Treatment

Social Behaviors Increase in Children with Autism in the Presence of Animals Compared to Toys

Source: 
PLOS One
Date Published: 
February 27, 2013
Abstract: 

Children with ASD showed increased positive social behaviors in the presence of guinea pigs compared to toys in this new PLOS One study. Specifically, they showed more social approach behaviors (e.g. talking, looking at faces and making tactile contact) and positive affect (e.g. laughing and smiling), and less self-focused behaviors in the presence of animals.

Mindfulness-based Therapy in Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Randomized Controlled Trial

Source: 
Research in Developmental Disabilities
Date Published: 
January 1, 2013
Abstract: 

This is the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating the efficacy of mindfulness-based therapy for adults with ASD. Participants who received MBT benefited from the therapy, showing less depression, anxiety and rumination, and more positive affect.

ABA Therapy OK’d for More Military Kids

Source: 
Disability Scoop
Date Published: 
January 7, 2013
Abstract: 

More military families will have access to ABA under a new government program.

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.

Chelation Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review

Source: 
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Date Published: 
January 1, 2013
Abstract: 

Authors of this new review on chelation treatment say, “the weakness of the evidence base, the lack of a sound rationale for use of chelation as an ASD treatment, and the potential negative side effects strongly argue against the use of chelation treatment for ASD.”

Sensory Integration Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review

Source: 
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Date Published: 
November 20, 2012
Abstract: 

Sensory integration therapy is a popular ASD intervention, but this systematic review suggests scientific evidence does not support its use.

New Supplement in Pediatrics: Improving Health Care for Children and Youth With Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Source: 
Pediatrics
Date Published: 
November 1, 2012
Abstract: 

Access full articles on interventions, sleep and GI problems, health care coverage and more.

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).

Nature Outlook: Autism Now Available Online

Source: 
Nature
Date Published: 
October 31, 2012
Abstract: 

Sponsored in part by ASF, the new Nature Outlook supplement on autism features articles on genetics, adulthood, brain imaging, diagnosis and more.

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.