July 24 2013 Week In Review: Latest Research into Autism

Oxytocin of no benefit in autism therapy A new contradictory study in the prestigious Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders has discovered that oxytocin hormone did not show any extra benefit over placebo in improving autism symptoms.The study found that oxytocin nasal sprays did not improve social skills, emotion recognition, behavioural adjustment or repetitive behaviours […]

Social skills in autistics boosted after magnetic brain wave treatment

Results of the first clinical trial using magnetic wave stimulation autistic people, show an encouraging boost in the development of social interactive skills after treatment. The study conducted by the Monash University in Melbourne Australia involved boosting brain waves in the frontal cortex using rTMS, or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. Strong magnetic pulses were passed […]

Video to enhance social skills for autistic teens

Past studies have shown that the use of technology can assist in learning for individuals with autism. However, the use of video within a group setting had not previously been explored. Moreover, few interventions to help teenagers gain social skills have proven effective. Joshua Plavnick, assistant professor of special education at Michigan State University, and his […]

Mother’s fight against California school who are discriminating against her Diabetic and Autistic son

David Swanson is 21, a non-verbal Autistic, and to further complicate the situation, a Type I Diabetic. When David turned up to school in Sutter County California, both he and his specialised private nurse were turned away by school officials, which has started a crusade by his mother, Heather Ball Houston, against Sutter County Superintendent […]

Autism in Love

We all want to fall in love. We all want to find the one, settle down, have children and be happy. This can be a challenge for those of us with average intellectual, emotional capabilities and social skills. Imagine how much harder it is for those who lack the typical skills for developing social connections. […]

Free AutisMate Demo – YOUR Comprehensive App for Autism

SpecialNeedsWare, LLC, a New York-based software development firm established to improve and enrich the lives of those with special needs through modern technology, creators of the AutisMate app have released a free demo version of its iPad app for adults and children with autism called AutisMate LITE. AutisMate LITE gives users a taste of AutisMate, […]

The Best Robots for Children with Autism

Autism is a developmental disability that affects communication and social skills.  As the rate of diagnosed cases of autism continues to rise, researchers are searching for ways to help people afflicted by this complex disability.  Since many children with autism are naturally attracted to computers and technology, it follows that offering a product combining technology […]

System Helps Adults with Autism Learn to Cook

It is a known fact that people with autism learn differently.  This can make it challenging to learn the daily routines that are necessary in order to live independently.  A graduate student at Syracuse University has created a system designed to simplify the process of cooking for people with autism, which for some, could lead […]

Could Robot Therapists be the Wave of the Future?

Teaching social skills to children with autism has been a challenge for parents and educators alike.  Many children with autism are simply not motivated to interact with other people, but they do seem to gravitate towards technology.  This led some researchers to question whether combining technology and human characteristics could be an avenue to teach […]

Autism Research Review – May 2013

Brain cells created in lab. New hope for autism. A path breaking research was published in the journal Cell Stem Cell on 2nd May jointly by the Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research & Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. A team of scientists led by Stewart Anderson & Lorenz Studer produced interneurons in a laboratory simulating […]