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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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Chapel Haven, Yale students create autism awareness through art

The autism awareness student group at Yale University recently partnered with Chapel Haven, a local residential transition program for young adults with autism, to create pieces of art for display in the community.  This effort not only showcases the abilities of Chapel Haven students, but provides them with an opportunity...

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SAP Hiring Tech Workers with Autism

Tech giant SAP has developed a new initiative called “Autism at Work,” that trains individuals on the spectrum for jobs within the company.  The company plans to leverage the unique skill sets of this population while providing support in areas such as social interactions, where they may face challenges.  Read...

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Autism May Begin With Fetal Brain Flaws, Researchers Suggest

A team of researchers from the University of California at San Diego’s Autism Center of Excellence recently published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that analyzed brain cells of deceased children.  They found that almost all of the children who had been diagnosed with autism were missing “key...

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