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November 28, 2022

Community Shares | November 28th 2022

A surprising new study published in Autism Research suggests that when specific differences are accounted for, individuals with autism can outperform neurotypical individuals when it comes to accurately recognizing the emotions of others. This research involved the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test and a cartoon version of the test. Both test versions were […]

November 28, 2022

Decreased Social Participation, Poor Social Adjustment, and Social Cognitive Deficits Detected in Children with Acquired Brain Injury

Should Kids with ABI Receive an Autism Diagnosis? Unfortunately, acquired brain injury (ABI) is a common cause of mortality and morbidity in young children. Various illnesses and injuries, including head trauma, stroke, seizure, infection, and cardiac arrest, can cause ABIs. ABI, from a primary neurologic diagnosis, accounts for approximately 20% of all pediatric intensive care […]

November 28, 2022

Zebrafish Study Shows a Well-Functioning Gut-Brain Connection Is Needed for Social Development

Research Focuses on Gut Microbes and Synaptic Pruning in the Brain University of Oregon researchers recently published a study that is the first to demonstrate that microglia are required for pruning neural connections in zebrafish larvae. This study also showed that an intact microbiota is necessary for routine pruning and typical fish social behavior. Additionally, […]

November 21, 2022

Community Shares | November 21st 2022

Research from Australia recently investigated how maternal autoimmune disease during pregnancy and early childhood infections influence a child’s brain development. The study discovered that having a mother with an autoimmune disease during pregnancy or being admitted to the hospital with an infection before age two increases a child’s odds of developing ASD. Surprisingly, children exposed […]

November 21, 2022

Meta-Analysis Reveals an Association between Autism and Gender Dysphoria/Incongruence

Evidence of a Link Should Raise Awareness of the Condition and Generate Screenings The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published a new study that shows a link between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and gender dysphoria/incongruence (GD/GI). The authors performed a meta-analysis that included 47 separate studies; five were conducted with children, 13 with children […]

November 21, 2022

Tips for a Sensory-Friendly Thanksgiving for Kids with Autism

Preparation Is Important for a Successful Gathering The holidays are often overwhelming for children on the spectrum due to busy traveling schedules, social gatherings, and different environments, which are often filled with new scents and new food. To have the most successful holiday experience, the Autism Society of Los Angeles shared five fantastic tips for […]

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