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 ASCEND 2016 Annual Conference: Autism Spectrum Disorder Through the Lifespan 
Saturday, November 11th
from  9 AM to 4 PM
Horsham, PA

November 11th & 12th
8:15 AM to 4:15 PM
Malvern, PA
Wednesday December 14th
 from 9 AM to 4 PM
3535 Market Street, Phila.

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Blue Car Autism Dispatch
Sports Enthusiasts with ASD Produce Weekly 
Sports Newscast at CHOP's Seacrest Studios
Click to watch video from 60 Minutes Sports
CHOP ER doctor Eron Friedlaender created a Sports Talk TV show produced by children with ASD to turn their passion for sports into an opportunity to practice group work and communication. Her work was highlighted this month by 60 Minutes Sports and Sports Illustrated!    
CAR Study Raises Concerns About Measuring ADHD in Children on the Autism Spectrum
Benjamin E. Yerys, PhD
As many as 40% of children on the autism spectrum are also diagnosed with ADHD, and many of these children don't respond to traditional ADHD treatments. CAR researcher Benjamin Yerys, PhD, recently led a study that found the problem may be in the way we test for ADHD.    Learn more >>   
North Penn High School Student (and CAR alum) with ASD Crowned Homecoming King
Ben Hartranft crowned North Penn HS Homecoming King

Ben Hartranft is a senior at North Penn High School and has been a CHOP patient and enthusiastic CAR study participant for nearly his entire life. We couldn't be more thrilled to see him crowned homecoming king of his high school this fall! About participating in CAR research, h e says, ""I love helping other people  understand what it's like to be me.  It's important to help those  growing up after me."  Check out this video about Ben and his story on NBC 10. Go Ben!!
Tips to Make Thanksgiving More Comfortable 
for Kids with Autism
Many people on the autism spectrum thrive on routines and sameness, and during the holidays, they are often forced to veer from their comfort zones. A little practice, planning and teamwork from relatives can make all the difference!   
Parent Blog Post
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 .
Read Kim's blog post >>
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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.  
1-5 YEARS 
Research on Autism and Developmental Disorders (ROADD)
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.
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Parents of any child between the ages of 18 months and 4 years (with or without ASD) are needed to help test a very simple app that measures how well children respond to their name in everyday environments.   .
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.