Research Articles

December 07, 2020

Government Report Details Special Education Struggles During Pandemic

Delivering Related Services to Students at Home Proved Extremely Difficult  The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report fulfilling their monitoring and oversight responsibilities under last March’s CARES Act. In this report, the GAO examined challenges and experience gained during last spring’s distance learning due to COVID-19. The research team studied two vulnerable […]

December 07, 2020

Gut Dysbiosis Found in One Triplet with ASD

Other Two Neurotypical Triplet Siblings Had a Healthy Gut Microbiome The link between gastrointestinal symptoms and autism has long been established. Numerous prior published studies have shown significant differences between the gut functioning of children with autism to non-autistic controls.  Recently, a new report from scientists at the Wake Forest School of Medicine had an […]

November 30, 2020

Mayo Clinic Links Antibiotic Use in Infancy to Autism

Association Affected by Frequency, Type and Timing New research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that infants and toddlers who were given antibiotics were more likely to develop serious health conditions later in childhood. The Mayo Clinic research team investigated over 14,000 children born in Olmsted County, Minnesota. Seventy percent of these children received at […]

November 23, 2020

Behaviors of Adults with ASD are Strongest Predictor of Caregiver Burden

New Research is First to Study Functioning Levels Related to Caregiver Fatigue Researchers from Eastern Michigan University surveyed 320 parents of adults with autism to investigate their daily caregiving duties as it relates to caregiver stress. Parents included in this research were over the age of 50, about the time many caregivers realize the weight […]

November 23, 2020

Autism Sociodemographic Groups Recently Reversed

Incidence Rates Now Higher within African American and Asian Communities When autism diagnoses began to increase during the 1990s, the prevalence rates were historically highest among Caucasians and those of higher socioeconomic status (SES). This trend continued for years. However, a new research article published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences of […]

November 16, 2020

Barriers and Facilitators to Treating Insomnia in Children with Autism, Other DDs

Parents and Professionals Report Significant Challenges Insomnia is highly prevalent in children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs), yet little research exists on sleep treatment access, utilization, and provision in these groups. Canadian researchers conducted focus groups and interviews with parents and professionals regarding knowledge and interventions for sleep disorders among children with an […]

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