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 important role in REM … [Read more...]

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 new study was conducted with improved methods … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 is titled "Fixing" Autism.  It features a father … [Read more...]

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, … [Read more...]

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.  The research findings were … [Read more...]

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 of … [Read more...]

Autism News: Academic Detailing and Developmental Screening

Autism Research Shows Academic Detailing as an Effective Tool to Increase Rates of Developmental Screening Among Pediatricians

Autism News Update: Pediatricians play a key role in the health of children.  However, many times children with developmental disorders such as autism are not thoroughly screened by their pediatricians.  Recent research attempted to determine the effect that academic detailing would have on developmental disorder screening rates at various pediatrician offices.  The findings were published in … [Read more...]

Autism News: Research Studies Autism Websites

Research Focuses on Quality and Characteristics of Autism Websites

Autism News Update: Many parents of autistic children turn to the world wide web for autism information.  This raises the question: What is the quality of the autism websites that parents are utilizing?  A recent study attempted to answer that question.  The findings were published in an article titled Characteristics and Quality of Autism Websites. The research consisted of 2 separate … [Read more...]

Autism News: Research Looks at Effects of Transporters DVD on Emotion Recognition and Social Behavior

Research Shows Transporters DVD Helps Autistic Kids Learn Facial Emotion

Autism News Update: Children with autism often struggle to recognize different facial emotions.  Several methods have been developed to overcome this challenge.  One such method is the DVD series The Transporters. Previous research has shown that The Transporters series is effective at helping autistic children learn to recognize emotions.  A new study involving the Transporters looked at … [Read more...]