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The Effects of A Weighted Vest on Aggressive and Self-injurious Behavior in a Child with Autism

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PubMed
Date Published: 
January 2, 2013
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Research finds that despite their frequent use, weighted vests have little effect on managing challenging behaviors in children with autism.

The Association Between Bullying and the Psychological Functioning of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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PubMed
Date Published: 
January 2, 2013
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A new study finds that children with ASD are more likely to be bullied compared to their typical peers. Children with ASD with an additional clinical or educational disorder have an increased risk of being bullied and becoming bullies themselves.

Differences in Autism Symptoms Between Minority and Non-Minority Toddlers

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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
September 2012
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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.

Portable Intermodal Preferential Looking (IPL): Investigating Language Comprehension in Typically Developing Toddlers and Young Children with Autism.

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PubMed
Date Published: 
December 14, 2012
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Researchers at UCONN have developed an intermodel preferential looking assessment that relies on the child's attention, rather than verbal or gestural responses, to evaluate language comprehension.

Evaluation of an Activities of Daily Living Scale for Adolescents and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

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Disability and Health Journal
Date Published: 
October 17, 2012
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ASF Grantee Matthew Maenner and colleagues developed the Waisman Activities of Daily Living (W-ADL) Scale to measure daily living skills of adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. The scale is a free and efficient tool for surveys and epidemiological research.

Whole-Genome Sequencing in Autism Identifies Hot Spots for De Novo Germline Mutation

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Cell
Date Published: 
December 21, 2012
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UCSD researchers suggest genes linked to autism have higher mutation rates than other genes.

Notable Papers of 2012

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SFARI
Date Published: 
December 26, 2012
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SFARI's top ten autism research papers of 2012

Genomic Technology Reveals Hundreds of Autism Gene Mutations

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Laboratory Equipment
Date Published: 
December 20, 2012
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ASF SAB member Dr. Joe Buxbaum on his new gene discoveries using high-throughput sequencing:
"By identifying the many genetic roots of this disorder, we can better understand its biology, which in turn will allow us to develop more tailored treatments for individuals. It is a transformative time for genetic research in autism."

Functional magnetic resonance imaging of autism spectrum disorders

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Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience
Date Published: 
December 10, 2012
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Dr. Gabriel Dichter presents a new review of fMRI research in ASD, noting common themes of atypical activation and functional connectivity in the brain.