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January 24, 2022

Economic Evaluation of School-Based LEGO Therapy

Report Shows Therapy Marginally Decreased Service Costs While Improving Quality of Life In 2003, clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Daniel LeGoff experimented with the thought of developing a social skills therapy utilizing LEGO bricks. He came up with this idea due to the natural attraction children with autism have to the brightly colored building toys. A year […]

January 24, 2022

Is Early Life Exposure to Air Pollution Associated with the Onset of Autism?

Review Searches for Vulnerable Subpopulations In the past decade and a half, more than 30 papers have examined the link between air pollution and the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Recently, a new systematic review has examined 19 of these papers in an effort to investigate how ASD susceptibility to air pollution varied among […]

January 24, 2022

Microbiome’s Influence on the Etiology of Autism is Far From Settled

New Response Suggests “Picky Eating” Isn’t Only Reason for Differences in Gut Microbiota An Australian study released last November claimed that gut health was in “no way a cause of why the brain develops differently” in individuals with autism. Moreover, lead author Chloe Yap and her colleagues concluded in their study that any observed microbiome […]

January 17, 2022

Maryland State Department of Education Vows to Prevent Restraint and Seclusion Practices in Their Schools

Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint Praises the Department’s Effort  A group of parents, advocates, and educators called the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint (AASR) applauded the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for issuing a press release last month pledging to take active measures to prevent the illegal and discriminatory use of restraint and seclusion […]

January 17, 2022

Oxygen Enriched Air Delivers a Beneficial Effect for Those with Depression

“Normobaric” Oxygen is Different from Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment  Individuals with autism are four times as likely to experience depression compared to people without the disorder. Given this statistic, a new pilot trial out of Israel is particularly relevant for the autism community. In the study, Israeli researchers discovered that treating mild to moderately depressed individuals […]

January 17, 2022

Infections During Pregnancy May Affect Fetus’ Brain Development and Primes Immune System for Inflammatory Attacks

Researchers May Have Found the Missing Link Between ASD and the Gut-Brain Connection   Through the use of mouse models, researchers from Harvard Medical School and MIT may have discovered the connection between autism and gut-brain dysfunction. The scientists behind this study found that infections during pregnancy can lead to high levels of the inflammatory signaling […]

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