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Reducing Stress, Depression and Anxiety in Mothers of Kids with Autism

Study shows clear benefits to mom-led stress-reduction classes; mindfulness training produces greatest benefits
July 21, 2014

Researchers at Vanderbilt University – a part of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network  – report that mothers of children with autism benefit significantly from weekly stress-reduction classes led by other mothers.

Severe Autism in Immigrant and Minority Families

Study finds high rates of severe autism with intellectual disability among children of foreign-born mothers from several world regions
June 23, 2014

A new study has found high rates of autism – especially severely disabling types of autism complicated by intellectual disability – among the children of foreign-born mothers who are black, Latin American, Filipino or Vietnamese.

Costs of Autism: Study Tallies Kids’ Higher Health and Education Needs

Harvard researchers find substantial costs in healthcare and education; more in-depth findings to come from Autism Speaks
February 10, 2014

Harvard researchers estimate that the added costs of autism-related healthcare and education average more than $17,000 per child per year in the United States. The figure represents expenses above those for a child without autism spectrum disorder (ASD). On a national level, the researchers estimated that these additional costs exceeded $11.5 billion in 2011.

Nearly 1 in 5 Children with ADHD Have Autism Traits, Says Study

August 26, 2013

A new study published Monday in Pediatrics reports that a large proportion of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) share traits similar to children with autism.  Among 242 children with ADHD more than 18% were found to have “autistic traits” though they did not meet a formal diagnosis for autism. These children had significant emotional, social, and cognitive impairments as well as challenges at home and in school that are common in children with autism.  

Sibling Bullying Subject of New Study

Study today from Pediatrics looks at sibling bullying and it's effect on mental health.
June 17, 2013

The journal Pediatrics came out today with a study focused on sibling bullying and the affect it can have on the mental health of children and teens. The paper's lead author Corinna Jenkins Tucker referenced the impact of The National Survery of Children's Exposure to Violence in her overall report. This phone survey stated that of the 3,599 children, 32 percent experienced at least one type of sibling victimization this year. 

Pediatrics Supplement on Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

November 01, 2012

(Nov 1, 2012) Today, the journal Pediatrics published a special supplement on the health and medical treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders.