Research Articles

October 10, 2021

Research on Nightmares Conducted on Children with Autism

Study Also Examined Nightmares in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Typically Developing Kids Nightmares are commonly defined as disturbing mental experiences that awaken the dreamer. They typically occur during the REM sleep cycle and include negative emotions of terror, fear, and anxiety. The first nightmare experience tends to happen around three years old […]

October 03, 2021

Study Shows Oxidative Stress and Impaired Methylation are Hallmarks of ASD

Building upon a previous study which demonstrated that gene expression of B12 and folate-dependent enzyme methionine synthase was lower in individuals with autism, a new study has shown that oxidative stress (i.e. low antioxidant levels) and impaired methylation are telltale signs of autism.

September 16, 2021

Investigating Levels of Physical Activity in Adults with Autism and Intellectual Disability

Adults on the spectrum with co-occurring intellectual disability have an increased risk for developing obesity, hypertension and diabetes compared to neurotypical adults. Lack of physical activity has been linked to developing these adverse health conditions. Additionally, physical inactivity is recognized as a severe public health problem and the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.

September 13, 2021

Does Fidgeting Drive You Crazy?

You are Not Alone, 33% of the Population Has Sensitivities to Fidgeting  Fidgeting is a common feature of autism. It is sometimes referred to as “stimming”.  Approximately 80% of children with autism have some type of movement disorder. Fidgeting or stimming are sensation-seeking behaviors that can ease feelings of anxiety, frustration, or boredom. Examples of […]

September 13, 2021

Infant Gut Microbiome May Contribute to Fear Response Trajectory

Study Examines Microbiome Content for 1-Month and 1-Year Old Infants  The microbiome is the collection of trillions of microorganisms that colonize the digestive tract. Each person has a completely unique microbiome, made up of a network of microbiota originally determined by their DNA. The microbiome develops rapidly during the first year of life. Previous research […]

September 06, 2021

Videoconferencing Opens Up a New World to an Adult with Autism

Ph.D. Science Student Becomes Closer to Colleagues Via Zoom During the Pandemic Anya Lawrence is a Ph.D. student who lives in Great Britain. She is also an adult with autism. Anya recently wrote an insightful article that describes how virtual meetings, necessitated during the pandemic, introduced her into a less stressful work and social environment. […]

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