Social Skills

Understanding Why Autistic People May Reject Social Touch

Source: 
Time Magazine
Date Published: 
March 20, 2012
Abstract: 

Now, a new study offers insight into why some people shrug off physical touches and how families affected by autism may learn to share hugs without overwhelming an autistic child’s senses.

For Children With Autism, Variability In Successful Social Strategies Revealed By Eye-Tracking

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
March 5, 2012
Abstract: 

Katherine Rice and colleagues, from the Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Emory University School of Medicine, used eye-tracking technology to measure the relationship between cognitive and social disability in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the ability of children with ASD to pay attention to social interactions.

Training Parents Is Good Medicine for Children With Autism Behavior Problems, Study Suggests

Source: 
Science Daily
Date Published: 
February 24, 2012
Abstract: 

Children with autism spectrum disorders who also have serious behavioral problems responded better to medication combined with training for their parents than to treatment with medication alone, Yale researchers and their colleagues report in the February issue of Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

New Report Examines Autism Needs for Patients and Families in Pennsylvania

Source: 
Health News
Date Published: 
January 28, 2012
Abstract: 

Results were released yesterday from the Pennsylvania Autism Needs Assessment, which includes feedback from 3,500 Pennsylvania caregivers and adults with autism, making it the largest study of its kind in the nation.

In the Brain, Signs of Autism as Early as 6 Months Old

Source: 
Science Daily
Date Published: 
January 30, 2012
Abstract: 

Measuring brain activity in infants as young as six months may help to predict the future development of autism symptoms.

Adolescents with Autism Spend Free Time Using Solitary, Screen-based Media

Source: 
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Date Published: 
January 25, 2012
Abstract: 

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) tend to be fascinated by screen-based technology. A new study by a University of Missouri researcher found that adolescents with autism spend the majority of their free time using non-social media, including television and video-games.

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
Abstract: 

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.

New MIT center to fund autism research

Source: 
The Boston Globe
Date Published: 
December 15, 2011
Abstract: 

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.

Trained Peers Better at Aiding Autistic Kids with Social Skills

Source: 
PsychCentral
Abstract: 

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.

Researchers debut SHANK2 mouse, SHANK3 rat

Source: 
SFARI
Abstract: 

Researchers debut the SHANK2 mouse and SHANK3 rat at the 2011 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. SHANK2 belongs to the same family as SHANK3, a well-established autism candidate gene.