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New Clinical Trial for Children with Autism to Target Parents

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SLU Researchers will help parents apply strategies that could improve their child’s behavioral problems

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Children with Autism Have Extra Synapses in Brain

Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is due to a slowdown in a normal brain “pruning” process during development, according to a study by neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Because synapses are the points where neurons connect and communicate with each other, the excessive synapses may have profound effects on how the brain functions. The study was published in the August 21 online issue of the journal Neuron.

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Overhaul of Our Understanding of Why Autism Potentially Occurs

“One of the consequences of our new model will be to focus early childhood intervention on developing the particular strengths of the child’s brain, rather than exclusively trying to correct missing behaviors, a practice that may be a waste of a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Laurent Mottron, University of Montreal

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Behavior-Focused Therapies Help Children with Autism: Study

Vanderbilt researchers this week reported updated findings regarding the benefits of behavior-focused therapies for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The review, conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC), updates a prior systematic review of interventions for children (up to age 12) with a focus on recent studies of behavioral interventions.

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Rowan University Prof Researches Parents’ Impact on Their Children with Autism

The New Jersey Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism awarded a $394,200 two-year grant to Dr. MaryLouise Kerwin, the chairperson of the Department of Psychology at Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J., to research parent-implemented treatment for autism in young children. She is in the second year of the Rowan Autism Parent Program, working with co-investigator Dr. Michelle Soreth, an associate professor of psychology at Rowan, and 17 undergraduate and graduate students and graduate alumni on the pilot study.

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Kids with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders Show Differences in Brain Wiring

Researchers at UC San Francisco have found that children with sensory processing disorders have decreased structural brain connections in specific sensory regions different than those in autism, further establishing SPD as a clinically important neurodevelopmental disorder.

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GW Researcher Receives Grant to Answer the How and Why of Autism During Development

Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and physiology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, received a $739K grant from the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative to study the link between autism and disrupted brain development.

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Mothers of Children with Autism Benefit From Peer-Led Intervention

Peer-led interventions that target parental well-being can significantly reduce stress, depression and anxiety in mothers of children with disabilities, according to new findings released today in the journal Pediatrics.

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Common Gene Variants Account for Most of the Genetic Risk for Autism

Heritability trumps spontaneous glitches, environment

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Personalized Approach Enhances Communication Skills in Children with Autism

A UCLA-led study has found that the communication skills of minimally verbal children with autism can be greatly improved through personalized interventions that are combined with the use of computer tablets.

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