Archive for the ‘Science and Research’ Category

Autism Prevalence Higher in CDC’s ADDM Network: Improvements Being Made in Identifying Children with Autism Early

One in 44 (2.3%) 8-year-old children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder according to an analysis of 2018 data published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summaries. This is higher than the previous estimate published in March 2020, which...

Beyond Baby Siblings: Why “Next Gen Sibs” Is Critical to Advancing Autism Research

In the late 1990s, evidence-based research made it clear that autism was heritable and younger siblings of kids with ASD were more likely to become diagnosed themselves. This was a tremendous breakthrough but led to further questions about how to better understand autism recurrence and features...

Increasing Inclusion in Biomarker Research

A new study being conducted by researchers in the McPartland Lab at the Yale Child Study Center is using technological advancements to bring biomarker discovery research to minimally verbal and cognitively impaired autistic individuals. These individuals have historically been underrepresented in...

Study Finds Children with Autism Respond Well to Puppets

A new study by researchers at the Yale Child Study Center demonstrates that puppets can attract and hold the attention of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), raising the potential for developing more engaging therapies that strengthen social engagement and facilitate...

Autism @ Work: Insights From a World-First Global Study on Employing Autistic Adults

 [su_spacer size="20"] [su_note note_color="#f5fcff" text_color="#000000"]The above video is a presentation of the findings from the world’s first global study on autism employment practices. Presented by research co-leads, Associate Professor Anna Krzeminska of Macquarie University and...

Early Screening Tool Leads to Earlier Diagnosis and Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Since it debuted in 2011, the Get SET Early program, which provides pediatricians and parents with a relatively simple process to screen for indicators of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children as young as age 1, has steadily grown in use and validation. Early screening and identification of...

Largest-Ever Genetic Study of Autism Yields New Insights

Anyone who’s spent time with people affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can tell you that it’s a very complex puzzle. The wide variability seen among individuals with this group of developmental brain disorders, which can disrupt communication, behavior control, and social skills, has...

Genome Testing for Siblings of Individuals May Aid in a Diagnosis Before Symptoms Appear

One of the key priorities of interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is starting early, with some evidence showing infants as young as seven months old could benefit. Yet, most children in North America aren’t diagnosed with ASD until they’re over four years of age. New research led by...

Scientists Want to Know Your Opinions About Participating in Research

Poor or slow recruitment into a research studies has a negative impact on research discoveries and shorten patient lives. There are lost opportunities for new discoveries, and evidence-based resources and services are delayed. Funding organizations and researchers need to come up with creative...

Community Engagement Conference Promotes Partnership Between Autism Researchers and Community

Despite the advancement in autism research, one of the challenges that researchers still face today is engaging low-income, racial/ethnic minority, and non-English speaking families. Underresourced families who work multiple jobs have less time to participate in research; some families do not have...