Autism breakthrough researchers identify possible treatment

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Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World by Raun K. Kaufman

As a boy, Raun Kaufman was diagnosed by multiple experts as severely autistic, with an IQ below 30, and destined to spend his life in an institution. Years later, Raun graduated with a degree in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and has become a passionate and articulate autism expert and educator with no trace of his former condition. So what happened?

Thanks to The Son-Rise Program, a revolutionary method created by his parents, Raun experienced a full recovery from autism. (His story was recounted in the best-selling book Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues and in the award-winning NBC television movie Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love.) In Autism Breakthrough, Raun presents the ground-breaking principles behind the program that helped him and thousands of other families with special children. Autism, he explains, is frequently misunderstood as a behavioral disorder when, in fact, it is a social relational disorder. Raun explains what it feels like to be autistic and shows how and why The Son-Rise Program works. A step-by-step guide with clear, practical strategies that readers can apply immediately—in some cases, parents see changes in their children in as little as one day—Autism Breakthrough makes it possible for these special children to defy their original often-very-limited prognoses. Parents and educators learn how to enable their children to create meaningful, caring relationships, vastly expand their communications, and to participate successfully in the world. An important work of hope, science, and progress, Autism Breakthrough presents the powerful ideas and practical applications that have already changed the lives of families all over the world.
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Autism symptoms and new approaches to treatment. July 29, — Neuroscientists have identified a brain region linked to altered The researchers used stem cell technology to analyse the read more become synchronized during a music therapy session, a breakthrough that could improve future read more.
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Scientists in Ireland make autism breakthrough

Scientists based in Dublin believe they have identified a region of the brain specifically affected by autism spectrum disorder. Scientists who carried out research in Trinity College Dublin are believed to have made an important breakthrough as to the cause of autism, identifying a region of the brain that may be specifically affected. By discovering the part of the brain associated with social deficits in those with the condition, it is hoped that new types of therapies can be developed. Comparing the differences between the two groups, the team now believes that they have identified the region in question — the gyrus of the anterior cingulate cortex. This is generally the part of your brain that responds when somebody else finds something surprising. While other studies have revealed this as a possibility before, this is the first clinical study to show it is true. Balsters said.

Read More. PsychENCODE researchers are discovering the biological mechanisms by which mental illness risk genes work in the human brain. High levels of maternal inflammation during pregnancy have been linked to effects in children, including reduced brain circuit communications and altered long-distance brain wiring at birth, poorer cognitive function at one year — and to reduced impulse control and working memory at two years. Young people with autism unknowingly tuned up flagging neural connections by playing a picture puzzle game that was rigged by their own brain activity. A new study has identified an association between paternally-inherited rare structural variants in noncoding segments of genes and the development of autism spectrum disorder ASD.

Please refresh the page and retry. Two studies showed a new molecular approach was capable of helping people with the disorder empathise with others. Experts are hailing the outcomes of the drug trials because, so far, licenced medication for Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD does not address core symptoms, such as problems with social communication and repetitive behaviours. Scientists at Stanford University adopted the new approach having spotted that modulating the pathway of a hormone called vasopressin in animals could change their behaviour. In a trial of adult men with moderate or severe ASD, those who were given a high oral daily dose of a drug called balovaptan for 12 weeks displayed improvements in socialising, adaptive behaviour and daily living skills compared to those given a placebo. Meanwhile 17 children between the ages of 6 and 12 were given high intranasal doses for four weeks. A final trial stage involving a larger number of patients is now necessary before the drug could be licensed for people with ASD, which affects a pproximately one in 60 children.

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A breakthrough in finding the mechanism and a possible therapeutic fix for autism and intellectual disability has been made by a University of Nebraska Medical Center researcher and his team at the Munroe-Meyer Institute MMI. Woo-Yang Kim, Ph. Kim said. Recent studies have shown that the disorder occurs when a first-time mutation causes only one copy of the human AT-rich interactive domain 1B ARID1B gene to remain functional, but it was unknown how it led to abnormal cognitive and social behaviors. Autism spectrum disorder ASD impairs the ability of individuals to communicate and interact with others. About 75 percent of individuals with ASD also have intellectual disability, which is characterized by significant limitations in cognitive functions and adaptive behaviors.

New research suggests that it may be possible to predict a child's risk for autism before behavioral symptoms present. Researchers say they were able to identify with more than 90 percent accuracy which babies would go on to be diagnosed with the developmental disorder by age 2. The findings published Wednesday could be a game changer, pointing to the possibility of identifying children on the spectrum at far younger ages and before behavioral symptoms become apparent, researchers said. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research suggests that autism intervention is most successful the earlier it begins, so scientists are eager to find reliable methods of spotting the disorder at younger ages. The study looked at infants considered to be at high risk for autism because they had an older sibling with the developmental disorder and 42 low-risk infants.

In the same way that each person with ASD has a unique personality and profile of talents and disabilities, each also has a distinct developmental history shaped by a specific combination of genetic and environmental factors. As president of the International Society for Autism Research , which sponsors the conference, I am more impressed than ever with the progress we are making. New findings being presented at the conference will highlight the importance of the prenatal period in understanding how various environmental factors such as exposure to alcohol, smoking and certain chemical compounds can increase risk for ASD. Other research links inflammation—detected in blood spot tests taken at birth—with a higher likelihood of an ASD diagnosis later on. As our knowledge of these risk factors grows, so do the opportunities for promoting healthy pregnancies and better outcomes.

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