autism research

Nearly Half Of Children With Autism Wander Or “Bolt” From Safe Places

Nearly Half Of Children With Autism Wander Or “Bolt” From Safe Places

A new study found that nearly half of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are reported to wander or “bolt,” and more than half of these children go missing.

Autism More Prevalent Than Thought In Adults With Learning Difficulties, Study Finds

Autism More Prevalent Than Thought In Adults With Learning Difficulties, Study Finds

A study released by researchers from the University of Leicester has revealed a previously ‘invisible’ group of adults with autism within the UK. The study found that 60% of men and 43% of women with profound learning difficulties have autism, refuting previous estimates of lower rates of autism within these specific groups. The finding is vital as it can lead to new support services for those adults who have autism and learning difficulties.

University of Utah and Google Working Together for Autistic Children

University of Utah and Google Working Together for Autistic Children

Researchers at the University of Utah have been working with Google’s Project Spectrum to help teach jobs skills to children with Autism. The workshops not only help children to develop new skills which could help them with future career opportunities, but also have helped the children to develop new social interaction skills. Additionally, the workshops are providing parents of Autistic children confidence and optimism that they can go on to develop genuine social relationships with others.

Genetic Variants Rewire Brain In Autistic Patients

Genetic Variants Rewire Brain In Autistic Patients

Researchers at UCLA have demonstrated how genetic variants rewire the brain in autistic patients. Examining the role of the CNTAP2 gene, which is believed to boost the risk of autism, researchers discovered a difference in connectivity between the left and right sides of the brain, depending on which version of the gene the patients carried. This research could provide a positive outcome in developing treatments for re-balancing the brain circuitry for autistic patients and promote a more normal neurological development.

PTCHD1 Gene Mutation Linked To Autism In Boys

PTCHD1 Gene Mutation Linked To Autism In Boys

Researchers have discovered a link between mutations in the PTCHD1 gene on the X-chromosome and an increased risk of developing autism in boys. As males inherit both X and Y chromosomes, the genetic mutation could explain why boys are four times more likely to develop ASD than girls, who carry double X chromosomes.

NSF And Carnegie Mellon Join To Develop Tools To Diagnose Autism

NSF And Carnegie Mellon Join To Develop Tools To Diagnose Autism

Carnegie Mellon researchers are teaming up with the NSF to create and develop new tools to assist with diagnosing and treating for Autism.

Lack Of Evidence To Support SSRI Treatments For Autism

Lack Of Evidence To Support SSRI Treatments For Autism

New research shows that SSRI antidepressants should not be recommended for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders as there is a lack of evidence as to their effectiveness.