Driven: CAR's Science Blog

Guest Blog Post: "Enjoy the Moments"
I never thought I’d be able to attend college.  I tried it in 2007.  I started out with four classes, dropped three of them, and finished one.  Then, I left college.  It just didn’t seem right for me.  Maybe I just wasn’t ready for it.  Maybe the college wasn’t ready for me as a person on th...

Helping Autistic Adults Navigate Social Situations Through the Power of Language
The Center for Autism Research (CAR) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are actively providing research opportunities, as well as support and resources, to adults with ASD. For the scientists at CAR’s Quantitative Linguistics Lab (QL2), the goal is to analyze data from thousands of vocal samples to identify a language marker to evaluate treatment success. ...

It’s More Than Sounds – How ASD Affects Word Choice and Speech Rate
A team of scientists from the Quantitative Linguistics Lab (QL2) at the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), led by Julia Parish-Morris, PhD, are examining speech samples from hundreds of children with the goal of determining how verbal interactions change over developmental time, how these interactions differ in individuals with autism, and what kinds of interventions can help individuals reach their maximum potential. ...

Girls, Boys and the Language of Autism
Cultural norms profoundly influence the ways we believe boys and girls “should” typically play, interact socially, and communicate. For example, cultural norms would predict that from a basket of toys, boys would pick the cars and trucks, while girls would choose the dolls. ...

Babies, Babbles and ASD
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that affects an individual’s social interaction and communication, among other behaviors. Although language impairment is not a core feature of ASD, many individuals on the autism spectrum struggle with using language appropriately in social contexts. ...

Crossroads of Adverse Childhood Experiences, PTSD, and Autism Symptoms
Without a specific, objective diagnostic test for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), clinicians can struggle to distinguish behavioral symptoms of ASD from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other behaviorally-based disorders. ...

From Picky to Adventurous Eater
Food selectivity, or picky eating, can be the source of significant difficulties for autistic individuals and their families. As a child develops a selective food palate, it may first be developmentally appropriate in early childhood and only pose mild challenges to family eating habits and mealtime. ...

Hefty Toll for Autistic Children
Childhood obesity continues to be a concern for parents and healthcare providers alike. In the recent years, overweight and obesity have emerged as important issues among autism researchers.  ...

Doctors’ orders: "Play Your Medicine?" Promising results for a Digitalized Medicine to reduce ADHD symptoms
ADHD is very common among children on the autism spectrum, with researchers estimating as many as 50 percent of children with ASD have some ADHD symptoms ...

Celebrating 10 Years: A Special Report on the Past, Present, and Future of Research CAR
2018 marks the the 10th anniversary of CAR's founding. We are celebrating with a series of blog posts and the release of a special report on the past, present and future of CAR's research. We are grateful for your partnership and excited for what lies on the near horizon. ...