Introducing a modern approach to autism news and resources

Introducing a modern approach to autism news and resources

Updated: September 19, 2022 · 4 Minute Read

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Highlights

  • We’re excited to introduce Family Matters, a newsletter covering the autism space and the best resources to support what matters most: your family.

This issue was originally sent to our subscribers on January 19, 2022. Sign up for our newsletters here!

 

Artwork by Noi Williams, daughter of #autismdad Dr. Williams

 

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News

Autism diagnoses are increasing, most likely a result of improved services and more public awareness.
New data shows 1 in 44 children are diagnosed with autism. The last study in 2020 reported 1 in 54 children were on the spectrum. Experts say the rise is likely due to the improvements in identification, diagnosis, and referrals to services.

 

It’s now easier to find more inclusive and user-friendly games.
XBOX introduces accessibility feature tags. The added search features include Narrated Game Menus, Subtitle Options (larger font!), Full Keyboard Support, and Single Stick Gameplay. There are 20 new tags and more in development.

 

Research

Rødgaard, EM., Jensen, K., Miskowiak, K.W. et al. Childhood diagnoses in individuals identified as autistics in adulthood. Molecular Autism 12, 73 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13229-021-00478-y

 

It’s time to reimagine how we teach some children to talk.
Researchers at UC San Francisco have discovered that the part of the brain that regulates tempo also controls vocalization with breathing. This will help scientists understand how people speak and why some have trouble doing it. “A child may be hearing and learning language, but if the system that allows them to vocalize is different in some way, they just may not be able to coordinate the breath and movements to make the sounds,” said Yackle, MD, PhD, a senior author of the study. “If we know how that system is different, it might change how we’d teach some people to speak.” Full interview can be found on Science Daily.

 

Xin Paul Wei, Matthew Collie, Bowen Dempsey, Gilles Fortin, Kevin Yackle. A novel reticular node in the brainstem synchronizes neonatal mouse crying with breathing. Neuron, 2022; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2021.12.014

 

What you need to know…

What’s on our mind…

Autistic brains look different. Grandin’s MRI showed that her cerebellum was smaller than average, resulting in weak coordination. She also had an increased amygdala which is responsible for managing emotions and fears, resulting in Grandin’s acute anxiety.

 

The brain is highly adaptive. Constant practice of certain skills can lead to changes in the brain’s size. Breaking habits and reinforcing new ones are possible, but it’s important to focus on doing what you love!

 

Focus on your strengths. Grandin understands that her brain isn’t tuned for doing certain things. And her advice is a wonderful reminder for both parent and child: “Search for your talent and practice in the sphere where your natural abilities fit the most. It will make you happy.”

 

Did you know that…

We’ve partnered with bold.org to support students on the autism spectrum. Learn more about the scholarship here!

 

Cox, B. E., Thompson, K., Anderson, A., Mintz, A., Locks, T. Morgan, L., Edelstein, J., & Wolz, A. (2017). College experiences for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Personal identity, public disclosure, and institutional support. Journal of College Student Development, 58(1), 71–87.

 

On the bright side…

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