Autism Science

Melatonin for Sleep in Children with Autism: A Controlled Trial Examining Dose, Tolerability, and Outcomes

Source: 
J Autism Dev Disord
Date Published: 
August, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

Supplemental melatonin has shown promise in treating sleep onset insomnia in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Teacher-Implemented Joint Attention Intervention: Pilot Randomized Controlled Study for Preschoolers with Autism

Source: 
J Consult Clin Psychol
Date Published: 
August, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

This study investigated the effectiveness of public preschool teachers implementing a validated intervention (the Joint Attention and Symbolic Play/Engagement and Regulation intervention; JASP/ER) on a core deficit of autism, initiating joint attention.

The Effect of Levetiracetam on Focal Nocturnal Epileptiform Activity During Sleep-A Placebo-Controlled Double-Blind Cross-Over Study

Source: 
Epilepsy Behav
Date Published: 
May, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

This study was designed to assess AED effect in a placebo-controlled double-blind cross-over study. Levetiracetam (LEV) was chosen based on clinical evidence.

Making the Connection: Randomized Controlled Trial of Social Skills at School for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: 
J Child Psychol Psychiatry
Date Published: 
April, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

This study compared two interventions for improving the social skills of high functioning children with autism spectrum disorders in general education classrooms. One intervention involved a peer-mediated approach (PEER) and the other involved a child-assisted approach (CHILD).

Longitudinal Follow-Up of Children with Autism Receiving Targeted Interventions on Joint Attention and Play

Source: 
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry
Date Published: 
May, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

This study examines the cognitive and language outcomes of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over a 5-year period after receiving targeted early interventions that focused on joint attention and play skills.

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Preschool-Based Joint Attention Intervention for Children with Autism

Source: 
J Child Psychol Psychiatry
Date Published: 
January, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

Assess the effects of a preschool-based Joint Attention (JA)-intervention.

A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial of Fluoxetine for Repetitive Behaviors and Global Severity in Adult Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: 
Am J Psychiatry
Date Published: 
March, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

The effects of fluoxetine and placebo on repetitive behaviors and global severity were compared in adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial of Oral N-Acetylcysteine in Children with Autism.

Source: 
Biol Psychiatry
Date Published: 
June 1, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

The goal of this pilot study was to assess the feasibility of using oral N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a glutamatergic modulator and an antioxidant, in the treatment of behavioral disturbance in children with autism.

Dr. Jennifer Elder Provides Commentary on Current Research for the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free (GFCF) Diet

Date Published: 
August 1, 2013
Abstract: 

Dr. Jennifer Elder provides an evidence-based discussion about the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet in her guest blog post for the blog series "Comorbid Conditions with Autism". Dr. Elder's goal was to highlight what current research says about the GFCF diet so families can make an informed decision if it is right for them.

Dr. Susan Hyman Discusses GI Problems in Children with Autism for a Guest Blog Post

Date Published: 
July 30, 2013
Abstract: 

Dr. Susan Hyman addressed many important questions about GI problems associated with autism for our guest blog series "Comorbid Conditions with Autism". In the post, she provided an informed update on current evidence-based research in the area of GI problems and autism.