Latest News | Organization for Autism Research - Part 97

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Avonte bills packaged

Avonte Oquendo was a teenager from Queens who wandered away from his public school in October 2013; three months later, his remains were found on a beach not far from where he was last seen.  This tragic and high-profile story has prompted legislation at all levels of government, most recently...

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Autism Affects Motor Skills, Too

New research from Oregon State University suggests that autism may affect the development of motor skills among young children.  In a study of 150 children ages 12-33 months, those on the spectrum were nearly a year behind their typically-developing peers in fine motor skills (e.g. holding a spoon) and about...

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Dental visits can be daunting for autistic children

Many children with autism experience distress during dental visits, often because of sensory overload.  Early research findings from the University of Southern California suggests that modifications (e.g. “replacing fluorescent lights with softer and colored lighting, playing soothing music and using butterfly wraps that provide calming deep pressure”) can actually decrease anxiety...

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Study: New autism criteria will reduce diagnoses

The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was released in May 2013; it included major changes to the diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Now, researchers at Columbia University are beginning to reveal the potential implications of those changes.  They found a statistically significant decrease of...

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FDA warns against bogus autism treatments

On April 25, 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public warning to companies that provide misleading claims about their products treating or curing autism. Their press release identifies some of the more notable offenders (e.g. chelation therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy) and said that many...

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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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