UW plans two research studies of infants who have autistic older siblings
Posted by lightfoot on Friday, April 04, 2008 (21:55:14) by DEBBIE CAFAZZO
Two new University of Washington research studies seek to enroll infants from the Puget Sound region who have autistic older siblings.
One study wants to assess and monitor 100 babies beginning at age 6 months, then again at 12 and 24 months of age. Babies will be given an MRI at each age. MRI images will allow scientists to look for subtle anatomical differences in the babiesâ€™ brains at each stage of development.
The other study seeks 200 infants 6 months old or younger with autistic siblings. Babies in this study will be divided into two groups. One group will be monitored by specialists and referred for community treatment. The other group and their mothers will participate in a program at the Seattle UW Autism Center. Mothers will be trained, for example, to engage their infants in eye contact. Mother and child will be videotaped interacting once a week for nine weeks.
Posted by lightfoot on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 (22:17:11) By JAKE COYLE
NEW YORK (AP) â€” After being surrounded by the dramatic heavyweight stars of the Oscars, Jon Stewart will play host again, this time amid a bevy of comedians.
Stewart will host the second biannual "Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education" on April 13 at the Beacon Theater in New York. The show will air live on Comedy Central (8 p.m. EST).
Autism Spectrum Disorders and Employment Two Day Workshop
Posted by lightfoot on Saturday, March 29, 2008 (20:30:54) Thursday & Friday, June 5-6, 2008
Midlands Collaborative Training Center
8301 Farrow Rd. Columbia, SC
Registration starts at 8:30
Workshop hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
This workshop will provide participants with information about autism and how it affects the transition/employment process. Participants will learn about assessment of functional transition/employment skills for individuals with autism and some of the strategies and supports used to enhance employment opportunities and independence in the work place.
Posted by lightfoot on Friday, March 28, 2008 (23:16:45) By MIKE STOBBE and MARILYNN MARCHIONE
For those convinced that vaccines can cause autism, the sad case of a Georgia girl, daughter of a doctor and lawyer, seems like clear-cut evidence. The government has agreed to pay the girl's family for injury caused by vaccines.
But it turns out it's not that simple â€” and maybe not even a first.
Posted by lightfoot on Sunday, March 23, 2008 (20:58:34) by Sara Denton
The University of Alabama has conducted a groundbreaking study on the brain patterns of teenagers affected with autism.
Mark Klinger, associate professor of psychology, and Laura Klinger, an associate psychology professor, worked with members of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, to discover changes in brain patterns in adolescents with the disorder.
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