Research

All Articles in the Category ‘Research’

Girls and Autism

We’re excited to post the following blog on a topic we don’t hear much about – girls and autism. Because they are in the minority when it comes to autism diagnosis, girls have not received attention as a unique subset of people with autism. That seems to be changing! Here’s what two of our colleagues at the University of Washington Autism Center, Sara Webb, PhD, and Katy Ankenman, MSW, shared with us about their study on girls and autism.

It is common knowledge that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is diagnosed more often in boys than girls. Current prevalence rates tell us that boys are at higher risk of ASD as the ratio of boys to girls with ASD is about 4.5:1. The Read full post »

Autism and Gastrointestinal (GI) Issues

What if you were granted one wish to change one thing for your child with autism?

However, the wish could not be taking away autism?

What would you wish for?

Better sleep? Better skills in communication? Better mood or behavior regulation?

For us, it would be resolving the GI issues that are a daily source of discomfort and an ongoing hindrance to progress in so many areas of her life. Be warned: this blog may sound like the television commercial that begins with that perky lady, asking “anyone here have constipation, diarrhea, gas?”  Read full post »

Autism and Recent Research

We often get queries from parents about research studies they hear about in the media. Often they relate to potential treatments and parents wonder if it is something they should try for their child.

In order to help parents better understand various studies, TheAutismBlog will post from time to time on studies we think worth mentioning. We’ll translate the scientific language found in peer-review journals and provide more depth than media sound bites, aimed at grabbing attention.

Today we share with you two studies focused on possible treatment for autism. Read full post »

Autism: Where Are We Today?

If you ever have the opportunity to hear Dr. Bryan King talk about autism, go! Dr. King has the unique ability to deliver complex information about autism in a concise and remarkably clear manner. His unique use of metaphors help make overwhelming and confusing information comprehensible. Dr. King skillfully addressed important topics such as the cause, treatments, new DSM criteria, and advancements in research at the Autism 200 class in January at Seattle Children’s.

Please take advantage of this rare opportunity to quickly update your knowledge and understanding regarding the state of autism in 2014. Watch Autism 201: The State of Autism in 2014.

Autism Prevalence Increase Announced

CDCYesterday, the CDC reported that autism diagnoses have increased 30% in the past two years. For today’s blog, Seattle Mama Doc, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, and Seattle Children’s Autism Center Medical Director, Dr. Charles Cowan, discuss what this increase means and how parents can best advocate for their children.

“Like a bell on a quiet night, I feel parents need to hear this most: we just want to connect children with the resources they need to thrive at home and at school and throughout their lives. Doesn’t matter what we call it, we want children of all backgrounds, of all resources, and all opportunity to be afforded the chance for a connected, lovely life. As a realist of course, I do know that numbers matter because it changes how we screen, how we Read full post »