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Spratt, Eve; Norton, Jessa; Papa, Carrie; Newton, Janis; McDonald, Conner; Mercer, Mary Ashley; Serpe, Ali; Blackmon, Lee; Felty, Katrina; Carpenter, Laura – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2019
Piece it Together (PIT) is a comprehensive wellness program designed for transitional age youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and mild neurodevelopmental disabilities that focuses on exercise, nutrition, socialization, and stress-reduction. The PIT Summer Program is a 6-week program, consisting of 90-min classes, twice a week. Each class…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Wellness, Exercise
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Harmsen, Irene E. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2019
Empathy is an essential component of human social life. It requires the ability to understand another's mental state and respond with an appropriate emotion or action. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been described to exhibit atypical empathic responses which limit communication and social interactions. This review highlights…
Descriptors: Empathy, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Age Differences
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Kalinli, Merve; Ekinci, Özalp; Günes, Serkan; Ekinci, Nuran – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2019
Pena-Shokeir syndrome (PSS) is a rare, early lethal disease. PSS is characterized by fetal growth restriction, craniofacial deformities, multiple ankyloses and pulmonary hypoplasia. Because of the primary concern of physical health problems, psychiatric evaluation is frequently underestimated in PSS patients. Our case report describes a child with…
Descriptors: Autism, Diseases, Physical Health, Psychiatry
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Stack, Alexia; Lucyshyn, Joseph – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2019
Children with autism incur trauma and have increased vulnerabilities for experiencing trauma. This paper summarizes the current literature in the study of trauma in typically developing children and those with autism. A treatment model for children with autism, drawing on components from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), trauma-focused CBT, and…
Descriptors: Autism, At Risk Persons, Children, Trauma
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Dutt, Anuradha; Tan, Marilyn; Alagumalai, Sivakumar; Nair, Rahul – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2019
Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and behavior interventions have been effective in the management of challenging behavior among children with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders. Research suggests the need for valid measurement instruments for verifying, calibrating and scoring competence in FBA and behavior…
Descriptors: Program Development, Program Validation, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Intervention
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Valdes, Francisca; Keary, Christopher J.; Mullett, Jennifer E.; Palumbo, Michelle L.; Waxler, Jessica L.; Pober, Barbara R.; McDougle, Christopher J. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
Descriptions of individuals with Williams syndrome (WS) and co-morbid major depressive disorder (MDD) with psychotic features have not appeared in the literature. In addition to reviewing previous reports of psychotic symptoms in persons with WS, this paper introduces clinical histories and therapeutic management strategies for three previously…
Descriptors: Depression (Psychology), Psychosis, Adults, Comorbidity
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Nordahl-Hansen, Anders; Øien, Roald A.; Fletcher-Watson, Sue – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
Portrayals of characters with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or with autistic traits on film and in TV-series are increasing. Such portrayals may contribute in increasing awareness of the condition but can also increase stereotypes. Thus, these character portrayals are subject to heated debate within the ASD-community, but also in the general…
Descriptors: Autism, Television, Programming (Broadcast), Stereotypes
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Mazefsky, Carla A.; Day, Taylor N.; Siegel, Matthew; White, Susan W.; Yu, Lan; Pilkonis, Paul A. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
The lack of sensitive measures suitable for use across the range of functioning in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a barrier to treatment development and monitoring. The Emotion Dysregulation Inventory (EDI) is a caregiver-report questionnaire designed to capture emotional distress and problems with emotion regulation in both minimally verbal…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Bias, Questionnaires, Autism
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Carter, Jocelyn; Broder-Fingert, Sarabeth; Neumeyer, Ann; Giauque, Ann; Kao, Ann; Iyasere, Christiana – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2017
In an effort to meet the needs of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) while hospitalized, a team of experts and providers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), MGH for Children as well as parents of individuals with ASD was sparked in 2013. This became a multidisciplinary collaborative, the MGH Autism Care Collaborative, to improve…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Hospitals, Adults
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Meiri, Gal; Dinstein, Ilan; Michaelowski, Analya; Flusser, Hagit; Ilan, Michal; Faroy, Michal; Bar-Sinai, Asif; Manelis, Liora; Stolowicz, Dana; Yosef, Lili Lea; Davidovitch, Nadav; Golan, Hava; Arbelle, Shosh; Menashe, Idan – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2017
Elucidating the heterogeneous etiologies of autism will require investment in comprehensive longitudinal data acquisition from large community based cohorts. With this in mind, we have established a hospital-university-based (HUB) database of autism which incorporates prospective and retrospective data from a large and ethnically diverse…
Descriptors: Autism, Databases, Etiology, Hospitals
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Fluegge, Keith – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2017
Preliminary evidence suggests that sensory processing may be affected in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The purpose of this letter is to highlight a few recent studies on the topic and tie the findings to a recently identified epidemiological risk factor for ASD, principally environmental exposure to the air pollutant, nitrous oxide (N[subscript…
Descriptors: Sensory Experience, Neurological Impairments, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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McPartland, James C. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2017
Despite significant advances in understanding the biological bases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the field remains primarily reliant on observational and parent report measures of behavior to guide clinical practice, conduct research, and evaluate intervention outcomes. There is a critical need for objective measures to more sensitively and…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Clinical Diagnosis, Risk
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Olmsted, Dan; Blaxill, Mark – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2016
Leo Kanner begins his landmark 1943 case series on autistic children by stating the condition was first brought to his attention in 1938. Recent letters to "JADD" have described this reference as "mysterious" and speculated it refers to papers published that year by Despert or Asperger. In fact, as Kanner goes on to state, 1938…
Descriptors: Autism, Children, Letters (Correspondence), Observation
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Doenyas, Ceymi – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2016
We propose an unprecedented intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their parents: the social living complex. Unlike existing social skills interventions, peer-mediated interventions here are not limited to the school/experiment duration and setting. Whereas other supported living services house adults with ASD only,…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Intervention, Models
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Venkat, Arvind; Migyanka, Joann M.; Cramer, Ryan; McGonigle, John J. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2016
We present an instrument to allow individuals with autism spectrum disorder, their families and/or their caregivers to prepare emergency department staff for the care needs of this patient population ahead of acute presentation.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Emergency Medical Technicians, Medical Services
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