June Digest

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National News

Parents Can Use New App to Diagnose Autism — Is This a Good Idea?
Healthline – The release of the new Autism & Beyond app gives parents the ability to prescreen their young children for autism spectrum disorder — without the assistance of a medical professional.

Dr. Ronit Molko Calls For Innovation And Advancement Of Autism Services In New Book
Forbes – In Autism Matters, Dr. Molko—cofounder of Autism Spectrum Therapies—takes a critical look at the autism services industry and calls upon providers, clinicians and investors to innovate the current model of service delivery, forge new programs and create opportunities that will better equip autistic individuals with the skills they need to build quality, self-determined, independent adult lives.

Children With Autism Left Behind By Low Medicaid Rates
Huffington Post – Medicaid reimburses medical providers less than other payers. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, on average, Medicaid pays providers 72 percent of what Medicare, the federal health plan for the elderly, pays for the same services. The disparity is even greater between Medicaid and private insurers.

 


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Research

Growth Spurt in Head, Skeleton Mark Autism in Boys
Spectrum – Boys with autism have smaller heads, are shorter and weigh less at birth than their typical peers do — but all that changes by age 3, a new study suggests. The new work is among the first to link autism to rapid skeletal growth.

Study: Drivers With Autism Just As Good As Other Motorists
Disability Scoop – People with autism appear to have more difficulty than others when first learning to drive, but a study suggests that with practice, they can be just as skilled behind the wheel.

Autism Linked to Diabetes
MSN – New research has found mothers with diabetes – of any type – are more likely to have kids with autism. Women who develop gestational diabetes before their third trimester are most at risk.

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Education

Students Never Heard Teen With Autism Speak Until His Powerful Graduation Speech
InspireMore – Sef Scott may not speak very often. But when he does, it’s best to listen up. He’s the last person anyone would’ve expected to speak at the Plano Senior High commencement ceremony in Frisco, Texas, last weekend. But allowing for the unexpected was the whole point of his speech.

 

Technology

Personalized ‘Deep Learning’ Equips Robots for Autism Therapy
Science Daily – Researchers have now developed a type of personalized machine learning that helps robots estimate the engagement and interest of each child during these interactions, using data that are unique to that child.

Mobile App for Autism Screening Yields Useful Data
MedicalXpress – A Duke study of an iPhone app to screen young children for signs of autism has found that the app is easy to use, welcomed by caregivers and good at producing reliable scientific data.

 

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Teens & Adults

Where Autistic Workers Thrive
Fortune – Social interaction and communication skills can be a challenge for people with autism spectrum disorder, but companies looking to hire untapped talent for tech-related jobs are discovering that those with autism are unusually detail-oriented, highly analytical, and able to focus intensely on tasks, making them valuable employees.

 

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May Digest

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National News

7 Theme Parks Changing The Game For Guests With Autism
MSN – Theme parks are a popular choice, but for kids with autism and other sensory disorders, these destinations can be tricky and overwhelming. Across the country, some theme parks and similar venues are paving the way by making their entertainment more inclusive.

How Geography Influences Autism Treatment
DisabilityScoop – A new study finds that children residing in the Northeast are most likely to have tried a variety of therapies while kids in the South are more commonly taking medications.

Study Shows Minorities Widely Underrepresented in Autism Diagnoses
MedicalXpress – In education circles, it is widely accepted that minorities are overrepresented in special education. New research from the University of Kansas has found, in terms of autism, minorities are widely underrepresented in special education.

Autism Care Becomes More Personalized with Help of “Master List” of Core Skills
The Autism Site – Both the “International Statistical Classification of Diseases” (ICD) and the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM) take a person’s symptoms into consideration, but neither are very concerned with daily function or quality of life.

 


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Research

Social Smells Evoke Unusual Responses in People With Autism
SpectrumNews – People with autism use different brain regions than typical people do to distinguish between the scents of familiar and unfamiliar individuals.

EEG Signals Accurately Predict Autism as Early as 3 Months of Age
ScienceDaily – A new study shows that inexpensive EEGs, which measure brain electrical activity, accurately predict or rule out autism spectrum disorder in infants, even in some as young as three months.

 

 

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Education

How Colleges Can Prepare for Students with Autism
SpectrumNews – Increasing numbers of young adults with autism are pursuing a college education. Many campuses are not ready for them.

 

 

Technology

Can This Ai-Powered Baby Translator Help Diagnose Autism?
Wired – Called Chatterbaby, the free app analyzes changes in frequency and patterns in the sound to silence ratio to tell parents why their kiddo is crying.

Fitbit-Like Device Shows Promise In Predicting Autism Aggression
DisabilityScoop – A system that uses a digital wristband and a mobile app could someday predict future outbursts among children with autism, allowing family members and helpers to prevent and prepare for episodes.

 

 

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Teens & Adults

What Helps Adults With Autism Get and Keep a Job?
WebMD – More than two-thirds of adults with autism are unemployed or underemployed, and a new survey identifies some of the most significant barriers — and benefits — to work.

The Benefits Of Employing People With Autism
Forbes – Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Not a term that rolls off the tongue easily but increasingly big corporations such as Microsoft and SAP have launched programs to attract candidates with ASD for roles which require certain skill sets.

 

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