A presentation at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting on October 13 provided results from the first study on Temple Grandin's brain. To conduct the study, Grandin was given a battery of psychological tests and brain scans using a variety of imaging technologies. Her brain showed a number of structural and functional differences from controls.
An autistic teenager in Irvine, California is suing his school district for mishandling a behavioral incident, according to the Orange County Register. Adam Stone was removed from an Irvine High School classroom in April 2011 for behavioral issues. The incident escalated to the point of Stone's arrest by police. Stone was 18 years old at the time of the incident.
A 19-year-old autistic man from Ontario, Canada, may become homeless at the beginning of October when community funding for his current residential placement runs out. Miles Kirsch, who is largely nonverbal and is self-injurious, can no longer be cared for by his family. The social service agency working with the family reports that expected government support for Miles has not been forthcoming and that, "Miles is not the only one."
A Belleview, Florida man has been charged with molesting a 26-year-old nonverbal autistic woman at a care facilty where he works, according to Ocala.com. Edward Joseph Morgan, 62, is an employee of Community Links, Inc. Another employee videotaped Morgan allegedly engaged in touching the woman inappropriately. Morgan was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail.
The journal Neuron has published results of a study that demonstrates via MRIs that autistic adults experience inconsistent neural responses. Conducted at Carnegie Mellon University, the study involved having autistic adults and a control group engage in sensory experiments while undergoing MRIs. The study presents the first time that researchers have investigated multiple sensory systems—at a primary brain function level—within the same autistic individual.
A study published by the American Medical Association's Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that teens with ASD were bullied at the rate of 46.3 percent compared to 10.6 percent for the general adolescent population. Spending more time in inclusive settings was correlated with a higher rate of victimization.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a total of $100 million in grants to support autism research. The money will go to nine "U.S. Centers of Autism Excellence," according to NIH officials, and is slated to be provided over a period of five years.
A study published today in the journal Pediatrics points to the lack of good data on how well vocational interventions are working for youth and adults with autism. The study concludes that "Research to quantify the degree to which these interventions are effective, under what speciﬁc circumstances, and for which individuals with ASD is critical for the growing number of adolescents and young adults with ASD who are approaching the transition to adulthood."
To learn more about the research on autism and the age of the father recently published in the journal Nature, visit Nature.com for a podcast. Genetic mutations in sperm appear at a higher rate as a man ages, which may lead to autism or schizophrenia.
Results from a study conducted by investigators at Bond University in Queensland indicate that students with autism are often bullied without teachers knowing. The study of 50 autistic primary and secondary school students found 80 percent of them have experienced bullying that has gone unnoticed by teachers. Because students with autism often misunderstand verbal taunts, bullying may escalate to physical violence before adults become aware of it, according to researchers.
I’ve come down with an early case of the “Bah Humbugs” this year.
Last Tuesday my sister Connie had to have a surgery.
Here's what really gets to us about the holiday season. It's not the way advertisers assault us, though that's troubling.
By the time you read this, I will have returned from a week’s vacation in Florida with my family.
Schedule-based living, however, can be a tricky proposition. On the one hand, a schedule orders the day, the expectations, and is comforting to Madison who has difficulty with transitions....
The search for a postsecondary program for a student like Cameron is not much fun. It’s actually pretty awful.
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