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.

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.”

MakeUseOf: 8 Time-Planning Tools to Help People With Executive Function Disorder Focus

MakeUseOf: 8 Time-Planning Tools to Help People With Executive Function Disorder Focus. “Executive function disorder (EFD) can cause problems with executive function skills such as planning and organization, managing time, and multitasking…. There are many tech tools and strategies that may help improve executive function. Here are some tools you can try to help with issues everyone struggles with from time to time: concentration and effective time planning.”

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).”

PsyPost: Misleading videos about ADHD are being widely disseminated on TikTok, study finds

PsyPost: Misleading videos about ADHD are being widely disseminated on TikTok, study finds. “A new study published in The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry has uncovered a high prevalence of misinformation about ADHD in TikTok videos. The scientists behind the research warn that the misleading information could potentially result in an increased risk for overdiagnosis or misdiagnosis.”

USA Today: TikTok and Instagram pull ads by mental health company that linked ADHD to obesity

USA Today: TikTok and Instagram pull ads by mental health company that linked ADHD to obesity. “Meta and TikTok removed advertisements from a mental health care startup after the ads promoted harmful and misleading health information, NBC News reported. Cerebral, a mental health company that hired Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles as its chief impact officer, published an ad where a woman was surrounded by junk food such as chips and cake. The ad then read ‘Those who live by impulse, eat by impulse’ and claimed obesity is ‘five times more prevalent’ among adults with ADHD.”

University of Maryland Baltimore: Free Video Series Can Help Kids be ‘Unstuck and On Target’

University of Maryland Baltimore: Free Video Series Can Help Kids be ‘Unstuck and On Target’ . “The series of free, educational videos are designed to support parents and caregivers tackling common emotional and behavioral topics to help children to stay organized, plan and reach their goals, be flexible thinkers and help regulate their feelings. Behavioral specialists call these skills executive functioning. By following the tips and skills in the videos, parents can help their children be successful, avoid meltdowns and negativity, and develop a shared language and ways of interacting to achieve calmer, more productive days.” There are 17 videos here. Five of them are in Spanish. You can turn on captioning (the videos are on YouTube) and the ones I spot-checked looked accurate.

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.”

Game changer: Video game could help improve brain function for children with disabilities (Times Colonist)

Times Colonist: Game changer: Video game could help improve brain function for children with disabilities. “Researchers at the University of Victoria have tapped into a booming gaming industry to help improve brain function and cognitive abilities in children with disabilities. A team at UVic, building on years of study, have partnered with the private sector to create Dino Island, a video game that takes children with neurodevelopment disabilities on a tour of a fictitious, digitized island where they face a progressive series of challenges in the hopes of improving their brain function.”

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.”

UC Davis: Special performance on Facebook Live supports autism community

UC Davis: Special performance on Facebook Live supports autism community. “The Balcony theater group, in collaboration with the UC Davis MIND Institute, is hosting a Facebook Live event in support of the autism community on June 13 at 5 pm PT. The event…, streamed on the MIND’s Facebook page, includes a 30-minute expert panel on building awareness around autism, followed by a 90-minute live performance of Through Andrew’s Eyes, a play by Oscar Cabrera featuring neuro-diverse actors.”