Driven: CAR's Science Blog

Obesity is a weighty issue for children with autism: but why?
Only recently have doctors and researchers begun to look at overweight and obesity specifically in children with autism - and they were astonished with what they found. Children with autism are two times more likely to be overweight and 5 times more likely to be obese. ...

CAR Researchers Zero in on Genetic Risk Factors for ASD
Genetics or Environment?  It’s a familiar debate that plays out as scientists search for the causes of most health conditions. Autism is no stranger to this debate. ...

Categories: Genetics
Um, Uh,… Unmasking Autism
In everyday conversation, speech fillers convey social context, filling normal pauses in speech and indicating whether a pause will be short, using “uh”, or longer, using “um”. ...

Categories: Genetics
The Whys of Gender Disparities in Autism
1 in 40 children are diagnosed with autism (ASD), but research tells us that females are less likely to be diagnosed than males. In recent years, scientists have begun to ask why this disparity exists. ...

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Members of the Lonely Hearts Club?
Autism experts speculate that one of the many complicating aspects of diagnosing autism in girls and women may have to do with the way boys and girls are socialized differently.  ...

CHOP and Floreo Awarded $1.7M NIH Grant to Test Whether VR can Improve Police Safety in Individuals with ASD
The Small Business Technology Transfer Fast-track award will fund new pilots with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Autism Research. ...

Combining Gaming + Biofeedback to Help Children with Autism Improve Social Skills
In a newly-launched gaming study, CAR researchers are incorporating biosensors to detect symptoms of anxiety in children as they engage in a space-themed 3D video game.  ...

A Prescription for Gaming to Treat ADHD?
A doctor-prescribed videogame? It may not be as far off as you’d think. Imagine an engaging iPad-based game that helps children improve their attention ...

Using Virtual Reality to Teach Crucial Community Safety Skills
As youth on the autism spectrum transition to adulthood and gain increasing independence, their families often fret over their safety and their ability to respond in critical situations.  ...

Untangling Anxiety and Autism
All children experience fears and worries at some point. However, if the child has autism spectrum disorder, they may be especially fearful of particular sights, sounds or places. ...