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CAR in the News
Autism Dispatch
For Youth Struggling With Social Skills, Treating Anxiety Could Be Key   
About 40% of adolescents with ASD also have a diagnosed 
Brenna Maddox, PhD, CAR Resesarcher
anxiety disorder, which can exacerbate social impairments and feelings of loneliness during the crucial pre-teen and teen years. In a recent  study, CAR researcher Brenna Maddox, PhD, demonstrated that cognitive behavioral therapy that is modified to treat anxiety in children with ASD led to both reduced anxiety and improved social skills over the long term.   
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Resources for Parents and First Responders Following North Miami Shooting
Like many, we were saddened and disturbed by the news of a recent shooting in North Miami, in which a police officer shot the caregiver of a young man with ASD. Most of the news coverage has missed the key point: unlike other recent police-involved shootings, this one was precipitated by an officer's misunderstanding of an autistic man's behavior. We have a long way to go to educate and prepare first responders- and our loved ones with ASD- about what to expect during an encounter. We gathered some resources for families and first responders.
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First Study of Self-Harm in Adults with Autism 
Illustration by autistic artist Miss Luna Rose .
Although it's known anecdotally that people affected by autism are prone to engage in self-injury, no study has ever quantified just how common the behavior is in adults with autism. A team led by CAR's Dr. Maddox set out to find the answer, and discovered that self-injury is much more common in adults with ASD than in other adults - and in those with ASD, women are twice as likely to engage in self-harm. Now that we know, it's time to learn how to help. 
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Time to Strengthen Parent- Pediatrician Conversations About Autism Care
The times I've asked about treatment, I'm kind of met with a blank stare," one parent reported of the experience of discussing therapy for their child's autism spectrum disorder with their pediatrician . This parent's experience is likely not unique, according to a new qualitative study from two CHOP researchers.
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Parent Blog Post: Yin and Yang
This is a post written for Autism Speaks by Kim McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum and an Autism Family Partner at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). CHOP is an  Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network  site. Kim is also the author of a blog about her two children with autism at .
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     About ASD!

I nfants, children, teens and parents with 
and  without ASD can participate in research to help us understand  the causes of ASD and develop effective therapies.  Check out currently-enrolling studies below and sign up for autismMatch to be notified about studies tailored just for you
This study of individuals with autism and their biological parents is open to all ages and can be done entirely from home with an online questionnaire and saliva DNA test.

Infants between the ages of 3 to 6 months with an older full sibling who is diagnosed with ASD  or is typically developing are eligible to enroll.  

Infants between the ages of 6 to 12 months are eligible for a non-invasive brain imaging study specially developed for infants and toddlers to understand how brain processes change during child development.  

Research on Autism and Developmental Disorders
Children ages 2-5 with OR without ASD may enroll. Children who have an older brother or sister with ASD may enroll at 12 months old.

5-17 YEARS
Boys ages 6-17 with or without ASD are eligible to enroll in a study to understand how the brain processes information.

6-12 YEARS
Longitudinal Study of Brain Development in School-Aged Children
Children aged 6-8 with 
or  without ASD  are invited to participate in this study to understand how brain structure & function change during childhood.
Two studies to understand how the brain processes information for:
- Girls & boys ages 6-10 with ASD or with typical development
- Girls & boys ages 8-12 with ASD or with typical development

This study is enrolling boys and girls ages 8-12 who:
- have 
and are minimally verbal or nonverbal 
- OR have a Developmental or Intellectual Disability (DD/ID) 

12-17 YEARS
Teenaged boys and girls ages 12-16 with AND without ASD are eligible for this study to understand how brain processes change during child development.  

Adolescent boys aged 14-17 who are diagnosed with ASD are invited to participate in this MEG study involving a single dose of arbaclofen. 
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Using MEG Technology with Children with ASD
We are seeking parents, teachers & therapists familiar with ASD to help us prepare for an imaging study for minimally & nonverbal children. 

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