Behavior

Examining and Interpreting the Female Protective Effect against Autistic Behavior

Source: 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Date Published: 
February 19, 2013
Abstract: 

This study examined the hypothesis that a protective component of the female sex protects females from autistic behavioral impairment. The results indicate that greater familial risk may be associated with ASD in females, and males may require fewer familial risk factors to reach a similar impairment threshold. The authors hope the study will provide insight into the ASD sex ratio and aid future genetic research.

Sleep Disruption as a Correlate to Cognitive and Adaptive Behavior Problems in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: 
October 1, 2012
Date Published: 
Research in Developmental Disabilities
Abstract: 

This study examines the effects of sleep problems on daytime cognitive and adaptive functioning in children with ASD.

Six Developmental Trajectories Characterize Children With Autism

Source: 
Pediatrics
Date Published: 
May 2012
Abstract: 

"OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to describe the typical longitudinal developmental trajectories of social and communication functioning in children with autism and to determine the correlates of these trajectories.
RESULTS: Six typical patterns of social, communication, and repetitive behavior functioning were identified. These trajectories displayed significant heterogeneity in developmental pathways, and children whose symptoms were least severe at first diagnosis tended to improve more rapidly than those severely affected. "

The Effects of A Weighted Vest on Aggressive and Self-injurious Behavior in a Child with Autism

Source: 
PubMed
Date Published: 
January 2, 2013
Abstract: 

Research finds that despite their frequent use, weighted vests have little effect on managing challenging behaviors in children with autism.

Diuretic Drug Offers Latest Hope for Autism Treatment

Source: 
Science Magazine
Date Published: 
December 11, 2012
Abstract: 

A drug used for decades to treat high blood pressure and other conditions has shown promise in a small clinical trial for autism.

How Autism is Changing the World for Everybody

Source: 
i09
Date Published: 
July 26,2012
Abstract: 

Interesting article including interviews with Steve Silberman and Andrea Kuszewski about how studying autism is changing the world for everyone!

Researchers Grapple with Mixed Results from Cognitive Studies

Source: 
Simons Foundation Austism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
July 30, 2012
Abstract: 

Researchers at Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London are finding that some studies have suggested that people with autism have deficits in executive function, a set of complex mental processes involved in everyday life. But these results may instead reflect their difficulties imagining what other people are thinking.

Cognition and behavior: Fragile X Carriers Show Autism Signs

Source: 
Simons Foundation Austism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
July 27,2012
Abstract: 

According to a study published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, Women who have a milder version of the fragile X mutation, which can lead to the full mutation in their children, have some features of autism.

Pets May Help Kids With Autism

Source: 
WebMD.com
Date Published: 
August 1,2012
Abstract: 

Researchers in France found that children with autism who became pet owners after the age of 5 performed better than children without pets on two key measures of social functioning -- offering comfort and offering to share. Having a pet from birth did not appear to influence the socialization behaviors, leading the researchers to conclude that the arrival of a pet when a child is old enough to recognize the addition may be critical.

Many with Autism Lack Work Experience

Source: 
Chicago Sun-Times
Date Published: 
May 14, 2012
Abstract: 

One in three young adults with autism has no paid job experience, college, or technical schooling nearly seven years after high school graduation, a new study finds.