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4/21/2014

2013 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Now Available

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and the Office of Autism Research Coordination are pleased to announce the release of the 2013 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research in conjunction with the celebration of National Autism Awareness Month. The 2013 IACC Summary of Advances is a collection of brief summaries of studies selected by the IACC as the twenty most significant biomedical and services research advances in the field of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research in 2013.

 
 

4/15/2014

New Resources Focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder

The MCH Library at Georgetown University released a new knowledge path and set of resource briefs directing readers to a selection of resources about ASD screening, diagnosis, treatment, care, and impact on family life.

 
 

4/7/2014

DSM-5 Resources

The Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was released in May 2013, bringing with it several revisions to the criteria for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders. One important change was for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) classifications. AUCD's resource page on the DSM-5 and ASD includes select resources that network members have found to be helpful in understanding the changes to the criteria.

 
 

4/2/2014

IACC Issues Statement Regarding Implications of Changes in the Diagnostic Criteria for ASD

On World Autism Awareness Day, IACC issued a statement regarding the implications of changes in the diagnostic criteria for ASD that were made in the most recent update of the DSM. Of particular interest are the scientific, practice, and policy implications as DSM-5 is implemented in real-world settings, especially with respect to allocation of services.

 
 

4/1/2014

AUCD Celebrates April as Autism Awareness Month

On December 18, 2007, the UN General Assembly designated April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day, which was first observed in 2008. This UN resolution is one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days that brings world attention to autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disorder that affects as many as 1 in 68 children, according to new estimates from the CDC.

 
 

1/2/2014

Revised Autism Screening Tool Offers More Precise Assessment

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers -- Revised, with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F) -- is a free, two-step screening tool used to detect children likely to have autism. It is intended for use at regular well-child checkups for children 16 to 30 months old and has been shown to be much more accurate than earlier versions at identifying children who could benefit from further evaluation, according to researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health. The free tool is available online in more than 45 languages.

 
 

7/23/2013

Research Findings - Young Children with Autism Benefit Regardless of High-Quality Treatment Model

A new FPG Snapshot summarizes research results from a study finding that preschoolers with ASD who receive high-quality early intervention make significant positive gains during the school year regardless of the comprehensive treatment model used.

 
 

7/17/2013

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Releases New Study on Training Pediatricians to Decrease Wait Times for Autism Diagnosis in Children

A three-year study conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University, entitled concluded that training pediatric health care providers to identify and diagnose children with autism will increase speed and accuracy of autism diagnoses.

 
 

7/16/2013

Nisonger Center (OH UCEDD/LEND) Leads Team for Shakespeare and Autism Study

Faculty and trainees at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center UCEDD are collaborating with Kelly Hunter of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Ohio State Department of Theatre, and the Columbus Public Schools to assess the effectiveness of a drama-based autism intervention.

 
 

6/18/2013

Iowa Child Health Specialty Clinics Regional Autism Services Program Develops Informational Handouts in Iowa's Five Most Commonly Spoken Langages as Follow-up to "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Project

The Iowa Child Health Specialty Clinics Regional Autism Services Program has created informational handouts available for free PDF download in the five most commonly spoken languages besides English in the state, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Bosnian, and Laotian.

 
 

4/1/2013

AUCD Celebrates April as Autism Awareness Month

 
 
2013 Act Early Ambassadors in Atlanta

3/21/2013

25 Act Early Ambassadors Selected for 2013

Ambassadors will work as community champions with programs that serve young children and their parents to improve early identification of developmental delay and collaborate with state agencies and campaign partners to improve policy and programs for early identification.

 
 

3/20/2013

HRSA & CDC Announce New Autism Data

'Changes in Prevalence of Parent-Reported Autism Spectrum Disorder in School-Aged Children: 2007 to 2011-2012'

Findings: (1) The prevalence of parent-reported ASD among children aged 6-17 years was 2 percent in 2011-2012 compared to 1.2 percent in 2007. (2) The change in prevalence estimates was greatest for boys and for adolescents aged 14 to 17 years. (3) Much of the increase in the prevalence estimates from 2007 to 2011-2012 for school-aged children was the result of diagnoses of children with previously unrecognized ASD.

 
 

2/27/2013

The Four Kingdoms of Autism

A blog post by Dr. Thomas Insel, IACC Chair and Director of NIMH/NIH

"In the spirit of mapping the autism landscape and finding some common ground, I suggest four perspectives that currently separate the communities interested in the autism spectrum. The language, assumptions, literature, and societies that have grown up around each of these perspectives are so distinct, they have begun to represent different countries or kingdoms. Each has its own truths. And each too often fails to understand or even recognize that their truths may not apply to all kingdoms."

 
 

2/15/2013

NIH Awards $12.6 Million Autism Centers of Excellence Grants for New Research

Two CIDD Researchers Receive Grants

Drs. Joe Piven and Linmarie Sikich have each been awarded $12.6 million grants in the latest round of funding from the National Institutes of Health's Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) research program. UNC is one of only two institutions that have received more than one Autism Centers of Excellence grant.

 
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