Autism Websites: Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Review Project Compiles and Reviews 10 Years of Research on Autism Treatment and Therapies

Autism Website Review: One of the greatest challenges that parents of a child with autism must face is determining which therapies and treatments are most appropriate for their child.  This task can be overwhelming.  Parents are often faced with seemingly unlimited choices.  Unfortunately, it is unknown how effective many of these autism treatments actually are.  A […]

Autism News: β2-Adrenergic Receptor Agonist Exposure During Pregnancy and Autism Risk

Study Examines Possible Correlation Between Increased Autism Risk and Use of Terbutaline During Pregnancy

Autism News Update: There are several theories to explain the cause of autism.  One theory is that autism is caused by exposure to β2-adrenergic receptor agonists (i.e. albuterol, terbutaline) during pregnancy.  A recent study attempted to determine if a relationship between β2-adrenergic receptor agonist exposure during pregnancy and increased autism risk exists.  The findings were published in an […]

Autism Research: Use of Risperidone (Risperdal) for Behavioral Disorders in Children with Autism

Safety and Efficacy of Risperdal (Risperidone) Researched for Use in Autistic Children

Autism Research: Behavioral disorders often accompany an autism diagnosis.  There are several treatment options available for such behavioral disorders, one of which is Risperdal (risperidone).  Researchers looked at the efficacy and safety of risperidone for the treatment of behavioral disorders in autistic children.  The findings were published in an article titled Treatment of Behavioral Disorders […]

Autism Research: Clonidine Treatment of Hyperactive and Impulsive Children with Autistic Disorder

Research Involving Use of Clonidine for Impulsivity and Hyperactivity in Autism

Clonidine Research: Impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity often accompany an autism diagnosis.  These issues may prevent a child with autism from receiving the maximum benefit from behavior and educational interventions.  This study attempted to determine the effectiveness of clonidine for impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity in children with autism.  The findings were published in an article titled Clonidine […]

Autism News: Relationship Between Sensory Issues and Communication Researched

Research Studies Sensory Issues and the Relationship to Language, Social, and Communication Skill Delays in Autism

Autism News Update:   The source of social and language delays in autism is largely unknown.  One theory is that sensory issues such as sensory processing disorders may account for these delays.  Recent research attempted to determine if sensory responsiveness might be a cause of the communication, language, and social skill delays commonly found in autism.  […]

Autism News: Research Looks at Efficacy of UCLA PEERS Social Skills Program

Efficacy of PEERS Social Skills Development and Maintenance of Learned Skills Researched

Autism News Update: Several strategies have been employed to help autistic adolescents develop important social skills.  One of these is the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills (PEERS).  A recent study attempted to determine how effective the PEERS program is at helping high-functioning autistic teens learn social skills.  It also attempted to […]

Autism Research: Autoimmunity to Folate Receptors and Lack of Cerebral Folate in Autism

The Effect of Folate Receptor Autoantibodies Studied in Terms of Brain Fluid Levels of 5-MTHF (A Form of Folinic Acid)

Autism Research: Poor movement of folate into the central nervous system (CNS) has been found in at least two types of autism spectrum disorders.  One of these is infantile low-functioning autism with neurological abnormalities.  Previous to this study, little was known about the role that folate receptor autoimmunity played in the reduced movement of folate into the […]

Autism News: Research Suggests No Visual Motor Processing Deficits in Autistic Adolescents

Visual Motor Processing in Adolescent Autistics Researched

Autism News Update: Some have suggested that the behaviors and cognitive symptoms associated with autism might be due to the inability to properly process visual input.  Previous research in this area has been inconsistent in terms of outcomes.  A recent study attempted to clear up the inconsistencies found in previous studies by utilizing a larger number of […]

Autism Research: Study Researches Effect of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Hyperactivity in Autistic Children

Effect of Fish Oil (Omega-3 Fatty Acids) on Hyperactivity in Children with Autism

Autism Research: Omega-3 fatty acids supplementation is a treatment that is commonly recommended for autistic children.  Recent research attempted to determine the effect that omega-3 fatty acids might have on hyperactivity in children with autism.  The safety of the supplement was also studied.  The findings were published in an article titled A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial […]

Autism News: Process of Decision Making Studied in Autistic Adults

Decision-Making Process in Autistic Adults Researched

Autism News Update: Limited evidence and anecdotal experiences have suggested that many adults with autism have greater difficulty making decisions.  However, the approach taken by adults with autism in making decisions is not well understood.  Recent research attempted to better understand the decision-making process in autistic adults.  The findings were published in an article titled Decision-Making […]