Ruth Dunigan is proud. Her son, David, is excelling at a full-time job and managing his money well enough to buy his first vehicle, a silver Jeep Liberty. Those may seem like ordinary things for a 25-year-old, but David is not ordinary. He is among a tidal wave of people with autism who have made the transition from school to adulthood recently. Follow his journey.
Elopement and Wandering and autism
Be honest: how many times have you read the results of a new autism research study, and rolled your eyes? "Tell me something I don't know," you say. Do you wonder why scientists spend their time studying things that seem kind of, well, obvious? Find out why researchers do the things they do.
A new IAN Research survey is delving deeper into the elopement and wandering patterns of children and dependent adults with autism, and looking at the prevention strategies that caregivers implement.
Children with autism often share an unusual relationship to sound, either ignoring or fearing it. Scientists have many questions about it. Chief among them: What causes sound sensitivity in autism and what treatments work? How does this affect someone's ability to engage in everyday life?
Studies say that children and adults with autism are at risk for an inactive lifestyle and obesity. While the reasons are subject to debate, it's clear that people with ASD often face unique challenges to physical fitness.
Watch an online presentation, or webinar, on autism-related topics.
Autism Research Survey Results - Live
Advocates looking for reliable data to support programs that benefit people with autism often mention the Interactive Autism Network.
Dr. Paul Law presents findings from a recent study on wandering and elopement in children with ASD and presents strategies for caregivers (video).
A study published October 8, 2012 in the journal Pediatrics (Epub ahead of print) found that nearly half of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are reported to wander or bolt, an