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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 […]

November 14, 2022

Community Shares | November 14th 2022

A new case study examined the effect of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) on the gut microbiome of a 19-year-old with autism and motor dyspraxia. Contents of the FMT were obtained from a sibling donor. After the procedure, researchers found significant decreases in harmful gut bacteria and increases in beneficial gut bacteria in the teen. Incredibly, […]

November 14, 2022

Pet Ownership Linked to Better Mental Health Outcomes in Adults with Autism

New Research Shows Pets Help Manage Mood and Socializing for Those on the Spectrum British researchers have recently released a mixed-methods study investigating companion animal attachment for adults with autism. This research involved 735 adults, 326 of whom had autism. Study participants completed questionnaires that evaluated their social behaviors, autistic traits, and other factors. Pet […]

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