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Tag: behavioral interventions

December 2019
Cathy Lord in her office at UCLA

Catherine Lord: Lessons from a storied career in autism research

by  /  3 December 2019

Catherine Lord’s career has been defined by relationships: with mentors, protegees and, above all, with autistic people and their families.

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Two children brush teeth in bathroom

Severity predicts autistic children’s ability to learn life skills

by  /  2 December 2019

How well autistic children perform daily-living tasks tracks with their language skills and autism traits.

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November 2019
Eye over brain, with sound coming in at the ear

Sensory troubles may yield key clues to autism’s origins

by  /  26 November 2019

Studies of the brain’s sensory system may provide unique insight into the brain mechanisms that underlie autism and could point to possible treatments.

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Rethinking repetitive behaviors in autism

by  /  25 November 2019

Autistic people have long maintained that repetitive behaviors are beneficial. Emerging evidence in support of this idea is shaping new therapies.

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October 2019
Mother and son play with small toys on tabletop

New guidelines stand by medication for attention deficit, but some experts disagree

by ,  /  1 October 2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines yesterday upholding that central role of medications accompanied by behavioral therapy in ADHD treatment.

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September 2019
Child points to toy and talks to an adult

Therapy improves speech in autistic children with language delay

by  /  12 September 2019

A behavioral therapy called pivotal response treatment may boost the communication skills of autistic children with language delay better than do standard speech and autism therapies.

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Autism, through the eyes of a computer

by  /  4 September 2019

Autism traits are recorded predominantly by clinicians with their own subjective biases. Can technology do it better?

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August 2019
calendar showing busy ABA schedule with child's frustrated scribbles on top

How much behavioral therapy does an autistic child need?

by  /  27 August 2019

People tend to believe that, regardless of the treatment, more is always better. But is it?

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therapist in session with child, showing picture cards.

Studies of autism treatments lack standard yardsticks

by  /  21 August 2019

Clinical trials of autism treatments rarely use a consistent set of tools to measure efficacy, making it tough to compare the treatments.

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Test of ‘preemptive’ autism therapy detects few benefits

by  /  5 August 2019

An experimental behavioral therapy delivered by parents does not improve autism traits in babies who screen positive for the condition.

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