A Complicated Landscape: Parents’ Perceptions of Stress, Control in Autism

Marina Sarris Interactive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger Institute ian@kennedykrieger.org A decade ago, Sarah S. Mire helped assess autism symptoms in children who came to Baylor College of Medicine in Texas for a research project. She got to know their families and appreciate the time they devoted to the Simons Simplex Collection (SSC), an autism study that recruited families at university centers throughout the United States and Canada. Like other families affected by autism,1-3 many […]

Autism Risk Determined by Health of Mother’s Gut

Summary: Researchers have successfully identified autism risk in young mice by examining their mother’s microbiome during pregnancy. The study, which may offer the earliest detection of autism, could pave the way to developing preventative measures against forms of autism by altering the maternal diet and probiotic intake. Source: University of Virginia Health System. The risk of developing autism-spectrum disorders is determined by the mother’s microbiome – the collection of microorganisms that naturally live inside us […]

Dyspraxia – Movement Difficulties in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

By Steven R. Wertz What is Motor Control and Why Does It Matter? Throughout the day, each of us performs numerous sequences of movements with little effort or thought, such as showering, brushing our teeth, dressing, driving, typing, etc. The list of these actions is vast, considering that most behavior involves muscle movement, including looking, talking, swallowing and even breathing. Some of the most complex motor movements take years of practice, such as the twists […]

Not on the Same Page: When Families and Doctors Differ on Autism

By:Marina Sarris Interactive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger Institute ian@kennedykrieger.org Families often come to psychologist Emily E. Neuhaus with one question: Does their child have autism? Maybe their concerns are their own, or come from the child’s pediatrician or teacher. Often families agree with her answer. “We’re on the same page as to how their child is doing. We see the same strengths and weaknesses. When that happens, they are more likely to agree with […]

With a Sense of Urgency Advocates Meet with Members of Congress

Arlington, Va., July 12, 2018 – Over 260 dedicated special education professionals from 46 states volunteered their time to storm Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and advocate on behalf of children and youth with exceptionalities, and their professional colleagues. At an early morning rally on July 10, Senator Cory Booker praised the advocates for their work, while voicing his concern for what he called a profession in crisis. “We must do all we can to prepare each […]