AUCD WEEKLY

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08/10/2022

AIR-P Research Day at Autism CARES 2022

This virtual, semi-annual event is an opportunity to highlight innovative life course intervention research  supported by the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P).
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06/21/2022

AIR-P Presents: Autism in Girls and Women

In this webinar, Dr. Christine Wu Nordahl will provide an overview of current research focused on understanding autism in girls and women. Topics will include biological and clinical theories about: -the difference in the sex ratio of autism -current insights into neurobiological sex differences in autism -unique challenges faced by autistic girls and women

05/17/2022

AIR-P Presents: Tele-therapy for autism during COVID-19: A survey of parents in Southern California

In this webinar, Dr. Kristen Choi will discuss emerging evidence on using telehealth to deliver therapy to children with autism spectrum disorder (e.g., speech therapy, occupational therapy, applied behavior analysis). Using data from a recent survey of parents in Southern California, the mental health impact of the pandemic on parents and their children will be discussed, as well as how COVID-related stress affected perceptions of telehealth.

04/26/2022

2022 UCEDD TA Institute

This year's TA Institute will be a virtual event over 4 sessions. Attendees will have an opportunity to network, hear from our federal partners, and learn of new initiatives, national trends, and other information vital to the administration of the UCEDD Programs.
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04/19/2022

AIR-P Presents: Autism Acceptance Month Double Webinar

This month, AIR-P celebrated Autism Acceptance Month with two webinar presentations! We held a back-to-back webinar session as follows. 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET: The Intersection of Autism, Health, Poverty and Racial Equity (2022 National Autism Indicators Report (NAIR)). This presentation will be provided by Dr. Lindsay Shea and Dr. Kristy Anderson from Drexel Autism Institute. 1-2pm PT / 4-5pm ET: Why Studying Puberty in Autism Research Matters. This presentation will be provided by Dr. Jenny Mai Phan, postdoctoral fellow at University of Wisconsin Madison.

03/15/2022

AIR-P Presents: A to Zzzzs of Sleep and Autism

Dr. Rujuta B. Wilson provided education on sleep difficulties in autism in this webinar. The following areas were addressed: (1) prevalence and diagnosis of sleep difficulties in autism, (2) the current knowledge in the field of why sleep difficulties occur in autism, and (3) behavioral and pharmacologic treatment for sleep difficulties.

02/15/2022

AIR-P Presents: How can we use an understanding of the neurodiversity movement to develop socially valid supports for autistic people?

After introducing common aims and controversies surrounding the neurodiversity movement, this presentation will empirically examine how support for the neurodiversity movement intersects with perspectives about socially valid "intervention" goal among autistic and non-autistic stakeholders.
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01/18/2022

AIR-P Presents: Bolstering Autistic College Students' Mental Health and Wellness

Drawing on findings from his dissertation research, Nachman discusses how autistic college students make sense of and reconcile challenges related to their mental health and wellness. He describes the influence of an autism-specific college support program in enabling students to think through emergent issues and determine solutions that support their well-being. Nachman will relay study insights and practical recommendations for colleges to implement.

12/14/2021

AIR-P Presents: What's Medicaid Got to Do with It? National Research and State Innovation to Improve Health Outcomes

Join us for updates on how the latest national research indicates autistic individuals are gaining, maintaining, and using Medicaid that point toward areas for policy and program change. Experiences from Pennsylvania, a state with two of the first and only Medicaid programs to serve autistic adults, will describe how practice is unfolding on the ground and where research is needed to improve health outcomes.

09/24/2021

AIR-P Presents: Genetics Care in Adults and Children with Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Current advances in our knowledge of the genetic contributions to physical health and its integration into medical care have generated both opportunities for advancing healthcare and critical gaps in knowledge on its impact. We will introduce the landscape of genetic advances for individuals with neurodevelopmental differences, from diagnostics to ancestry and predictive risk. We will also explore the current state of genetics within healthcare, the role of early diagnosis on outcomes, opportunities for implementation of individualized interventions, and discuss future directions for this advancing field.
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