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 […]

Autism News: Research Studies Older Parents’ Beliefs About Autism

Research Looks at Perceptions and Coping Mechanisms Regarding Autism of Older Parents with Adult Autistic Children

Autism News Update: Parenting a child with autism brings many joys and challenges.  Recent research attempted to gain an understanding of the perceptions of older parents whose autistic children are now adults.  The findings of the study were published in an article titled Buried by Autism: Older Parents’ Perception of Autism. The study participants included 16 parents, age 60 or […]

Autism Research: Genes Expressed in Blood May Help Predicit Response to Risperdal (Risperidone) in Autistic Children

Expression of 5 Genes in Blood Predicts Risperdal (Risperidone) Response in Children with Autism

Autism Research: Research has demonstrated that Risperdal (risperidone) is often effective in helping improve behaviors in children with autism.  However, treatment with risperidone does not always show a positive response in autism spectrum disorders.  Researchers attempted to determine if the expression levels of specific genes in the blood could predict the treatment outcome of Risperdal […]

Autism News: An Open Label Trial of Donepezil for Enhancement of Rapid Eye Movement Sleep in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Study Looks at Use of Aricept (Donepezil) for REM Sleep in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism News Update:   Research has suggested that children with autism do not spend as much time in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep as healthy children.  It is thought that REM sleep plays an important role in neuroplasticity (ability of the brain to change structurally and functionally).  Previous research has also shown that acetylcholine plays an […]

Autism News: Research Looks at Autism Recurrence Risk

Autism Research Shows that Risk of Recurrence of Autism in Siblings Greater than Previously Estimated

Autism News Update: Research has shown that children born into a family with an autistic child have a higher risk of developing autism.  However, previous studies may have had several limitations that prevented drawing strong conclusions from the results.  Despite data suggesting that the recurrence risk for autism to be approximately 3% to 10%, a […]

Autism Research: Use of Clonidine in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Research Studies Benefits and Side Effects of Clonidine Use in Children with Autism

Clonidine Research: Children with autism often experience difficulty sleeping as well as behavioral issues such as aggressive behaviors, hyperactivity, inattention, and mood disorders.  These behaviors can often be challenging to treat.  A study involving clonidine for the use of these symptoms was conducted in 2008.  The research findings were published in an article titled Use of Clonidine in […]

Outstanding Autism Video Blog Post: “Fixing” Autism

"Fixing" Autism by Lou's Land Receives the Outstanding Video Blog Post Award

  Silence can often be more powerful than spoken words!  It forces the listener to formulate his or her own thoughts rather than draw from the tone and inflection of the speaker.  Sometimes words are just a distraction that diminish the impact of a message.  A recent video blog by Lou’s Land illustrates this idea perfectly. The video […]

Autism News: Early Developmental Screening for Autism in Primary Care Setting

American Academy Recommends Developmental Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in All Children Between 18 Months and 24 Months

Autism News Update: Parents often have concerns about the development of their children.  However, concerns about developmental issues are not always thoroughly addressed by pediatricians.  This issue has become increasingly important as the prevalence of autism continues to increase. Previous research has shown that despite parents raising concerns about signs of autism in their children, […]

Autism News: Impact of Copy Number Variants (CNVs) on Social Responsiveness Scale

Research Suggests that Copy Number Variants (CNVs) May Not Cause Autism but May Play a Role in the Severity of the Symptoms Expressed in Autism

Autism News Update: The role of copy number variants (CNVs) in autism is still largely unknown.  Although research has shown many copy number variants in autistic individuals, the fact that they are also found in healthy individuals makes it difficult to determine the extent to which CNVs play a role in autism.  A recent study attempted to clarify this issue.  […]

Autism Research: Effect of Additional Arachidonic Acid on Communication and Social Withdrawal

Autism Research Studying Effectiveness of Additional Arachidonic Acid (ARA) on Communication and Social Withdrawal

Autism Research: Previous research has demonstrated that arachidonic acid (ARA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) are important elements in the formation and maturation of the brain network.  Additional research has shown that arachidonic acid plays a key role in the process of signaling neurons to mature.  This study attempted to demonstrate the efficacy […]