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Balancing Work and Working Out

January 23rd, 2017 | Posted by Patrick in Articles - (0 Comments)

Today’s office workers have the tendency and ability to be more sedentary than ever before thanks, in part, to advancements in technology, transportation, and entertainment. This sedentary lifestyle can have some negative health implications. A New York Time article, “Work. Walk 5 Minutes. Work“ written by Gretchen Reynolds highlights the importance of getting up and moving during the workday.

Top Ten Autism Research Stories of 2014

January 12th, 2015 | Posted by Patrick in Articles | Blog - (0 Comments)


The following are Autism Speaks’ “Top Ten” 2014 stories in autism research based on readership and social media shares.

#1 New Meta-analysis Affirms No Association Between Vaccines and Autism

A meta-analysis of ten studies involving more than 1.2 million children affirmed that vaccines don’t cause autism. The analysis found that immunization with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine was associated with a slight decrease in risk.

#2 Physical Evidence that Autism Starts During Prenatal Development

Researchers found a common pattern of disruption in the prenatal brain development of children who had autism. Their study, supported in part by Autism Speaks, analyzed the donated post-mortem brain tissue of 11 children with autism and of 11 unaffected children. In 10 out of the 11 ASD cases, they found recurring patches of abnormal development in layers of the cerebral cortex that form during prenatal development. By contrast, they found these patches in just 1 of the 11 children unaffected by autism. The researchers propose that early intervention may help the brain “rewire” around these disturbed areas.

#3 MSSNG: Changing the Future of Autism with Open Science

This historic collaboration between Autism Speaks and Google is queueing up 10,000 anonymous autism genomes and making the data freely available for research anywhere, anytime. “We don’t know enough about autism. MSSNG is the search for the missing answers.”

#4 Broccoli-Sprout Extract Shows Promise for Easing Autism Symptoms

In a small placebo-controlled trial, sulforaphane supplements eased autism symptoms in nearly half of 29 participants affected by autism. Experts called the results “promising” but cautioned that larger studies were needed to determine effectiveness and safety.

#5 Studies Implicate Early Injury to Cerebellum as Major Cause of Autism

In a review of published studies, Princeton researchers said they found strong evidence that injury to the cerebellum during pregnancy or birth may be the leading nongenetic cause of autism. A small but crucial brain region, the cerebellum sits near the base of the skull and is best known for coordinating movement. During brain development, it plays a crucial role in directing cross wiring to other brain regions.

#6 Brain Study Suggests that Autism Involves Too Many Synapses

Researchers analyzing donated postmortem tissue from children affected by autism found that their brains had a significant surplus of connections between brain cells. These excess synapses appeared to result from a slowdown in the normal pruning process that occurs during brain development. The investigators then used a mouse model of autism to show that they could restore normal synaptic pruning and reduce autism-like behaviors with an experimental medication. They called for further research that might advance to a clinical trial involving people with autism.

#7 Study Links Specific Gene to Autism Subtype

Researchers linked a specific gene mutation to a newly identified subtype of autism. Experts hailed the finding as a crucial step toward using genomic testing to develop individualized treatments for autism spectrum disorder.

#8 Autism’s Subtle Early Signs: More Findings from Infant Eye Tracking

Another Autism Speaks “Baby Sibs” study found that even earlier differences in social attention – this time at 6 months – flag high risk for autism. The researchers called for the development and testing of very early interventions that engage at-risk babies in enjoyable activities that involve shared attention.

#9 Autism ‘Baby Sibs’ Study Identifies Another Early Red Flag

Researchers with the Autism Speaks Baby Sibling Research Consortium used eye-tracking technology to discover that babies who begin showing decreased interest in facial expressions at 8 months go on to develop more-severe autism symptoms by age 3. The authors expressed hope that this early red flag signaled an important window of opportunity for early intervention that improves outcomes.

#10 Autism and GI Disorders: Largest-Ever Analysis Confirms Strong Link

The first meta-analysis of all peer-reviewed research on autism and gastrointestinal conditions showed that children with autism have four times the rate of GI problems as do other children. At the forefront of this research, Autism Speaks launched an unprecedented initiative funding major investigations into autism’s gut-brain connect.

