Category Archives: Autism Research

Who wants two (2) free movie passes?

Think It By Hand [www.thinkitbyhand.com] has joined forces with University of California, Irvine in a project that will evaluate how easily and effectively students with high-functioning autism [specifically students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade] interact between hands-on teaching aids and touch-screen technology in the subject area of math. 
They need four [4] students [4th, 5th or 6th grade only] for a 30- to 40-minute usability study on a Saturday in May. Exact date and time not yet determined.
Here’s the best part. At the end of their visit, each student will receive two unrestricted movie passes.

This is a first-come, first-served opportunity. For more information or to schedule your student, contact Guy Foresman directly.  guy@thinkitbyhand.com.

New studies suggest mutations in the exome play a significant role in autism.

Gene Studies Begin to Unravel Autism Puzzle 
Wed, 04 Apr 2012 12:00:02 -0500

Yet another interesting study. A sweeping study of hundreds of families with autism has found that spontaneous mutations can occur in a parent’s sperm or egg cells that increase a child’s risk for autism, and fathers are four times more likely than mothers to pass these mutations on to their children, researchers said last week.
Source: Reuters Health

But as the mom of a teenager with autism, I’m more keenly interested in services and therapies developed and provided for the multitude of individuals now existing with ASDs. But an informative article, nonetheless.

New numbers released today by CDC show an increase in prevalence of autism

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/p0329_autism_disorder.html

Okay folks, gimme a drum roll, please. A new study that examined data from 14 communities puts estimates at one child in 88 diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder — and ups the prevalence in males to five times more than in females.

What is this, the magic tote board in the Jerry Lewis telethon?

This is very important information. As parents, we need to participate in surveys and studies that compile such research, so that the true extent of our need is realized throughout all channels. Our government needs to know the real state of affairs if they are to provide sufficient support,  services, education and research.

So the next time an autism study crosses your path, take some time to fill it out. Think of it as an investment in services for your child — rather than something that just eats up your time.

And remember that early detection is crucial. Nearly half [40%] of the kids in the CDC study weren’t diagnosed until they were older than four years of age. We can do so much for our kids when we can start treatments and therapies early. And our kids benefit from this early intervention. So there’s got to be some improvement in this area.

Pay close attention to your child’s development at six months, 12 months, 18 months. Don’t let your concerns go unaddressed.

Visit cdc.gov to learn more.