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Screen Time Versus Sleep Time in Boys with Autism

Study suggests video gaming and in-room electronic media can significantly worsen sleep problems in boys with autism
November 19, 2013

A new study, published online in Pediatrics, suggests that prolonged video-game use as well as TVs and computers in the bedroom can contribute to significant sleep problems in boys with autism.

Large Study Supports GI Link to Problem Behaviors in Kids with Autism

Findings back Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network guidelines on proactively evaluating and treating associated medical conditions
November 06, 2013

 

A “Top Ten Advances in Autism Research 2013” Selection
See all the year’s “Top Ten” here.

 

New Evidence of Genetic Links between Autism and Related Impairments

Researchers study families affected by autism and associated disorders; findings could guide development of personalized treatments
October 31, 2013

Lorenzo Miodus-Santini, now 11, was never a big talker. As an infant he didn't babble or coo. When he began to speak as a toddler, he’d learn one word but forget another. At 13 months, he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Lorenzo’s older brother, Christian, doesn’t have autism but likewise struggles with language. Christian has difficulty reading, processing spoken words and speaking clearly. Doctors gave him the diagnosis of specific language impairment.

Autism Study Finds No Link to Celiac Disease; Gluten Reactivity Real

Largest-ever study of autism and celiac disease helps clarify earlier findings; supports parent reports of gluten sensitivities
September 25, 2013


 

In the largest study of its kind, researchers found no link between autism and celiac disease, a severe intestinal disorder triggered by an immune reaction to gluten. However, the study also confirmed a strong association between autism and the presence of antibodies to gluten. Such antibodies indicate a significant immune reaction to the protein, which is found most commonly in wheat.

Rhode Island Creates First State Autism Registry

Voluntary registry will advance research and public advocacy by gathering information on individuals with autism statewide
September 16, 2013

The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) is creating the first statewide registry of children and adults with autism. The voluntary registry will support autism research and public advocacy by providing a rich source of anonymous information about families affected by autism, their health and quality of life, and their access to services.

Chicago to LA – Addressing the need to lower the age of diagnosis

September 08, 2013

On Saturday the 7th, Autism Speaks organized two important events aimed at lowering the age of diagnosis and increasing access to early intervention in both Chicago and Los Angeles. These outreach events brought together volunteer clinicians, partner organizations and evidence-based resources and resource providers all together in the same place. The goal was to allow families from underserved communities to have access to clinical information and guidance about their child they had not yet received and might be unlikely to see otherwise.