Social Skills Intervention: A Key Piece of the Employment Puzzle

For the one-year period between April 2020 and March 2021, unemployment rates for people with disabilities in New York State averaged 16.2 percent, an increase of 8.9 percent over the prior year, according to the state Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics. This rate is...

Mount Sinai Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Study Promising Treatment for Autism Subtype

Scientists at the Seaver Autism Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), a promising treatment for a subtype of autism called Phelan McDermid Syndrome (PMS). The grant...

Future Directions in Medication Treatments for ASD

There has been enormous growth over the past 10-15 years in research attempting to identify effective medications for children and youth with ASD. A few classes of medications have been shown to be effective for treating specific symptoms associated with autism. There is accumulating data to...

The Neurobiology of Sensory-Perceptual Symptoms in Autism

A significant proportion of people with Autistic Disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders exhibit sensory symptoms, which can include over-responsiveness, under-responsiveness, and paradoxical responses to environmental stimuli. Indeed, autobiographical accounts by people with autism...

Autism Research and Treatment: An Update From the Seaver Autism Center

The mission of the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment is to discover the causes of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and to develop breakthrough interventions. The Center functions as a collaborative effort that combines psychiatry, psychology, neurology, molecular genetics, and...

A New Genetic Perspective on Autism Spectrum Disorders

Recent genetic studies in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) support an important role for what are being termed multiple “rare variants” in these conditions. ”Rare variants” include what we think of as mutations, and can be the cause of an ASD when they are found. This is an extremely...

Social Skills Therapy Groups – Evaluating the Behavioral and Neural Impact for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Social dysfunction is the central, unifying feature of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and perhaps also the most debilitating. Impairments in socialization persist in individuals with ASD regardless of age or language level and are likely to impact quality of life variables, such as employment and...