Early Intervention

Differences in Autism Symptoms Between Minority and Non-Minority Toddlers

Source: 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
September 2012
Abstract: 

Researchers discover gross motor, communication and language score differences between minority and non-minority toddlers with ASD. The authors suggest that due to cultural differences, minority parents may not seek intervention services until more significant delays are present. Methods to improve early identification in these groups are discussed.

Telehealth for Expanding the Reach of Early Autism Training to Parents

Source: 
Autism Research and Treatment
Date Published: 
December 19, 2012
Abstract: 

Telehealth interventions, the delivery of specialized services through communication technologies, may be a viable option for families of young children with ASD who have limited access to intervention services.

Autism Interventions Supported by Moderate Evidence; Better Studies Needed to Validate Effectiveness

Source: 
RAND Corporation
Date Published: 
November 1, 2012
Abstract: 

Widely used autism interventions are supported by moderate evidence. Head-to-head trials of competing autism treatments are needed to identify which programs are superior and additional work should follow study participants long-term to further examine the effectiveness of treatments.

Autism Developmental Delay Begins After 6 Months of Age

Source: 
Psych Central
Date Published: 
October 31, 2012
Abstract: 

A large, prospective study found that children with and without ASD were developmentally similar at 6 months based on clinical tests. Lead author Dr. Rebecca Landa reported, “for those children who went on to develop autism, the earliest signs of atypical development were non-specific to autism, such as general communication or motor delay.”

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.