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The X-Factor in Infertility and Neurological Health

The article in Scientific American discusses the lab's recent research findings with individuals with the FMR1 premutation, along with other research laboratories. Our research lab explores how the FMR1 gene can influence developmental domains by studying language, visual processing, and genetic factors in order to advance our understanding of the causes of fragile X in [...]

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Parents’ Traits Predict Autism Features in Children

Check out recent research findings from our lab that are highlighted in a recent edition of Spectrum!

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National Fragile X Foundation Advocacy Day

Beginning February 28th through March 1st of 2017, the annual event, “National Fragile X Foundation Advocacy Day” will be taking place. Our research lab advocates for the National Fragile X Foundation by hosting a Fragile X Awareness Walk annually at Northwestern University.

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Employing Adults with Autism

Autism Speaks, New York Collaborates for Autism (NYCA) and the Poses Family Foundation are expanding an innovative program to hire, train, and retain employees on the autism spectrum. Our research lab partners with Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University, which provides students with autism, who are in their last year of high school, [...]

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Film Screening & Panel Discussion at Northwestern University

On Monday, October 24th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, the Department of Communication Science and Disorders and the Department of Radio/Television Film at Northwestern University will be hosting the film screening and panel discussion for the award-winning documentary LIFE, ANIMATED, which depicts a man with autism, who uses animated films to learn communication skills.  

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Autism Risk In Younger Children Increases If They Have Older Sibling With Disorder

Results of a recent study indicate that younger siblings are 14 times more likely to develop autism if an older sibling has autism. These findings are particularly relevant to our NIH-funded family studies of autism that focus on understanding the transmission of autism and subtle autism traits over generations.

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Autism Genes Identified Using New Approach

A powerful new machine-learning approach has been developed to analyze the entire human genome. Putting this to use to study autism resulted in the identification of over 2000 new genes that may be linked to autism. These exciting results will inform the studies in our lab by providing new genetic targets that identify the genes [...]

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From the Community: High School Students Graduate from Autism Employment Program

Several students from Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism program at Northwestern University, a transition to employment program for students with autism, have graduated from the program. Our research team had the wonderful opportunity of supervising several of these students, who previously interned in our research lab!

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M&S Launch Autism-Friendly School Range

A retailer store has launched a range of school wear options that take into consideration the sensory needs of children with autism. One of our research projects includes tasks that address sensory sensitivity and tactile perception in families of individuals with autism. If interested in contacting us to learn more, click here:  http://ndl.northwestern.edu/contact-us-visit-us/

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Autism and Language: Do Children with Autism Really Struggle in Bilingual Environments?

Language use and development is a primary focus of the research in our lab, so we were excited to see new findings from a study examining children with autism who are raised in bilingual environments. This study showed that bilingual children with autism acquire vocabularies that are just as rich as monolingual children with autism. [...]

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