From January, 2009

Autism Spectrum Disorder May Be More Prevalent Among Children Born Very Prematurely

Science Daily (Jan. 30, 2009) Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC), in collaboration with other medical centers, have found that children born more than three months premature, are at three times the risk for screening positive on the modified checklist for autism in toddlers (M-CHAT). Children who screen positive on M-CHAT may be at greater risk for developing autism. The Council on Children with Disabilities of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians screen for an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) if there are concerns about the child’s development. One of the ASD-specific…

Legislature Proposes Autism Registry

Studies show Autism affects millions of families across the country. New Mexico lawmakers are taking steps to try and determine just how widespread the disorder is.Tuesday, a Senate committee unanimously approved legislation that would create a statewide voluntary autism registry. Another bill in the works would mandate insurance coverage for autistic children through high school. “We’re way behind the curve and families are struggling mightily so something needs to get done no matter what is happening budget wise,” said Liz Thompson, a mother of an autistic child. Supporters feel it would save the state money in special education and corrections…

New Study Further Disputes Vaccine-Autism Link

By Carla K. Johnson, Associated PressA new study from Italy adds to a mountain of evidence that a mercury-based preservative once used in many vaccines doesn’t hurt children, offering more reassurance to parents.In the early 1990s, thousands of healthy Italian babies in a study of whooping cough vaccines got two different amounts of the preservative thimerosal (pronounced thih-MEHR’-uh-sawl) from all their routine shots.Ten years later, 1,403 of those children took a battery of brain function tests. Researchers found small differences in only two of 24 measurements and those “might be attributable to chance,” they wrote in the February issue of…

CARD’s Partnership with Otis College of Art and Design Gets Stronger

By Michele Jaquis, CARD Videographer/Editor For the third semester in a row, CARD is partnering with the Integrated Learning Program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles to offer the course “Creative Solutions to the Autism Epidemic.” The partnership began a few years ago when Otis faculty were asked to propose courses for the new IL Program. Michele Jaquis, who’s been teaching at Otis since fall 2000 and working at CARD since 2001, first as an ABA therapist and more recently as a videographer/editor, knew right away what organization she wanted to work with. She spent the…

Comedy Night to Benefit Children with Autism

Get ready to laugh until your stomache hurts! Some of New York’s most up andcoming comedians are joining forces for a spectacular … Comedy Night to BenefitKids with Autism When: Sunday, Feb. 15 @ 8pm Where: The Comedy Club 2235 Empire Blvd – Webster, NY Doors Open: 7 pm Must be 18 + Tickets: $10 To purchase your tickets, contact: Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) 6th North Main Street, Ste 110 Fairport, NY 14450 Or Call: 585-377-6590 x 22 Proceeds from this event benefit Autism Care and Treatment

Autism Screening Tops the President’s Medical To-Do List

By Nancy Shute, US News and World Report Whitehouse.gov launched at 12:01 pm Wednesday, even before the new president had taken his oath of office on the Capitol’s West Front. Autism is the only disorder or disease mentioned explicitly in Obama’s 24-point agenda. Heart disease and cancer don’t get the call. Neither does diabetes, or other chronic diseases. But there are four hefty bullet points addressing autism. Obama called for:1. Increased funding for research, treatment, screenings, public awareness and support services for autism spectrum disorders. 2. “Life-long services” for people with autism spectrum disorders, as children and as adults. Many…

Alison Singer Announces Her Resignation as Executive Vice President of Autism Speaks

Disagreement on Vaccine Research Prompts Departure NEW YORK, NY (January 15, 2009) – Alison Tepper Singer, executive vice president of communications and awareness for Autism Speaks, today announced that she has resigned from her position with the advocacy organization, effective next month. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to help to build this organization into the preeminent autism advocacy group — the group that has, in fact, elevated the word “autism” to the global vocabulary,” said Singer. “I am grateful to Autism Speaks founders Bob and Suzanne Wright for their leadership, insight, commitment and for the tremendous support…

CARD Reveals Outcome of First Arizona Early, Intensive Behavioral Therapy Study

In 2006 the Arizona state Legislature and Governor Janet Napolitano approved $3.6 million funding for a two-year comprehensive outcome study to evaluate the effectiveness of early, intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as a treatment for autism. The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) was selected to administer the treatment and spearhead the study in Phoenix. Now, one year later, the 16 children have shown promising results. Amy Kenzer, PhD, BCBA, CARD’s manager of Research and Development says, “At this point, all of the children in the Arizona grant have received services for approximately a year and a half.…

Testosterone Levels Linked To Autistic Traits

Exposure to high levels of testosterone in the womb is related to the development of autistic traits. This is the conclusion of groundbreaking research published in the British Journal of Psychology on 12th January 2009, which found that levels of testosterone in amniotic fluid were linked to children’s autistic traits up to ten years later. Psychologists Dr Bonnie Auyeung, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen and their team at the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge measured the levels of foetal testosterone in the amniotic fluid of 235 women who underwent amniocentesis during pregnancy. Years later these mothers completed questionnaires that…