Latest News | Organization for Autism Research - Part 74

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Sesame Street to Partner with Exceptional Minds to See Amazing in All Children

Sesame Street is launching a new initiative called “See Amazing in All Children,” aimed at increasing understanding and acceptance of autism among peers.  They’ve partnered with Exceptional Minds, a California non-profit vocational center and working production studio for young adults with autism, whose students will be working on creative program...

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Club teaches archery, life skills to kids with autism

An Indianapolis-area man started an archery club for his son and other children with autism.  For many, the benefits extend beyond building skills with a bow and arrow.  For more information, read the full story by Vic Ryckaert of The Courier-Journal....

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Teens with Autism Learn to Drive through Simulation Study

Researchers at the University of Virginia are teaching teenagers with autism to drive using simulator technology, as part of an ongoing study.  They’ve found that it can take four times as long for an individual on the spectrum to learn how to drive capably because they struggle with the “complexities...

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Home videos could be powerful tool for diagnosing autism, researcher says

A group of Harvard and Stanford researchers recently published research which suggests that videos of children in natural settings could aid in the process of diagnosing autism.  Undergraduate research assistants with minimal training were able to correctly identify “autistic-type” behaviors in YouTube videos 97% of the time. While the authors...

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Pioneering Telemedicine Training for Rural Parents of Children with Autism

University of Kansas researchers recently published the initial results of a study that examined the effectiveness of an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) parent training program that was administered online; the ultimate goal is to expand ABA access to families in rural, generally underserved areas. For more information, read the full...

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Pregnant women who took antidepressants linked to higher autism risk in boys

In their assessment of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs, Johns Hopkins University researchers found that children with autism spectrum diagnoses were more likely – a 2.5 percent difference – than their typically developing peers to have been exposed to antidepressants (e.g. Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft) while in the womb.  For more...

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Even ‘baby sibs’ without autism show delays in first year

New research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry indicates that children who have older siblings with autism diagnoses are more likely to show developmental delays at one year than children whose siblings aren’t on the spectrum.  For more detailed information, read the full story from...

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Florida Firefighters Learn to Help People with Autism

Excerpt from the full story by Will Greenlee of Treasure Coast Newspapers: “With the number of people identified as having autism growing, a Fire District firefighter is training others in his agency in recognizing and interacting better with those with the developmental disability. Firefighter/paramedic Pete Villasuso, 39, whose son was diagnosed...

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Insight into Autism: The Latest Brain Research

The Center for Brain Health (University of Texas at Dallas) is working on ways to help train individuals with autism to reach their full potential. As a result of their research, they have developed a “virtual reality” program that simulates social scenarios and interactions that happen in daily life, with...

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Wandering not just a Problem among Toddlers with Autism

In a recent press release, the Advance Healthcare Network identifies and discusses several troubling statistics about wandering among individuals with autism, as well as the need for parents and first responder training. OAR is in the process of writing A Guide to Safety for parents and self-advocates.  Have a safety-related...

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New autism curriculum fills major teacher training void

The newest OAR resource, the Understanding Autism Professional Development Curriculum, is now available online!  Developed in collaboration with the Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA), this comprehensive tool provides middle and high school teachers with the knowledge and evidence-based strategies they need to support students with...

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Take OAR’s survey for military families!

Autism presents parents and families with many challenges under normal circumstances. Autism in a military family magnifies many of those challenges and adds a few more that are unique to the demands of military life and service. OAR created the Operation Autism website in 2009 to give military families 24/7...

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