Announcements & Conferences
CIDD Community Talk Series: "There is Nothing Wrong with Me After All!"
Susan Wright Kermon, Self Advocate and Kim Shufran, Director of iCan House
A first person account of 'invisible deficits' and how they were handled at different life stages.
WEDNESDAY April 9th, 2014
From "Autism Awareness" to understanding and acceptance: This is an important goal for individuals on the spectrum, their families, their communities and mainstream culture at large. Susan and Kim offer a unique combination of insights that address this issue at every level.
CIDD Building 101 Renee Lynne Ct. Carrboro, NC
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.
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
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
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