A decade ago, hundreds of families began gathering in clinics across North America to take part in an autism research project. They gave blood, answered questions, took tests. How have these 2,600 families influenced our understanding of autism today?
Simons Simplex Collection (SSC)
A new study sheds light on weight challenges for youth with autism – and points to possible solutions.
Register for an Oct. 25 webinar with Ernst VanBergeijk on "Employment and ASD: Preparing for the World of Work." Dr. VanBergeijk, director of the Lesley University Threshold Program, will discuss strategies that people with autism can utilize to increase their chances of employment.
Something very curious happens to some children with autism when they have a fever. Find out what it is, and what it may mean for our understanding of autism.
If work is a cornerstone of adult life, how well do we do in helping people with autism find and keep jobs? A U.S. study looks at efforts by state vocational rehabilitation agencies to prepare people on the spectrum for the workforce.
In autism, lost sleep means more than just a drowsy morning: it's linked to serious problems. A new study of children with autism shows that those who slept less also had lower intelligence scores and more severe autistic symptoms than kids who slept more.
Most parents experience stress, but for those raising children with autism, everyday life often brings Stress with a capital S, from managing behavior and therapies to school problems. More than a few studies report that parents of children with autism experience more stress than other parents do. What can families do to cope?
How one mom pushed to get a diagnosis for her son's rare condition, find other children like hers, and amass a database of symptoms. She calls herself a "crazy obsessed, highly caffeinated, middle of the night, internet stalking, Mommy-Detective." And she has the ear of researchers on three continents.
Antipsychotic drugs have become something of a "go-to" treatment for the most severe behavior in autism. They're prescribed frequently to children and adults. What are the risks and benefits?
Among their many contributions to autism research, the families in the Simons Simplex project have given us insight into the lives of girls on the spectrum.