Driven: CAR's Science Blog

CHOP, Drexel Join National Consortium Studying Baby Teeth for Clues to Environmental, Chemical Risks Associated With Autism
Two Philadelphia research centers are among 10 centers studying baby teeth of high-risk children to learn about risk factors in the womb. ...

For youth struggling with social skills, treating anxiety could be key
We all feel anxiety in certain social situations every now and then, but for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), social anxiety can be the spark that starts a wildfire. ...

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Resources for Families and First Responders Following North Miami Shooting
At CAR, we have been following the news coverage of the disturbing incident late last week in North Miami in which a police officer shot the Charles Kinsey, the caregiver of a 26-year-old man with autism named Arnaldo Eliud Rios Soto ....

Huddle Up 2016 Scores a Touchdown!
We were incredibly lucky to have one of the most beautiful days of the spring for the 6th annual Huddle Up for Autism at Lincoln Financial Field! ...

New CHOP Research Study Tests Brain’s Response to Single Dose of Arbaclofen (STX209)
Many in the autism community are familiar with the trial drug STX209, also called arbaclofen, which affects a chemical system called GABA. In 2010, clinical trials were launched to evaluate whether arbaclofen might become the first medication to treat core symptoms of social communication impairment and repetitive behavior in autism spectrum disorder. ...

Switching Lenses: A Shift in Perspective Led Researchers to Unexpected Results About Face-Processing in ASD
Humanity seems to be “hard-wired” to pay attention to faces and facial expressions. Zeroing in on faces (rather than other body parts or objects) and being able to differentiate between people’s identities or expressions is one of the first skills developed during infancy. ...

Categories: Social Development
CHOP Researchers Identify Gene That Plays Important Role in Autism & Other Neuropsychiatric Conditions
A team of researchers led by Tara Wenger, PhD of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Autism Research (CAR) have found that genetic mutations in a specific family of genes – the “metabotropic glutamate receptors” (mGluRs) – play a significant role in a person’s risk for...

New Findings Related to Attention and Gaze Give Us Clues to Differences in Social Development for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Difficulty interpreting social information is one of the defining characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), but  there is still a lot we don't understand about the underlying causes of some of these social differences. ...

Holly Robinson Peete Visits CAR
We were excited to have a visit last month from Philadelphia's own Holly Robinson Peete during a trip back to her hometown, where she was being honored for her efforts in support of autism awareness. ...

CAR Research: Attention and Gaze Hold Clues to Social Development in Autism
CAR psychologist Benjamin Yerys, PhD, studies attention, impulsivity, and distractibility in ASD, as well as in ADHD and anxiety- ASD’s frequent companions. A pair of his studies contribute to our understanding of how children with ASD prioritize and respond to social information in their environment. ...