Announcements & Conferences
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: http://csesa.fpg.unc.edu/resources/understanding-autism-guide-secondary-school-teachers
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
The most recent prevalence estimates from the North Carolina Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network;
Author: Dr. Julie Daniels; NC CADDRE Study
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
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