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Autism Spectrum

April 18, 2014

“Our son has developed diabetes, and we know it’s from the weight he gained since starting behavioral medicines. We’ve tried everything to manage his appetite, and it’s tearing us apart to think we’re trading his health for his ability to function in school. What can we do?”
 

Three-fold increase between 1999 and 2009; rise is most dramatic among teens hospitalized for mental-health issues
April 17, 2014

Hospitalization of children with autism nearly tripled across a decade, new research shows, with the most dramatic rise among teens hospitalized for mental health issues. The report, now online, will appear in the May issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

No one-size-fits-all solution: Researcher emphasizes need to consider child’s sensitivities and family dynamics
April 15, 2014

A new study lends support to the idea that interacting with a pet benefits many children with autism. However, the author emphasizes the need to consider each child’s sensitivities as well as family dynamics in carefully considering pet ownership.

In April’s podcast from the journal Autism, investigators discuss what research tells us about effective employment supports
April 08, 2014

April’s “Autism Matters” podcast features interviews with researchers Paul Shattuck and Anne Roux, of Philadelphia’s Drexel University. Drs. Shattuck and Roux discuss issues surrounding employment support for adults with autism, as well as the barriers that those with autism face when looking for and maintaining employment.