Early Intervention

Early Behavioral Intervention is Associated with Normalized Brain Activity in Young Children with Autism

Source: 
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Date Published: 
August 31, 2012
Abstract: 

This randomized trial associated ESDM with normalized brain activity and behavioral improvements in young children with ASD.

The CDC’s Learning Connection Highlights ASD This Month

Source: 
CDC
Date Published: 
October 1, 2012
Abstract: 

CDC's October Learning Connection highlights autism and features learning products and resources for healthcare providers and caretakers.

The Development of Referential Communication and Autism Symptomatology in High-Risk Infants

Source: 
Infancy
Date Published: 
October 1, 2012
Abstract: 

This study suggests that non-verbal communication delays in infants with autistic siblings can predict later ASD symptoms.

For a Science Daily article on this paper, click here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121001124802.htm

Effects of a Brief Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)-Based Parent Intervention on Toddlers at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Source: 
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Date Published: 
October 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

Contrary to their hypothesis, Sally Rogers and colleagues found that toddlers with ASD in a brief, parent-delivered ESDM program did not make greater gains or show reduced core ASD symptoms compared to autistic toddlers in a community ESDM program. Study strongly suggests number of intervention hours and younger age at initiation are key to maximizing intervention benefits, even for 1 and 2 year olds. Authors say, “the ‘wait and see’ approach to early ASD must be replaced by an ‘act now’ mentality.”

Evaluation of a Parent-Based Behavioral Intervention Program for Children with Autism in a Low-Resource Setting

Source: 
Journal of Pediatric Neuroscience
Date Published: 
January 2012
Abstract: 

Many countries do not have widely available or established resources for individuals with autism. This study from New Delhi, India examines parent-based intervention programs for children with autism in a low-resource setting.

Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston Identify Brain Activity Patterns Specific to Children with Autism

Source: 
Time
Date Published: 
June 26, 2012
Abstract: 

Study from Children's Hospital Boston uses EEG to identify specific brain activity patterns in children with autism.

Study from Kennedy Krieger Institute Suggests that "Head Lag" Test Might Help Diagnose Autism

Source: 
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57435717-10391704/simple-head-lag-test-may-help-diagnose-autism-research-suggests/
Date Published: 
May 16, 2012
Abstract: 

New study by Dr. Rebecca Landa of the Kennedy Krieger Institute suggests that "head lag" test might help diagnose autism.

Autism Scientists Search for Help, for Their Own Kids' Sakes

Source: 
USA Today
Date Published: 
May 22, 2012
Abstract: 

The CDC now reports that 1 in 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder. Yale autism researcher Dr. Kevin Pelphrey is only one of many scientists who have a child with autism.

Autism science is moving 'stunningly fast'

Source: 
USA Today
Date Published: 
April 10, 2012
Abstract: 

Researchers today also say they're beginning to make progress, perhaps for the first time, in understanding the autistic brain.

What to Make of the New Autism Numbers

Source: 
Time Magazine
Date Published: 
April 9, 2012
Abstract: 

Evidence shows an increased number of autism diagnoses. There is the possibility that the increase in cases is entirely the result of better detection. Scientists must work to uncover the truth.