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News from the Center for Autism Research at CHOP
January 17, 2019
Approximately 30% of autistic children have a co-occurring ADHD diagnosis
In this Issue:
ADHD and ASD, Digital Medicine, and Promising New Treatments
ADHD is very common among children on the autism spectrum, with researchers estimating as many as 50 percent of children with ASD have some ADHD symptoms, and roughly 30 percent receiving a co-occurring ADHD diagnosis. Unfortunately, ADHD medications are not as effective in autistic children compared with their peers without ASD. But a new "digital treatment" showed promising results in a pilot study.
In this issue you'll find
CAR pilot study shows promise for Project:EVO, a digitalized treatment targeting ADHD symptpoms.
Researchers at CHOP, in collaboration with Boston tech company Akili Interactive and colleagues at Children's National Health System/Georgetown University and UC-San Francisco/Cortica, recently published results of a pilot test of Project: EVO, a digital treatment that targets players' "cognitive control" abilities to help improve attention and reduce ADHD symptoms.
Children diagnosed with ASD and ADHD have more problems with executive function skills compared to children diagnosed with ASD or children who were developing typically, according to research conducted by CAR. This fact drives home the importance of finding ADHD treatments that work for autistic children, say researchers.
Mark your calendars for a fun filled filled and SPARK study registration!
SPARK February Family Fun!
Join Center for Autism Research and We Rock The Spectrum in Audubon, NJ for a family fun and and SPARK Study sign up event on February 23rd!
Come and register for the SPARK study and stay for all the fun at We Rock The Spectrum has to offer - climbing structures, crash mats and pillow, tunnels, swings, sensory toys, arts and crafts area and more!
Advances in understanding autism and related disorders are only possible as a direct result of the participation of individuals and families. We have opportunities for all ages, and you do not need an autism diagnosis to participate.
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