Understanding Why Autistic People May Reject Social Touch:
A new study offers insight into why some people shrug off physical touches and how families affected by autism may learn to share hugs without overwhelming an autistic child’s senses.
High-speed brain mapping will ‘let us understand autism and schizophrenia’
Neuroscientists have developed a brand new way of making detailed images of whole brains. They have created a mechanical system of taking sections of brain samples, taking images of them one after the other and at precise angles in two-photon microscopes.
The new technology, Serial Two-Photon Tomography, or STP tomography, will allow the study of ‘susceptibility genes’ that appear in brains with schizophrenia and autism, paving the way for improved study into the devastating conditions.
Great posts on apps for autism.
Here’s one from “tech teacher” that caught my eye:
Just thought I’d drop in and let you know that I’ve been working with and training teachers in ipad technology for the past year. Both for ASD children (my own included) , other kids with intellectual disabilities and mainstream kids.
The beauty of the this technology is not so much “which app” but the engagement it can bring to all … the creative uses are virtually limitless. It is this aspect that I try to get across is that it is your insight in to your own child that will bring the maximum benefit. From exploring music , art , reading , augmentative communications , puppetry, special interests ….
One other simple thing … the ipad is an expensive piece of technology so do not just purchase for a child to use exclusively. Share in the family … I use it , both my children use it at differing times and now my wife uses it. (To play music and relax.)
Even at school … if your child does bring it or it is part of their individual education plan … share it. One way to open up cross talk amongst peers and open up new relationships … whilst your child is not using iot why let such an elegant piece of technology rust away , so to speak.
Just for fun … my top app for high functioning ASD ( which may be myself - undiagnosed) are the comics. They come up beautifully on the 10 inch screen. Accessing relevant literacy muy favourite for the older kids.”
This article features a study that showed premature babies were being falsely diagnosed with autism because the tests were being done too early. The study was small and only pertained to premature babies, but it’s interesting since it’s so rare to come across ANYthing that suggests one can act too soon when it comes to autism.
SUNDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) — Doctors are erroneously diagnosing autism spectrum disorder in many 18-month-old toddlers who were born extremely premature, a small new study suggests.
This new study reported by CNN might show that autism is even more prevalent than we thought:
South Korean study may lead to higher autism estimates
By Miriam Falco, CNN
May 9, 2011 10:29 a.m. EDT
(CNN) — Researchers believe the number of children who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is much higher than previously believed, according to a new study published Monday in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
By looking at a total population sample in South Korea, the study authors estimate that 1 in 38 children in the country — or 2.64% — has some form of autism. The approach is a new one. Previously, researchers have examined only children known to have the neurological disorder or at high risk of developing it.
The autistic spectrum: from theory to practice
This unit offers a review of psychological research and practice aimed at understanding and explaining autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) and helping people who have them. The discussion ranges from problems of identification and diagnosis, through theoretical research into causes, to an evaluation of selected therapeutic approaches. The chapter highlights the diversity of perspectives that exist in this area. It draws on the personal testimony of people with autism and their families, as well as on more formal sources of evidence. It will be of relevance to all those who are interested in autism, whether from an academic, practical or personal perspective. The coverage is necessarily selective: it poses many questions for consideration, but does not claim to offer definitive answers.
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