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Study on Motor Skills and Autism

Researchers Megan MacDonald and Catherine Lord have found that kids between ages 1 and 3 can be a whole year behind in fine motor skills (grasping, picking things up, holding a crayon). You can add this to the "duh" file including “Children with autism tend to have gut problems!” and “Children with autism tend to have problems writing!”

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Genetic Test for Autism

Lineagan Labs has a $5000 genetic test that may help diagnose autism.

http://fox13now.com/2013/02/24/new-genetic-test-may-improve-autism-diagn...

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Sensory Integration Study Review Shows Ineffectiveness

University of Texas scientists reviewed 25 Sensory Integration studies and found there was no benefit to the therapy.

http://www.utexas.edu/news/2012/11/19/popular-autism-treatment-lacks-sci...

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Opportunity to Participate in Parent Massage Study - Free Treatment for Participating Children

Western Oregon University’s (WOU) Teaching Research Institute (TRI) is currently recruiting children with autism under age six for a parent massage study. Participants are being recruited from the Portland, Salem, Albany/Corvallis, and Eugene areas, and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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40% Children 6-17 Receive Behavioral Intervention

About 40% of children ages 6-17 "who currently use selected health care services" receive behavioral intervention, according to a study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health. Also included in the study were:

Social skills training - 58.79%
Speech or language therapy - 57.68%
Occupational therapy - 42.72%
Behavioral intervention or modification - 39.66%
Cognitive based therapy - 27.52%
Sensory integration therapy - 20.16%
Physical therapy - 17.84%
Complementary and alternative medicine - 17.35%

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Autism Only 38% Tied to Genetics

An article in the San Francisco Chronicle that says:

Those rates, along with the expected rates scientists would find if autism was entirely genetic or entirely environmentally caused, were plugged into a mathematical equation, and researchers determined that only about 38 percent of autism risk could be tied to genetics.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/04/MNG01K5FK7.D...

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Writing Study Ties Autism To Motor-Skill Problems

An NPR Article indicates:

Many children with autism not only struggle with social skills and communication, they also have great difficulty with handwriting, according to a new study in the journal Neurology.

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National Study of Vitamin/Mineral Supplement for Autism

Enrollment is underway for study at Arizona State University Parents and caregivers are invited to enroll individuals with autism to participate in a research study on of a new liquid Vitamin/Mineral Supplement. This study has been approved by the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board at Arizona State University. Purpose: The Purpose of the study is to evaluate the possible effectiveness of a new vitamin/mineral supplement in reducing the symptoms of autism. This will be a national study for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.

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Student Research

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCHER at Alliant International University under the supervision of Dr. Alan Lincoln WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR PARTICIPATION IN A CONFIDENTIAL STUDY INVOLVING PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM Who can participate? - Biological mothers and/or fathers of children diagnosed with autism between ages 3 to 12 - Parents who are either married or living with a partner - Parents living in the same home as their child diagnosed with autism - Parents who only have one child diagnosed with autism - Parents who are not raising children with other ASD diagnoses,

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