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external image pdf.png AutismCensusReport-Oct2009.pdfInteresting review of PA Census Report. Mary Ann

ABC article-Autism and Danger This is an interesting article from ABC that talks about autism and their inability to recognize unsafe situations. Renae

NAC findings.pdf This report provides the latest research on effective practices. Renae

Training peers improves social outcomes for some kids with ASD NIH-funded study finds engaging peers in social skills intervention may be more helpful than training children with ASD directly. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who attend regular education classes may be more likely to improve their social skills if their typically developing peers are taught how to interact with them than if only the children with ASD are taught such skills. According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, a shift away from more commonly used interventions that focus on training children with ASD directly may provide greater social benefits for children with ASD. The study was published online ahead of print on November 30, 2011, in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. "Real life doesn't happen in a lab, but few research studies reflect that," said Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a part of NIH. "As this study shows, taking into account a person's typical environment may improve treatment outcomes.http://www.nih.gov/news/health/nov2011/nimh-28.htm

Research identifies key autism intervention window The behaviour of pre-school children with autism improves the most in the first six months of early intervention, research at RMIT University has shown. Dr Helen Chau investigated early intervention in pre-school children with autism or developmental delay as part of her PhD research at RMIT, comparing the effectiveness of intensive, one-on-onetherapy sessions with more traditional centre-based early intervention approaches. Examining the impact of generic centre-based programs, autism-specific centre-based programsand home-based applied behaviour analysis (ABA) programs, Dr Chau found most behaviour improvement occurred in the first six months, irrespective of the early intervention approach taken. http://www.healthcanal.com/mental-health-behavior/24450-Research-identifies-key-autism-intervention-window.html

Autism Linked With Too Many Brain Cells, Study Finds Autism is linked with having too many neurons in the part of the brain responsible for communication, cognitive development and social skills, according to a new study. Researchers said the finding suggests autism may begin when the baby is still in the womb. Researchers from the Autism Center of Excellence at the University of California, San Diego found thatboys with autism had 67 percent more neurons -- called cortical cells, which are made before a baby is born -- than boys without autism. Their work was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/09/autism-brain-cells_n_1084897.html