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Photos Capture Challenges for Teens with Autism, Show Animals as Resource

A recent study showed that the use of photos, often of animals, can help teens and young adults with autism to more easily share accounts of their experiences and difficulties transitioning out of school and into the adult world. This exciting research contributes to ongoing efforts in our lab to facilitate the transition into adulthood [...]

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NDL Newsletter 2016

Click here to view summaries of our recent findings, notice of new studies, and ways to get involved!

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The A Word Airing on Sundance TV

New York, NY - NY Daily News OUT - 6/28/16 - Special NYC Screening of SUNDANCETV's Original Series "THE A WORD". -Pictured: Charlie Collier, Peter Bowker, Ilene Lainer, David Remnick and Eli Gottlieb -Photo by: Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix New York Collaborates for Autism has partnered with Sundance TV to promote the television series “The [...]

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July was Fragile X Awareness Month!

In the last year our lab has teamed with the Heartland Fragile X Alliance to fundraise and help spread awareness of fragile X related conditions by participating in the National Fragile X Foundation’s Let 'em know 5k run/walk event. We are also excited to celebrate Awareness Month by attending the 15th International Fragile X Conference this July, in San Antonio. [...]

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Psychiatric problems common in siblings of people with autism

A new study investigating mental health outcomes in siblings of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities (e.g., autism) reported increased risk of mental health problems in siblings of individuals with autism. We are currently studying similar questions in ongoing work in the NDL where we are examining whether mood, executive functioning, and parental stress may be related [...]

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A Single Species of Gut Bacteria Can Reverse Autism-Related Social Behavior in Mice

A new project in our lab builds on exciting findings from researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, who reported that the absence of one specific species of gut bacteria causes social deficits in mice reminiscent of symptoms of ASD in humans. Additional research has revealed the reporting of gastrointestinal problems in individuals with ASD.  In [...]

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NDL collaborating to help high school students with disabilities obtain jobs: New team of Interns graduate from Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism

Our lab helped to launch the Project SEARCH initiative at Northwestern, and we have been thrilled to have an intern in our lab each year since its inception. Project SEARCH is a now-global network of programs aimed at training young adults with autism to secure employment and excel in the workforce. Its outcomes fill an ever-growing need as [...]

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‘It’s Changed His View of Life’: Companies Find Hiring Autistic Employees Has Vast Benefits

Williams, CEO of suit-maker Hart Schaffner Marx, seeks to accommodate the communication and sensory needs of individuals with autism in the workplace setting by implementing repetitive and structured tasks which include visual cues. Additional companies (e.g., Microsoft) are following suit by launching pilot programs to hire individuals with autism. Our research lab collaborates with Project [...]

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Researching the “Loss” of an Autism Diagnosis

A recent investigation of individuals with autism who subsequently lost their diagnosis over time found evidence that these individuals were able to make such substantial gains in language and communication because they may have developed alternative pathways to process language in the brain. These exciting findings support the promise of a new project in the [...]

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Autism is Not Just a Disorder of the Brain, Mouse Study Suggests

Published June 9th in Cell Press, a mouse study revealed aspects of ASD inclusive of touch perception, anxiety, and social abnormalities linked to defects in peripheral nerves. Our research studies seek to investigate social language (pragmatics) use and how certain subtle social and language features may run in families and be tied to the genes implicated in [...]

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