A new study demonstrates the potential of wearable technology as a social-skills aid for children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism News — ScienceDaily
Expanding ECHO Autism will help families and children with autism around the world, especially those living in remote areas, suggests a new report. Autism News — ScienceDaily
Acting on recommendations from the South Carolina Act Early Team, South Carolina changed its policies to pay for early intensive behavioral intervention in children under three revealed to be at high risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by a two-stage screening process. Previously, a formal diagnosis of ASD had been required. As a result, the number of children under three receiving early intervention grew
One in 45 children is diagnosed with autism. As these children age, experiences such as leaving school, finding jobs and living alone can be stressful for adolescents with autism as well as their caregivers. Researchers have conducted the first study analyzing the perspectives of adolescents with autism to identify challenges as they “age out” of services. The researchers say these findings highlight the need
Dogs and other pets play an important role in individuals’ social lives, and they can act as catalysts for social interaction, previous research has shown. Although much media attention has focused on how dogs can improve the social skills of children with autism, a researcher recently found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lived in the home.
New playground at Maryland’s The Shafer Center features equipment designed to encourage interactions July 28, 2014 (July 28, 2014) – The Shafer Center, a school for children with autism ages 2-8, in Owings Mills, Md., opened a new playground designed specifically for children with autism. Such playgrounds are becoming more common around the country. Kristen DeBoy, an applied behavioral analysis therapist at the Shafer Center, told
The final post of Mental Health Awareness Month focuses on the common concern of anxiety in individuals with autism. To close Mental Health Awareness month, we want to focus on a common concern of anxiety in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Many activities that are anxiety inducing in typical children can also cause anxiety in children on the spectrum. Dr. Jeffrey Wood, PhD, a
Researchers funded by Autism Speaks are using iPads to encourage speech among minimally verbal gradeschoolers affected by autism Researchers funded by Autism Speaks are using iPads to encourage speech among minimally verbal gradeschoolers affected by autism This month, the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry will be publishing the promising results of a study, funded by Autism Speaks, on the