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12/20/2022

AIR-P Presents: Environmental Health and Gene-Environment in Relation to Autism

This presentation will review literature on environmental factors, and gene-environment interactions, for autism and related traits and discuss gaps and needs for future research studies. Topics will include: -How do environmental factors contribute to Autism? -Autism comes from both genetic and environmental factors, though few studies have examined them jointly. -Future research needs to more frequently examine modifiable exposures and impacts on traits and disabilities associated with autism.

11/14/2022

AIR-P Research Day at AUCD 2022 Conference

This in-person, 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). This event is part of the AUCD 2022 Conference.

11/08/2022

AIR-P Presents: The Role of Minority Stress for Autistic People's Health

In this talk, Dr. Botha will discuss the relevance of the Minority Stress Model for understanding health outcomes in the autistic community. The minority stress model posits that marginalized groups have an additional stress burden to contend with related to living in unequal society. This stress burden can translate into health inequalities. Yet, there are also factors which may buffer against these effects such as community connectedness, collective resilience, and positive identity, and the creativity of marginalised communities in facing minority stress should not be ignored.

10/18/2022

AIR-P Presents: Evaluating the Use of Flexible Seating for Neurotypical and Neurodivergent Children

In this webinar, Laura will begin by discussing the research to practice gap in autism education, before emphasizing the need to take a collaborative approach when it comes to meeting the needs of autistic young people in school. Laura will then focus on a case example of a research-practice partnership, where researchers at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) worked collaboratively with staff from an inclusive school for children aged 4-11 years, to evaluate the use of flexible seating in classrooms.

09/20/2022

AIR-P Presents: Sensory Inclusive Clinical Spaces: Guidance for Providers

The urgency for sensory considerations in clinics has never been more pressing as clinical services transition from remote to in-person. Dr. Nunez will present strategies to create sensory inclusive clinical spaces for patients of all ages. The webinar will focus on outpatient clinical care and methods to support patients that will benefit from sensory considerations in medical care.

08/16/2022

AIR-P Presents: Involving Community Partners in Autism Research

This presentation by Dr. Lisa Croen and Dr. Maria Massolo from Kaiser Permanente will: -review the principles of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) -discuss its late arrival to the field of autism research highlighting the ongoing contributions of AASPIRE -review US government support of patient centered research through PCORI funding. They will illustrate the benefits of collaborating with community partners by presenting a project in which a team of researchers and a team of autistic community advocates are co-producing autism research.

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).

07/19/2022

AIR-P Presents: Systems Approaches in Autism Services Research

This webinar will be presented by Dr. Dora Raymaker, on the following topics: -An overview of systems approaches to inquiry, including systems thinking and action research -An overview of relevant concepts and methodologies within these approaches, including leverage, generative causality, system dynamics, and critical systems heuristics -Using leverage to identify how to create to long-term change through intervention -Real-world examples of using systems approaches within autism employment research and public health

06/21/2022

AIR-P Presents: Autism in Girls and Women

In this webinar, Dr. Christine Wu Nordahl will provided an overview of current research focused on understanding autism in girls and women. Topics included 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.
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