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September 16, 2021

Community Shares | Sept 21st

A new study implicates altered hippocampal structure and function in autism spectrum disorder. Social interaction, spatial reasoning, and memory are supported by the hippocampus, which is also impaired in those with ASD. The critical window of development for the hippocampus is between 12 and 24 months, the same time symptoms of autism typically emerge.  Iron […]

September 16, 2021

Bumetanide Fails Phase 3 Trials

Bumetanide is a generically-available diuretic drug used to treat high blood pressure.  For years, the medication was thought to have potential for treating autism due to its effect on the GABA neurotransmitter pathway, which is speculated to be disrupted in autism.

September 16, 2021

Investigating Levels of Physical Activity in Adults with Autism and Intellectual Disability

Adults on the spectrum with co-occurring intellectual disability have an increased risk for developing obesity, hypertension and diabetes compared to neurotypical adults. Lack of physical activity has been linked to developing these adverse health conditions. Additionally, physical inactivity is recognized as a severe public health problem and the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.

September 16, 2021

Do Mainstream Classrooms Give Students with Autism PTSD?

Is it reasonable to push children with autism to conform their classroom behavior to neurotypical standards? And could this attempt cause more harm than good? A recent article in Psychology Today believes so.

September 13, 2021

Community Shares | Sep 14th

The CDC has launched a COVID-19 resource link for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The link contains a toolkit which includes social stories, videos, posters and interactive activities that focus on topics related to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.  The Fall MAPS Conference is now taking registrations. The conference is targeted to healthcare professionals and […]

September 13, 2021

Does Fidgeting Drive You Crazy?

You are Not Alone, 33% of the Population Has Sensitivities to Fidgeting  Fidgeting is a common feature of autism. It is sometimes referred to as “stimming”.  Approximately 80% of children with autism have some type of movement disorder. Fidgeting or stimming are sensation-seeking behaviors that can ease feelings of anxiety, frustration, or boredom. Examples of […]

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