Social Skills

Design of a Virtual Reality Based Adaptive Response Technology for Children with Autism

Source: 
IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Date Published: 
January 4, 2013
Abstract: 

Results from this preliminary study suggest that an interactive virtual reality game can improve social communication skills in teens with ASD.

Neural Mechanisms of Improvements in Social Motivation After Pivotal Response Treatment: Two Case Studies

Source: 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
October 27, 2012
Abstract: 

Researchers find increased activation to social stimuli in brain regions involved in social perception in two children with ASD after pivotal response treatment (PRT).

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.

Exploring the Social Impact of Being a Typical Peer Model for Included Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Source: 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
January 4, 2012
Abstract: 

Peer-mediated treatments are considered best practice in improving social skills in children with ASD, but parents and school staff have voiced concerns about the social outcomes of typically developing students who serve as models for their autistic peers. This study addresses these concerns, showing that typically developing children maintain stable and positive social status after acting as peer buddies in a social skills intervention for children with ASD.

Family History of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder as Risk Factors for Autism

Source: 
Archives of General Psychiatry
Date Published: 
July 2, 2012
Abstract: 

Researchers discuss the association between schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ASD, and suggest the conditions share etiologic factors. Family history of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder was associated with increased ASD risk across three data sets. Individuals with schizophrenic siblings were 12 times more likely to have autism compared to those with no family history of schizophrenia.

Is He Being Bad? Social and Language Brain Networks during Social Judgment in Children with Autism

Source: 
PLOS One
Date Published: 
October 17, 2012
Abstract: 

This fMRI study on social judgment supports claims that autistic children may recognize socially inappropriate behavior but find it difficult to express why it’s inappropriate.

Interventions Addressing Social Impairment in Autism

Source: 
Current Psychiatry Reports
Date Published: 
October 4, 2012
Abstract: 

In this new review of intervention studies targeting social impairment in autism, authors encourage researchers to design new studies that: evaluate ingredients of effective interventions (e.g., required dose for therapeutic effect); include better outcome measures that can show that meaningful improvements have happened (e.g., spontaneous social initiations; sustained interactions); and include underserved and underrepresented participant groups, such as children with comorbidities, non-English speaking children, and minimally verbal children.

Stanford researchers investigate the emotional side of autism

Source: 
Stanford School of Medicine
Date Published: 
August 14, 2012
Abstract: 

Researchers at Stanford University have found that adults with autism spectrum disorders report greater levels of negative emotion in general.

Stanford researchers investigate the emotional side of autism

Source: 
Emotion
Date Published: 
August 14, 2012
Abstract: 

Researchers at Stanford University have found that adults with autism spectrum disorders report greater levels of negative emotion in general.