Autism, Not Hereditary Traits, Affects Motor Skills

Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered that autism, not hereditary traits, is the cause of impaired motor skills in those with Autism.

The study was conducted by studying 144 children from 67 different families where at least one child had a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder with at least one biological sibling in the same age group. Children were tested by observing them performing various tasks like placing pegs in a pegboard, cutting with scissors, copying forms, imitating movements, running, throwing a ball and doing push-ups. Continue reading

Treating Autism – An Array of Options

Trawling the internet for literature on autism treatments can be a daunting task.  As you start digging, you’ll find dozens of options available.  As every child’s needs are different, it is nearly impossible to find the “best” treatments.

Below are a selection of some of the most well known and researched treatments most likely to have a positive outcome.  However, it is important to remember that often treatment options work best when used in conjunction with others.  Trial and error can be the best way to figure out what treatment plan will best suit an individual’s particular issues.

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Brain Development in the Conditions of Autism

On September 14th, 2011 it was announced that the first biologically distinct subtypes of brain development in the conditions of autism has been uncovered by the world’s most comprehensive and largest investigation of children with autism.

The discoveries are very similar to the first biological subtypes of cancer discovered in the 1960’s. This discovery aided to a better understanding and awareness to the causes of cures, effective treatments, health policies on cigarette smoking & the ban of any further use of asbestos. It is believed that factors that are the cause for autism are similar to cancer, genetics, the immune system and the environment. It has since been identified that over 200 biological subtypes of cancer have been discovered. Continue reading

ICARE4AUTISM BRINGS THE LATEST RESEARCH TO THE NEGEV

Partners with Soroka Medical Center and ALUT in Region’s First Autism Conference

(Beersheva, Israel – September 8, 2011) On September 5th, a group of 120 biomedical researchers, educators, clinicians and parent/advocates from throughout Israel’s Negev region met in Beersheva for a daylong conference about the latest advances in autism research and treatment in Israel and throughout the world.

This historic conference – the first such regional autism gathering ever held in Southern Israel – was convened by the International Center for Autism Research and Education (Icare4autism), working in close collaboration with Dr. Gal Meiri of Soroka’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service of the Soroka Medical Center and ALUT. Continue reading

2012 Conferences

January 27-29, 2012 – Association for Behavioral Analysis International (ABAI) – 2012 Autism Conference – Philadelphia, PA  http://www.abainternational.org/events/autconf2012/index.asp

February 22 – 25, 2012 – Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) 49th Annual International Conference – Chicago, IL  http://www.ldanatl.org/conference/index.asp

February 28-29, 2012 National Autistic Society – in Manchester, UK – Program schedule  for 2012 conference will be available in September 2011  http://www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/nas-conferences/our-forthcoming-conferences/professional-conference-2012.aspx Continue reading

Study Finds Children with Autistic Sibling Face High Risk

The largest new study was conducted across the U.S., Canada and Israel on younger siblings of children with Autism in an effort to uncover more information on the genetic component to the disorder.

Researchers found that the second child runs of risk of 19% in developing the disorder. The risk rises if the second child is boy, with the likelihood of a one in four chance. In comparison, if the second child is a girl the re-occurrence rate is 9%. 664 infants participated in the study, each with at least one sibling diagnosed with Autism. The infants were monitored from 6-8 months of age to 3 years. Continue reading

Brain Sync in Children with Autism

A recent study led by Dr. Ilan Dinstein of the Weismann Institute of Science in Israel sheds some new understanding on the biology of the condition of autism. The study, conducted on a group of 72 normally sleeping children between the ages of 1 and 3-1/2 years, shows that the two areas of the brain commonly associated with language and communication were found to be out of sync in children with autism.(jpost.com) Continue reading