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Drug Shows Success in Treating Social Withdrawal Behaviors in Children with Fragile-X

You may have heard the exciting news about a drug being studied that shows promise in treating social withdrawal behaviors in children with Fragile-X and potentially autism. We wanted to find out more information about this drug arbaclofen (or STX209) and its effects on Fragile-X, so we sat down with Bryan King, M.D. and Director of Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. King has been consulting with the pharmaceutical company that designed this drug and leading its trial at Seattle Children’s.

theautismblog: What is the relationship between Fragile-X Syndrome (FXS) and autism?

Dr. King: Fragile X Syndrome is a disorder associated with a specific gene defect. The product of the gene is a critical regulator of brain activity, and children with this disorder typically have significant cognitive and behavioral difficulties. In some studies, as many as 40% of individuals with FXS have an autism spectrum disorder. Since the underlying brain processes are being uncovered in FXS, and because of the overlap with autism, drugs that target FXS are of tremendous interest.

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Clean Up In Aisle 2- One Mother’s Story

Autism and the Kindness and Unkindness of Strangers: Part 3 of 5

Today’s video is part of a series of blogs that looks at the kind and sometimes unkind encounters that parents of children with autism sometimes face. Today we’d like to thank Katrina Davis, a parent of a child with autism, for sharing her story of a trip with her son to the grocery store.

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Good Cop, Bad Cop and Autism- One Mother’s Story

Autism and the Kindness and Unkindness of Strangers: Part 2 of 5

Today’s video is part of a series of blogs that looks at the kind and sometimes unkind encounters that parents of children with autism sometimes face. Today we’d like to thank Shannon Ramsey, a parent of a child with autism, for sharing her story of how one police officer’s understanding made all the difference when her son went missing.

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4 Ways to Help Your Young Adult with Autism Transition to Independence

Guest Writer: Ben Wahl, MSW

The importance of the young adult transition is becoming more recognized within the community of providers who work with young people on the Autism Spectrum. Now if we could just increase that awareness among providers who work with young people who are not on the spectrum.

All joking aside, young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a bellwether. They struggle with the transition from high school precisely because it is a difficult process. Having worked with young adults both neuro-typical and neuro-atypical, I have observed similar challenges for both. Read full post »

Seattle Children’s Autism Center Diagnostic Evaluation Process

Having your child evaluated for autism can bring much emotion and many questions. In an effort to help families who are waiting to be seen in our center, we asked our schedulers to tell us the most frequently asked questions they receive from parents when scheduling a child’s diagnostic evaluation. Here’s what they told us: Read full post »