Treatments

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.”

Experimental Drug may Treat Social Withdrawal Symptoms in Individuals with Fragile X Syndrome, the Most Common Known Genetic Cause of Autism.

Source: 
Science Translational Medicine
Date Published: 
September 19, 2012
Abstract: 

Arbaclofen, also known as STX209, shows promise in its treatment of social symptoms associated with fragile x syndrome.

The Emerging Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: 
Science
Date Published: 
September 14, 2012
Abstract: 

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a genetically and phenotypically heterogeneous group of syndromes defined by fundamental impairments in social reciprocity and language development accompanied by highly restrictive interests and/or repetitive behaviors. Recent advances in genetics, genomics, developmental neurobiology, systems biology, monogenic neurodevelopment syndromes, and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) are now offering remarkable insights into their etiologies and converging to provide a clear and immediate path forward from the bench to the bedside.

Dietary Supplement may Treat Rare Form of Autism

Source: 
Science
Date Published: 
September 6, 2012
Abstract: 

Researchers have uncovered a rare, genetic form of autism caused by mutations that speed up the breakdown of certain amino acids.

“Junk” DNA Holds Clues to Cancer, Autism

Source: 
Scientific American
Date Published: 
September 6, 2012
Abstract: 

With the latest annotation of the human genome, researchers have made new discoveries about common diseases

All Out Assault on Autism

Source: 
US News & World Report
Date Published: 
September 2012
Abstract: 

Read a comprehensive report on the latest in autism treatments and research. ASF president Alison Singer is quoted. Read the full article - http://autismsciencefoundation.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/an-all-out-as....

Evidence weak that vocational programs help autistic young adults

Source: 
Pediatrics
Date Published: 
August 27, 2012
Abstract: 

A new study from Vanderbilt and published in Pediatrics finds there's little science to backup the efficacy of current methods used to help young adults with these neurodevelopmental disorders segue into the workforce.

Oxytocin-Looking Beyond the Love Drug

Source: 
Wall Street Journal
Date Published: 
August 10, 2012
Abstract: 

Important work from ASF SAB Member Kevin Pelphrey of the Yale Child Study Center.

Autism Stem-Cell Therapy to Be Tested in Children in Trials

Source: 
Bloomberg
Date Published: 
August 21, 2012
Abstract: 

Sutter Neuroscience Institute and CBR (Cord Blood Registry) are launching the first FDA-approved clinical trial to assess the use of a child's own cord blood stem cells to treat select patients with 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.