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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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Stress Exposure During Pregnancy Observed in Mothers of Children with Autism

A recent study highlighted the important influence that stress may have on health –to both children with autism and  their mothers.  Our own lab is contributing to these questions through a study examining the types and severity of parenting stress experienced by mothers of children with fragile X carriers to better understand how the FMR1 [...]

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Talking Sense: What Sensory Processing Disorder Says About Autism

Discusses the importance of highly individualized treatment plans for individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities; our research studies explore various profiles (assessment of the Broad Autism Phenotype) occurring in families with autism and the influence of pragmatic language abilities and social characteristics.

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Through Play, Children with Autism Can Hone Thinking Skills

Cognitive abilities, language skills and executive functioning can influence the development of play skills in individuals with autism. Our research seeks to investigate these aforementioned domains (e.g., language use) in families of children with both autism and fragile X.

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Questions for Elizabeth Berry-Kravis: Dodging Mouse Traps

View our colleague and collaborator, Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, professor of child neurology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago discussing the challenges of assessing cognitive problems in fragile X mice. We collaborate with Dr. Berry-Kravis on studies to develop more sensitive and appropriate assessemnts of cognition that can be used outcome measures in treatment studies, and [...]

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Autism Can Be an Asset in the Workplace, Employers and Works Find

Employment opportunities and social services available to individuals with autism spectrum disorder: our research lab partners with Have Dreams, Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism, an internship program for individuals with ASD in their final year in high school. The program is designed to assist in obtaining competitive employment in the workplace.

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NDL team presents findings at the annual International Meeting for Autism Research

Our team recently presented exciting new findings at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Baltimore, Maryland. Presentations focused on results related to visual processing patterns linked with particular cognitive styles, characterizing genetically meaningful language profiles in autism, and understanding the implications of gastrointestinal disturbances for the clinical profile and underlying genetic causes of autism.

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Steve Silberman, author of Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, speaks at community event co-sponsored by the NDL.

Our lab helped to sponsor this terrific event, which joined community members, advocates, scientists, and the broader community to hear Mr. Silberman deliver an inspiring vision of acceptance and inclusion for indivdiuals with autism. Dr. Losh served on the discussion panel, along with colleagues from Rush University and Aspiratech, to welcome Mr. Silberman and pose questions for discussion with Mr. Silberman [...]

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