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May 03, 2021

New Drug Improves Cognitive Function in Adult Males with Fragile X Syndrome

Exciting Study Shows Cognition and Behavior Gains are Possible in Adulthood  Fragile X syndrome is recognized as a common genetic cause of autism and intellectual disability. Advancements made in treating fragile X also have implications for treating autism. This is why a recently published study in Nature Medicine has shown promise for the autism community. […]

April 26, 2021

Community Shares | April 27th

A new research article found that adults with autism have more difficulties coordinating brain responses during a conversation than neurotypical adults. The level of coordination of brain responses was also linked to problems with social communication.  UC Davis’ MIND Institute is currently recruiting children with autism ages 8-14 to take part in a new online […]

April 26, 2021

SafeMinds Says Farewell to Warrior Mother and Advocate Katie Weisman

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former SafeMinds board member Katie Weisman. Katie left us after a courageous 8 year battle with cancer. She leaves behind triplet sons who developed autism as toddlers, her husband Doug, and many friends in the autism community who are forever grateful for her contributions […]

April 26, 2021

Mobility Device Shows Promise for Perioperative Transfers for Children with ASD

Multi-position Configuration Mobile Chair-Bed Could Make Medical and Dental Procedures Less Traumatizing Guiding a typical child through a needed medical or dental procedure is challenging on its own, but managing a child with autism through a similar procedure can prove exceptionally stressful. Changes in routine, unfamiliar people, strange lights, new noises are all stressors that […]

April 26, 2021

Yale May Have Discovered Reason for the Female Protective Effect

Girls Require a Larger “Genetic Hit” than Boys to Develop ASD A recent Yale-led study has discovered that autism develops in different areas of the brain for  girls than it does for boys. The researchers involved in this study also found that girls have a larger number of genetic mutations than boys suggesting that females […]

April 26, 2021

New Report Details California’s Continuous Swell of Autism Cases

30 Years of Data Exposes ASD as a Massive and Escalating Health Crisis The National Council on Severe Autism (NCSA) along with Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area (SFASA) issued a shocking report earlier this month documenting California’s relentless surge of autism cases. Using data obtained from the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), their […]

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