Readers will find autism research news at: http://www.autismspeaks.org/research.

Six ways for parents to help their ADHD children enjoy holiday celebrations without behavior problems, family conflict, or ADD symptom flare-ups.  Dr. Carol Brady’s article provides several tips to help children have a happy holiday season.

This article is available at http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/900.html


Happier Mornings for ADHD Households:  Make-over your morning! Our expert tips can help ADHD adults, children, and even their parents get up and out the door on time, every time.  Dr. Patricia Quinn’s article provides a number of helpful tips for those of us who struggle with getting out of the door on time in the morning.

This article is available at http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/1019.htm

You probably already know that early treatment can help mitigate the more severe symptoms of autism. While diagnostic tools are far more sophisticated now than even a decade ago, clinicians today can only begin to assess and diagnose autism in children around the age of two. As a result, researchers have been working on developing ways to detect autism at an earlier age.

Recent research has shown that there may be a possibility of detecting autism in infants as young as six months of age. In a study published by the American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers used a brain imaging test to measure “white matter,” a specific form of nerve activity in the brain. The testing revealed that infants with higher risk of autism had different growth patterns in the brain’s nerve fibers than those who did not. The researchers stressed that this is a preliminary study, and does not mean that early diagnosis is now possible. However, it does indicate that great strides are being made in the effort to identify infants with the highest risk.

As scientists continue to make headway in the work of early detection of autism, it is important to remember to stay attuned to your children’s behavioral changes. Early treatment is one of the best ways to help your child.

The study abstract is available at http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleid=668180

We provide developmental evaluations to assist with the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In addition, we offer social skills groups as well as counseling and rehabilitation therapy for children with ASD. If you or someone you know would like more information contact our office at (503) 352-0240.

A study based on information collected from 920 parents suggest an estimated 46.3% of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were victims of bullying, substantially higher than the national prevalence estimates of 10.6% for the general adolescent population. The rates of perpetration of bullying (14.8%) and victimization/perpetration (8.9%, i.e., those who perpetrate and are victimized), were about equivalent to national estimates found among typically developing adolescents.

The results indicated that victimization was related to having non-Hispanic ethnicity, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, lower social skills, some form of conversational ability, and more classes in general education.

The study indicated that “future interventions should incorporate content that addresses the core deficits of adolescents with ASD, which limits their verbal ability to report bullying incidents.”

The study abstract is available at http://tinyurl.com/8jdt2q4

We offer social skills group  as well as counseling/therapy for children with ASD to help cope with bullying.  If you or someone you know would like more information contact our office at 503-352-0240.

According to a recent research study in APA’s online journal, Psychology of Popular Media Culture, teens who play rated Mature, risk glorifying video games are more likely to engage in risky driving behaviors (e.g., tailgating, speeding), be stopped by the police, experience increased rates of automobile accidents, and are more willing to drink and drive that than teens who do not play these games.

The study found that playing video games such as Spiderman 2, Grand Theft Auto III, and Manhunt was associated with increases in sensation seeking, rebellious behaviors, and self-reported risky driving. Higher ratings of sensation seeking and rebelliousness was more directly linked to risky driving habits, automobile accidents, police stops, and a willingness to drink and drive.

The study abstract is available at http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/ppm/1/4/244/

Social Skills | Teens with Autism

October 5th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Articles | Blog - (5 Comments)

Here is a wonderful article on social skills and why they are important. The article is focused more on children/teens with Autism, however there is good information for any child that is having difficulty in social situations. There are also a few tips on activities to do at home that reinforce socially acceptable behavior with your children.

Teens with ASD: Social Skills – Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)

Remember that Social Skills Groups start on January 30th, 2013. Sign your child up for this winter therapy group and help them get a head start on social interaction with peers this school year. Groups are facilitated by a Clinical Psychologist and an Occupational Therapist who specialize in work with children.

We are located in Beaverton, OR right off 217 and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. Call Kristin our Office Manager at 503-352-0240 for more information.