From June, 2009

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By FRANK URQUHART Scottish scientists have paved the way for potential new treatments for autism after discovering a link between the condition and abnormalities in a gene important for learning and memory. The link was established by researchers at Aberdeen University following a study of four children with severe autism in the North-east of Scotland. They discovered that the children each had a rare re-arrangement of chromosomes that had disrupted a gene known as EIF4E. A spokesman for Aberdeen University said: “The resulting imbalance makes the brain more prone to the repetitive thought processes seen in autism. “The detection of…

Dr. Edward (Ted) Carr Will be Missed….

On June 20th, 2009, I learned that my dear friend and colleague Dr. Edward (Ted) Carr was killed in a car accident. By Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D CARD Founder and Executive Director Ted was the leading professor in the Department of Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Over the past 33 years, he published numerous papers on issues related to applied behavior analysis and positive behavior support in the home, classroom, workplace, and community. Ted lectured extensively, giving workshops in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He served on the editorial boards of 17 journals…

DH Autism Advisor Calls On All To Help Shape National Autism Strategy At Brookdale Care Conference

As posted online at Medical News Today… The Department of Health’s Specialist Advisor for Autism, Elaine Hill, has publicly urged practitioners, service users, their families and the general public to submit their views and case studies to the Government’s consultation on a National Autism Strategy at a national conference on the mental health needs of people with ASC that took place in London on Wednesday 17th June 2009 sponsored by autism care services provider Brookdale Care. One in 100 of the population of the UK has an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), yet there still remains minimal awareness of the condition,…

Edward Carr Killed in Auto Crash

Dr. Edward Carr in the psychology buildingat Stony Brook University. BY JENNIFER BARRIOS | Newsday A Stony Brook professor known internationally for his work on autism was killed after an intoxicated driver veered into opposing traffic and struck the professor’s car, Suffolk police said. Edward Carr, 61, of Setauket, was driving with his wife, 58-year-old Ilene Wasserman, east on Route 25A in Wading River about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when the collision occurred. Police said 66-year-old Michael Koss of Rocky Point was driving while intoxicated when he suddenly drove his 2004 Jeep Cherokee from the westbound lane into the eastbound lane,…

CARD Provides Free Specialized Services to Arizona Families Thanks to First Things First Grant

**CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE** CARD AWARDED GOVERNMENT GRANT TO HELP FAMILIES IN ARIZONA A First Things First grant will provide intense, short term behavioral intervention to families in crisis. Phoenix, Arizona – June 18, 2009 The Center for Autism and Related Disorders was awarded a $270,000 grant by the Northeast Maricopa Regional Partnership Council’s First Things First program, to provide behavioral health services to 200 families in their region. The grant was created to meet the regional need for short‐term, focused intervention for families whose children ages 0‐5 face significant behavioral, developmental or mental health challenges. “This grant will…

Study To Follow Pregnant Women To Better Understand Causes, Early Signs Of Autism

As posted online at Medical News Today… NIH and the advocacy group Autism Speaks are enrolling 1,200 pregnant women who have other children with autism spectrum disorders to participate in a large study that aims to identify early signs of the condition and its possible causes, the Wall Street Journal reports. Women who participate in the study — known as the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation, or EARLI, study — will be monitored throughout their pregnancies, and their infants will be monitored until age three. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 150 children in the…

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As posted online at Medical News Today… Most doctors need more training to spot the signs of autism, according to a new report. The study, from the National Audit Office, also found that around half of the estimated 400,000 adults in England with autism may be falling through the gaps due to a lack of services. This is because they do not have a learning disability and services are mostly set up for people with illness, physical or learning disabilities, and mental health problems. For more information about autism, visit www.centerforautism.com.

BREAKING NEWS: U.K. Autism Study Finds Prevalence one in 64

U.K. Autism Study Finds Prevalence one in 64By: Carin Yavorcik Autism Society Welcomes New Studyand Calls for Continued Focuson Supporting People with Autism in America A new study by researchers in the United Kingdom finds that the prevalence of autism in that country is much higher than previously thought. The current estimate of autism in the U.K. is one in 100. But the new study, led by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University, found that for every three diagnosed cases of autism, there are two that are not diagnosed meaning the true prevalence in the…