Research Articles

July 26, 2021

Sensory Friendly Clothing Line Launched for Kids With Disabilities

JCPenney Unveils New Private Brand of Adaptive Clothing  With back-to-school season shopping on the horizon, parents of children with special needs can breathe a sigh of relief. That’s because JCPenney has just launched their new line of adaptive clothing called Thereabouts.  According to the department store, their new line aims to celebrate the diversity of […]

July 26, 2021

Gender Dysphoria More Common in Young Adults with Autism

Mental Health Challenges and Childhood Trauma Correspond with Higher Incidence of Condition Previous cross sectional research has shown that people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to experience gender dysphoria. The reasons for this higher incidence have remained unclear, which is why an international team of researchers from Taiwan and Canada investigated the […]

July 19, 2021

Federal Appeals Court Overturns FDA Ban on Shock Devices for People with Developmental Disabilities

Court Determined FDA Regulating the Practice of Medicine The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled earlier this month, in a close 2-1 opinion,  that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) overstepped its authority when it issued a regulation last year banning a device that administers electrical shocks to people with developmental disabilities. […]

July 19, 2021

Individuals with ASD More Prone to Use Recreational Drugs to Self-Medicate

Adults 9 x More Likely to Use Illegal Substances to Manage Unwanted Autism Symptoms Recognizing the inconsistent findings regarding substance use among adolescents and adults with autism, a research team from the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge implemented an online survey to research the topic. Their anonymous online survey included 1,183 individuals […]

July 19, 2021

Diagnosticians Urged to Support a More Positive Autism Diagnosis Story

Changing to Strength-Based Approach Could be Key for Better Diagnostic Experience  A recent editorial featured in the journal Autism has given diagnosticians a lot to think about. In response to the intense pain and distress parents often feel after their child is diagnosed with autism, the editorial’s authors are encouraging clinicians to change the way […]

July 19, 2021

Adults with Autism at Higher Risk for Problematic Internet Use & Gaming Disorder

Impulse Control and Response Inhibition Deficits Can Lead to Internet & Gaming Addictions The majority of the 21 research articles included in a new systematic literature review have found positive associations between problematic internet use (PIU) and gaming disorder (GD) for adults with autism. Immediately into this research, the review’s authors needed to determine abnormal […]

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