PR Newswire: Autism Science Foundation Launches Novel ‘Participate in Research’ Website Directory (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Autism Science Foundation Launches Novel ‘Participate in Research’ Website Directory (PRESS RELEASE). “ASF’s new ‘Participate in Research’ directory on its website makes it easier for families to find and enroll in studies. Families who use this new directory can search by age, topic of interest, or geographical location. Autism researchers can list their research studies in this new directory. This is the only available searchable directory open to all individuals and their family members, and is free of charge.”

ScienceDaily: Virtual reality game to objectively detect ADHD

ScienceDaily: Virtual reality game to objectively detect ADHD. “Researchers have used virtual reality games, eye tracking and machine learning to show that differences in eye movements can be used to detect ADHD, potentially providing a tool for more precise diagnosis of attention deficits. Their approach could also be used as the basis for an ADHD therapy, and with some modifications, to assess other conditions, such as autism.”

MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Smartphone Apps for Children With Autism

MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Smartphone Apps for Children With Autism. “The Google Play Store is flooded with apps for children to enjoy, but many are designed for entertainment and early learning. There is an underserved population of children, though, that has another set of needs: children with autism. For the parents of these children (and I am one of them), it can be a struggle finding digital resources to help your children learn about the complex world around them. So we’ve selected some of the best Android or iPhone apps you can use below.” Mostly learning/social understanding type games, with a little AAC thrown in.

Autism Science Foundation: ASF Launches Novel ‘Participate in Research’ Website Directory

Autism Science Foundation: ASF Launches Novel ‘Participate in Research’ Website Directory. “The Autism Science Foundation (ASF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding innovative autism research and supporting families facing autism, today announced the launch of the ‘Participate in Research’ directory on the ASF website. The new searchable directory is intended to increase participation in autism research by making it easier for families to find and enroll in studies. Families who use this new directory can search by age, topic of interest or geographical location.”

Vanderbilt University: VKC introduces new toolkits promoting neurodiversity, self-determination in early childhood services

Vanderbilt University: VKC introduces new toolkits promoting neurodiversity, self-determination in early childhood services. “The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC)(TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) recently introduced two brand-new educational resources created by the VKC’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) and the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND Training Program.”

Psychology Today: AI Device Helps Diagnose Autism in Children

Psychology Today: AI Device Helps Diagnose Autism in Children. “A new peer-reviewed study published in npj Digital Medicine, a Nature Portfolio journal, shows the results of a clinical trial in which an artificial intelligence (AI) machine learning Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) helped primary care providers assess whether young children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).”

Drexel News: Autistic Adults Report High Rates of COVID-19 Vaccination

Drexel News: Autistic Adults Report High Rates of COVID-19 Vaccination. “Researchers found 78.3% of survey respondents reported that they had received or intended to get a COVID-19 vaccine, with 55.4% reporting that they had received at least one dose. In comparison, 42% of overall adults in Pennsylvania received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of April 2, 2021, which was the median response date for the survey sample.”

World Health Organization: WHO’s training for caregivers of children with autism goes online

World Health Organization: WHO’s training for caregivers of children with autism goes online. “The online training includes pre-recorded information sessions on topics such as using everyday routines as opportunities for children to learn, engaging with children through play and problem-solving. Sessions to help caregivers improve their own well-being are another important feature of the course. Quick tip videos, quizzes and reminders are included to support sustained learning. The training has been set up in such a way that caregivers can learn at their own pace, fitting the course into their schedules in a way that works for them.”

PR Newswire: Free Online Library for Families with Developmentally Delayed and Autistic Children (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Free Online Library for Families with Developmentally Delayed and Autistic Children (PRESS RELEASE). “Big Red Truck Learning Systems launched its One Goal Library, a comprehensive and easy-to-use directory of state and local agencies combined with an online database of current research and articles for families looking for autism, developmental and speech/learning disability resources.”

University of Missouri: Cats less stressed after adoption by families with children with autism, MU study finds

University of Missouri: Cats less stressed after adoption by families with children with autism, MU study finds. “While researchers have found that adding a shelter cat to the family can help lower stress and anxiety for children with autism, a new study at the University of Missouri shows that joining a family does wonders for the felines, too.”

Irish Examiner: New website to help autistic students navigate barriers in third-level education

Irish Examiner: New website to help autistic students navigate barriers in third-level education. “A new website supporting autistic young people to navigate barriers they might face in higher-level education has launched this week. Launched by national charity AsIAm, the website includes practical resources for third-level students, including financial and budgeting advice, virtual tours, and student recipes.” Third-level is equivalent to American college, it looks like. While some of the resources were Ireland-focused, a lot of them weren’t, speaking more to the topics of autism and college in general.