Research Articles

August 23, 2021

Relationship Between Environmental Factors for Children with Autism

Research from Cyprus Identifies Various Maternal and Neonatal Factors Linked to ASD  Last month, SafeMinds Shares reported on nine new research papers that investigated environmental factors during prenatal and neonatal periods. These studies associated inflammation, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, chlorpyrifos, lead, methylation problems, low vitamin D levels, and PFAS exposure as possible culprits for the […]

August 23, 2021

Transitioning Students with ASD Back to On-Campus Learning

UC Davis MIND Institute Experts Offer Advice for a Smooth Change Heading back to school this year is going to be unique for all students. But it will be especially unique for kids with autism, who are more likely to experience extra challenges while transitioning back to full-day classroom learning. To assist with this change […]

August 16, 2021

Premature Birth and Autism Strongly Connected

“Dose Response” Relationship Identified by Large Swedish Study Over 40 years of Swedish birth and health data has demonstrated a strong correlation between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and premature delivery, according to a new analysis published in Pediatrics. This national cohort study used records from all 4,061,795 singleton infants born in Sweden between 1973-2013, who […]

August 16, 2021

Puppets Shown to Attract and Hold the Attention of Kids with Autism

Yale Study Suggests Using Puppets as a Social Therapy Tool Difficulties with making eye contact and keeping attention with social partners is one of the early hallmarks of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). New research from the Yale Child Study Center set out to address these common problems for young children on the spectrum. The center […]

August 16, 2021

Autistic Traits Associated with Phthalate Exposures at Susceptible Developmental Times

Boys Showed a Stronger Link Between Exposures and Autism Symptoms Than Girls A new South Korean study has concluded that there are susceptible developmental periods of time that phthalate exposure can be linked with autistic traits. Specifically, the study’s authors found that exposure to phthalates during pregnancy is associated with autistic traits in young children […]

August 09, 2021

Newly Approved Pediatric Prolonged-Release Melatonin Shows Success for Treating ASD Related Insomnia

Benefits Include Increased Sleep Time, Reduced Sleep Latency, & Improved Sleep Continuity Approximately half of the individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including children, experience sleep disorders. Adequate sleep plays a critical role in the neurological, psychological, and physical development of children and adolescents. Sleep deficits have been associated with hyperactivity-impulsivity, poor cognitive performance, and […]

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