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December 21, 2020

Move Over Dogs, Cats Provide Many Benefits for Children on the Spectrum

New Study Examines the Effects of Shelter Cat Ownership in Families Dealing with ASD Remarkable increases in empathy and significant decreases in problem behaviors including bullying and hyperactivity/inattention, coupled with less separation anxiety are some of the benefits children with autism exhibited after a cat was introduced to their household. These exciting findings come from […]

December 21, 2020

Holiday Tips for Families Dealing with Autism

Canadian Organization Offers Advice on Getting Through the Season The holidays are upon us. Although this year will not be quite as busy as prior holiday seasons, the change in routine which occurs in December can be stressful for children and adults with autism. In order to make this time of year easier and less […]

December 21, 2020

Feds Award Millions to Individuals with Disabilities Affected by COVID for Housing

More than Three Dozen States to Receive Funds for Rental Assistance The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be awarding over $130 million through two different housing initiatives for people with disabilities. The first HUD effort provides $86.85 million through funding vouchers to public housing agencies for non-elderly individuals with disabilities who […]

December 21, 2020

The Autism Research Institute is Recruiting Families to Participate in a Harvard Medical School Study

ARI is Searching for Brothers and Sisters with ASD From the announcement: Participate in Research: Seeking families who have boy and girl siblings diagnosed with ASD Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Autism Research Institute are investigating whether the reason why boys are more affected than girls is related to differences […]

December 21, 2020

Similar Social Cognition Impairments Found in Schizophrenia and Autism

Matching Differences Detected in Emotion Processing and Theory of Mind Deficits in social cognition are characteristics found in both schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSDs) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Historically,  these two different disorders have been examined separately and evaluated by contrasting means. However, a new systematic review and meta-analysis of 36 studies compared social cognition […]

December 14, 2020

Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Autism in Male Offspring

Findings from an Australian Study May Explain Why ASD is More Common in Boys than Girls A new study published in Molecular Autism suggests that maternal vitamin D deficiency could be the reason that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more than four times more common in boys than girls. Researchers from the Queensland Brain Institute […]

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