Driven: CAR's Science Blog

Seeking Reward in Restricted Interests
Restricted and repetitive behaviors and interests (RRBIs) represent one of the defining characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While many brain imaging studies on ASD exist, few have investigated the brain’s activity and processing during RRBIs. ...

Autism’s Chicken – or –Egg Dilemma: Social Difficulties or Restricted Interests
When it comes to two of the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), diminished social interest and restricted and repetitive interests, researchers have long puzzled over which comes first. ...

Early Data on a Potential Digital Treatment for Autism+ADHD
Digital medicine company Akili Interactive announced the results of a successful randomized, controlled clinical trial of an investigational digital treatment for children with Attention Deficient/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).   ...

Meet Our Researchers
Part of our mission at the Center for Autism Research is to train up-and-coming young autism researchers so they have a solid foundation from which to drive tomorrow’s breakthroughs. Get to know two of our current "post-docs".  ...

Meet Our Research Assistants
If you have ever participated in research at CAR, it’s likely that you’ve met one of our outstanding research assistants or RA’s. They’re usually undergraduate students gaining experience in the filed before heading off to pursue a graduate degree, and they keep CAR’s wheels turning and work incredibly hard for our staff and for our families. Get to know two of our current RAs.  ...

Meet Our Clinicians
Throughout Autism Awareness Month, the Center for Autism Research is highlighting stories from the families and professionals that make up our autism community at the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For this issue, we interviewed three clinicians to gain insight into how they provide care for individuals on the autism spectrum. ...

Taking Flight
Meet Ben Hartranft today, and you would never imagine that this friendly, enthusiastic 19-year-old didn't speak until age 3. Today, we welcome Ben as a guest blogger to share his experience about his first independent plane ride, in his own words. ...

Meet Anthony
At 19 years old, Anthony is the man everyone wants to be friends with at his high school. But he wasn't always this outgoing. At two years old, his parents and pediatrician recognized a lack of eye contact and speech as warning signs of autism.  ...

Meet Grace and Gabriel
As babies, Grace and Gabriel had breathing and feeding problems such as apnea and severe reflux. As they neared their first birthday, it also became clear that the twins were not meeting the normal developmental milestones. ...

Meet Franco
All parents want to know their baby is on track developmentally. Are they making enough eye contact? When should they start crawling? Franco was hitting all of his developmental milestones right on schedule- smiling, crawling, walking- except for one. ...