early brain growth in ASD, suggesting reports of abnormal head circumference (HC) growth may be due to a systematic bias in common HC norms rather than dysregulated early brain growth in ASD. The authors encourage future studies to use comparison data from typically developing and clinical control samples and several growth norms in parallel to avoid bias.

SFARI Live DSM-5 Discussion: May 29 3pm ET

Source: 
SFARI
Date Published: 
May 23, 2013
Abstract: 

Simons Foundation will host a live DSM-5 roundtable discussion on May 29 at 3pm ET. The panelists, Dr. Thomas Insel, Dr. Cathy Lord and Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg, will explore the new guidelines' impact on autism diagnosis as well as on research. Listeners will have a chance to ask the panelists questions during the discussion.

At the event time, call 866-740-1260 (access code: 2979382) to listen to the live discussion. To follow the live chat and submit your own questions, log in to readytalk.com using the access code 2979382.

Environmental Enrichment as an Effective Treatment for Autism: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Source: 
Behavioral Neuroscience
Date Published: 
May 20, 2013
Abstract: 

Researchers at University of California Irvine conducted a randomized controlled trial of sensorimotor enrichment in young boys with ASD. Behavioral and cognitive improvements in the children who received sensorimotor therapy suggest that it may be a promising treatment for ASD symptoms. The group is now conducting a larger trial that includes girls.

A Substantial and Unexpected Enhancement of Motion Perception in Autism

Source: 
Journal of Neuroscience
Date Published: 
May 8, 2013
Abstract: 

This new study found that children with autism see simple movement twice as quickly as other children their age.

Autism Matters Podcast Series

Source: 
Autism
Date Published: 
May 13, 2013
Abstract: 

The Autism Matters podcast series aims to showcase the latest research published in the journal Autism in a way that is accessible, easy to understand and has real world relevance. The podcasts are aimed at a broad audience, including academics, researchers, students, clinicians, journalists, policy makers, individuals with autism and their families, and anyone interested in autism spectrum disorders.

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.

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.

Fetal and Sociocultural Environments and Autism

Source: 
American Journal of Psychiatry
Date Published: 
April 1, 2013