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Core Personnel & Contacts

Associate Director:
Renee Clark, M.S.W.
Family Recruitment Coordinator:
Corrie Walston, M.S.

Thank you for your interest in research at UNC.

Announcements & Conferences

CIDD Community Talk Series: The Education of Teachers

David Cooper, Ph.D. Professor of Education, Elon University
Dr. Cooper will discuss teacher supply & demand, university programs that prepare teachers, evaluation of teachers' effectiveness, and quality and family engagement in teacher preparation and evaluation.
WEDNESDAY September 10th, 2014
7-8:30 PM

CIDD Building 101 Renee Lynne Ct. Carrboro, NC

FPG Autism Researchers Release Evidence-Based Practices Update

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders has released its much-anticipated update on evidence-based practices for children and youth with autism. Scientists at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute spearheaded the project, screening 29,000 articles about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to locate the soundest research on interventions for children from birth to age 22.

New Resource: Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers

FPG’s Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (CSESA) and the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) have teamed up to produce a multimedia manual: “Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers.”

The guide offers research-based practices that not only enhance learning opportunities for ASD adolescents but also improve the environment of the entire classroom. FPG investigator Jessica Dykstra and scientist Kara Hume developed the print and web instructional resource as a practical, hands-on complement to a series of training videos that OAR has released online and on DVD.

The guide’s tips for teaching adolescents with ASD are based on a wealth of research and expertise from FPG, OAR, and elsewhere. The researchers also address challenging behaviors and offer advice on helping students who withdraw. The guide even includes strategies for avoiding the dreaded meltdown.

Teachers, families, and administrators can access the multimedia manual by visiting:

Two UNC faculty receive NIH Autism Centers of Excellence grants for new research

Dr. Linmarie Sikich's SOARS Network will conduct research on a novel therapeutic intervention for autism.
Dr. Joe Piven's Infant Brain Imaging Study focuses on brain development in infants at risk for autism.
About the new research studies

US Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee ranks UNC No. 2 among the top 25 institutions in the world

publishing autism research in 2010. The IACC tracks global trends in autism research.
Full IACC Global Research Analysis Report

Research Findings

2014 Release: New autism prevalence rates in NC announced

The prevalence estimates based on surveillance of a cohort of children who were 8 years old in 2010 from the North Carolina Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network; Author: Dr. Julie Daniels; NC CADDRE Study

Researchers Discover a Potential Cause of Autism

Key enzymes are found to have a ‘profound effect’ across dozens of genes linked to autism. The insight could help illuminate environmental factors behind autism spectrum disorder and contribute to a unified theory of how the disorder develops. Author: Dr. Mark Zylka; Associate Professor in the Neuroscience Center and the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology

Brain developments in 6-month olds who later develop autism

Findings from the Infant Brain Imaging Network Study are released; Author: Dr. Jason Wolfe; Study: Longitudinal MRI Study of Infants at High-Risk for Autism

Sensory features in children with ASD

Findings from the development of a new diagnostic tool for sensory experiences in children with autism and developmental disabilities; Author: Dr. Karla Ausderau; Study: Sensory Experiences Project

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