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.

Miami Herald: People with intellectual disabilities can get COVID vaccination help from new website

Miami Herald: People with intellectual disabilities can get COVID vaccination help from new website. “People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) — such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism — have faced significant hurdles during the pandemic involving education, employment and mental and physical health…. To combat what experts deem a public health concern, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities launched a website on Wednesday to help guide people with IDD to trusted resources on COVID-19 vaccines, particularly where to find one in their area.”

Autism Online: A Review of How Autistic People Communicate Virtually (Drexel Now)

Drexel Now: Autism Online: A Review of How Autistic People Communicate Virtually. “Various studies have shown how autistic people use information and communication technology (ICT) since the early 2000s, some finding that autistic people may prefer to communicate using the internet instead of in-person. However, no systematic review has been conducted to summarize these findings. To understand what has been discovered so far, researchers from Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute collected and reviewed published research about how autistic youth and adults use the internet to communicate and provide a framework for understanding contributions, gaps and opportunities in online autistic communities.”

Students With Autism Get A New Tool For Independence: A Smartwatch (News @ Northeastern)

News @ Northeastern: Students With Autism Get A New Tool For Independence: A Smartwatch. “For students with autism, receiving extra help in school is often crucial to their academic success. But fitting in and feeling accepted is equally important, especially in the classroom. Ralf Schlosser, a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northeastern, has developed a series of new teaching techniques to help students with autism learn alongside neurotypical classmates without drawing attention to themselves by using an unsuspecting piece of technology—a smartwatch.”

Disability Scoop: ‘Sesame Street’ Helping Kids With Autism Learn To Wear Face Masks

Disability Scoop: ‘Sesame Street’ Helping Kids With Autism Learn To Wear Face Masks. “The videos show Julia going on a virtual playdate with Elmo, practicing wearing a face mask during a video call with her dad and learning to deal with changes as she visits the park for the first time in a long time. In addition to the videos, Sesame Workshop is also offering articles and stories to help parents and caregivers support their kids on the spectrum as they deal with changes in routine.”

First Coast News: Free digital tool helps families identify early signs of learning disabilities and ADHD (FCL September 10, 2020)

First Coast News: Free digital tool helps families identify early signs of learning disabilities and ADHD (FCL September 10, 2020). “Bob Cunningham, Executive Director of learning development at Understood, and Amanda Morin, Family Advocate and mom to kids who learn differently, shared information about Take N.O.T.E. Take N.O.T.E. is a new initiative launched in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics that includes the first memory device designed to help families spot the signs of possible learning disabilities and ADHD. The initiative’s digital resource provides families with the tools to notice, observe and track patterns in their child’s behavior with downloadable tools.”