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May 03, 2021

Pediatricians Given Guidance for Spotting Abused Children with Special Needs

New Report Shows Kids with Disabilities are 3 x More Likely to Experience Abuse or Neglect The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently issued a clinical report providing new guidance to pediatricians on how to recognize and address the mistreatment of children with disabilities. Also included in this AAP report was an alarming statistic, children […]

May 03, 2021

Study Shows No Association Between Epidural Analgesia and Autism Risk

However Previous Recent Research Links the Two A new Canadian study has found no association between epidural labor analgesia (ELA) and the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in offspring. The results from this longitudinal study reported that 2.1% of children exposed to ELA later developed ASD, compared to 1.7% whose mothers did not utilize […]

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 to autism advocacy and science.

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 […]

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