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January 18, 2021

Parental Preterm Birth and Low Birth Weight May Carry Autism Risk Factors

Yale Reports Parent’s Birth Abnormalities and Offspring’s Autism Could Be Linked New research from Yale’s School of Public Health has discovered that parents born very prematurely were nearly twice as likely to have children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to parents who were born full term.  Published in the International Journal of Epidemiology,  this […]

January 18, 2021

Achieving Optimum Oral Health for Kids with ASD Proves Extremely Challenging

Collaborations Between Dentists and Occupational Therapists May Make Dental Visits Easier  Oral care for adults and children with autism can be a struggle due to issues related to the disorder.  Sensory defensiveness, uncooperative behaviors, and communication problems can make oral care and dental appointments extremely difficult. A new study published in the International Journal of […]

January 10, 2021

New Stimulus Package Fails to Provide Proper Assistance for the Disability Community

Congress Ignores Requests for Extra Funding to Keep Individuals with Disabilities Safer During COVID  The new $900 Billion stimulus relief package signed into law at the end of December has once again failed to provide appropriate support for many Americans with disabilities. Similar to last March’s $2 Trillion CARES Act, adults with disabilities who are […]

January 10, 2021

Greater Risk of Substance Use Disorders for Adolescents with Autism

Individuals Treated with Prescription Drugs for Behaviors Have a Lower Risk for Substance Abuse A new study from Taiwan found that substance use disorder (SUD) was more prevalent in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than in sex-and age-matched nuerotypical controls. Additionally, this research discovered that individuals with autism who abuse alcohol or illicit drugs […]

January 10, 2021

Nearly Two-Thirds of Parents Report COVID-19 Service Disruptions Worsened ASD Symptoms in Their Children

Over Three-Quarters of Parents Experienced Moderate to Extreme Stress Over Service Interruptions A survey of 3502 parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) conducted by Simons Powering Autism Research for Knowledge (SPARK) has demonstrated that most individuals on the spectrum experienced significant disruptions to their therapies and programs during last spring’s stay-at-home orders. The […]

January 10, 2021

Yale Autism Study Draws Criticism for Tormenting Toddlers

Research on Emotional Regulation Draws Ethic Concerns A new study from Yale University titled, “Attend Less, Fear More: Elevated Distress to Social Threat in Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder” sparked a firestorm of criticism from thousands of people on social media. The unusual research investigated how toddlers (42 with autism and 22 neurotypical) responded to […]

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