Driven: CAR's Science Blog

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. ...

Should autism screening take place during pediatric check-ups?
In August, the U.S. Protective Services Task Force (USPSTF) - a federally-funded panel of experts in primary care and prevention- released a statement that concerned many in the autism community....

It’s not what you say, but how you say it
Parents and therapists have long known that even when individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) meet normal language milestones, there is still something odd or different about the way they talk. It is sometimes hard “to put a finger on” what exactly differs in the language of a person with ASD. ...

Comparing Early Intervention Outcomes
We know very little about which preschool intervention placements produce the best outcomes for which children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A team from the University of Pennsylvania examined the effectiveness of three early intervention preschool placements. ...

Factors Associated with Driving in Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Getting a permit and learning to drive is a ‘rite of passage’ that many teens anticipate for years. A driver’s license comes with independence and responsibility, which can be simultaneously exciting and intimidating. For teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the decision to learn to drive is met with additional challenges and considerations....

Sleep Behaviors and Sleep Quality
Getting a good night of sleep is crucial to a child’s development in the areas of attention, learning, memory, mood regulation, and behavior. Poor sleep quality in children also affects parents’ sleep quality. If a child isn’t sleeping well, chances are his/her parents aren’t sleeping well either.  ...

Presentations of Anxiety in ASD
Anxiety occurs in about 40%-60% of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), yet clinicians aren’t exactly sure how the symptoms present and how to treat them. ...

Twenty-Year Outcome for Individuals with ASD
Past research on adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with average or near-average IQ scores have found a great variability in their outcomes (job, living independently, and friendships). To learn more about these outcomes, researchers interviewed the parents of adults with ASD who had participated in a study twenty years earlier. ...

Employment and Educational Activities for Young Adults with ASD
A study by researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison examined the post-high school occupational and employment activities of young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who had exited high school within the past five years.  ...

Brain Connections and Infant Behavior
The Infant Sibling (IBIS) Network studies infants and toddlers born into families where there is already an older sibling with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This network aims to understand the earliest manifestations of ASD in both brain and behavior....