Many persons with autism have sensory difficulties. These include challenges with focusing attention on important information while screening out background activity.
Lisa Daly, a lawyer with autism based in Maryland, has been awarded a $5,000 prize by the Rockville Economic Development Inc. to develop a collapsible partition for use on public transportation or any other crowded enviornment.
She has created a prototype model that she has been using herself and is continuing to work with medical professionals, industrial engineers and her significant other, Anthony Slamin, to build the Sensory Shield for commercial use.
New research may help explain how a specific gene mutation produces the hypersensitivities to sound experienced by many persons affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The researchers found that when a suspected autism gene – PTEN – is disabled in the sound-processing center of a mouse brain, incoming signals are abnormally amplified regardless of whether their source is near or far.