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Monday, August 6, 2012

Are Girls With Autism Being Underdiagnosed?; New, High Impact-Impact Studies Of Very Young Children; MEG To Study Brains

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Are Girls With Autism Being Underdiagnosed?

A recent study reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry suggests there may be gender bias in the diagnosis of girls with autism.

Typically, boys have higher rates of autism compared to girls by a factor of 4 to 1. After comparing data from 363 boys and girls with autism between the ages of ten and twelve, the researchers found that "the girls, rather than the boys, who met the criteria for ASD had a significantly higher prevalence of low intellectual levels and behavior difficulties."

Their study suggests girls are less likely to be diagnosed with ASD than boys. The study also suggests the gender bias may be due to girls possessing better adaptive or compensatory skills.

It is still unclear whether girls acquire such adaptive skills developmentally. It is also unclear whether there are shortcomings in the diagnostic measures used for ASD.
(ABC News and Examiner)

UC Davis Mind Institute And University of Washington Received Grant From Autism Speaks To Continue Research Into Novel, High-Impact Treatments For Very Young Children

With an almost $766,000 three-year grant from Autism Speaks, UC Davis and the University of Washington, will be conducting a new study focusing on enhancing the effects of parent-implemented interventions for the very youngest children with ASD (aged 12-30 months).

PATH (Parent and Toddlers with ASD at Home) is designed to help parents increase social and communicative learning opportunities for their children. Innovations include multi-modal materials, parent self-monitoring using internet technologies to enhance data collection and the use of video for parents and researchers.
UC Davis

The Children Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Using MEG To Study Brains Of Children With Autism

MEG or magnetoencephalography is not new technology. It was developed in the late 1960's. CHOP is now using this technology to study the brains of children with autism.

MEG works differently than CAT scans and MRs. "What this machine really is, is a brain-wave detector. It's picking up brain activity whether it's good activity or bad activity, "said Dr. Tim Roberts.

Researchers now know the timing and connections in the brain of those with autism are slowed. This, according to researches, results in a type of "traffic jam" in the brain. MEG is very useful because it shows how quickly signals move from one area of the brain to another.

This study could enable scientists and researchers develop targeted treatments. In addition, MEG has no side effects since there is no radiation.
NBC Philadelphia

Conference News

Tulsa Autism and Asperger's Syndrome Conference. Marriott Tulsa Southern Hills in Tulsa, OK. August 10, 2012.  Dr. Temple Grandin will be the featured speaker. For more information, contact: 800.489.0727