Autism

Autism, Community and Technology

Living with Autism: Improving Quality of Life through Autism Research and Treatment Autism prevalence and statistics: a lifelong challenge

One in 59 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – almost triple the number in 2000. Early intervention creates a more positive trajectory for affected children. Yet autism remains a lifelong condition and challenge. Many adults with autism are unable to find meaningful employment, form lasting friendships or live independently.

 

 

Computer-Based Memory Games May Benefit People with Fragile X Syndrome

April 15, 2019
In the largest non-pharmacological trial ever in children with fragile X syndrome (FXS), UC Davis researchers found that large-scale, in-home cognitive interventions are feasible and may be beneficial for individuals with the syndrome and potentially other intellectual disabilities.

Breaking Down Barriers for Families Affected by Fragile X Syndrome

March 11, 2019
Seventeen-year-old Justin Silver was five when he was diagnosed with fragile X syndrome. Despite living across the country in New York, the family traveled to the UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif., where they met the world’s leading experts in the field.

Folic Acid Might Actually Reduce the Risk of Autism

March 06, 2019

Researchers at UC Davis zoomed in on a group of children whose older siblings already had an autism diagnosis. Across 241 kids, 14.1 percent of those whose mothers took prenatal vitamins during their first month of pregnancy went on to develop autism, versus 32.7 percent amongst the group whose mothers didn’t take the vitamins.

Via Popular Science

A Lifespan Approach to Autism

January 08, 2019

Currently, one in 59 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder — triple the number of families affected in 2000 — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Effective treatments for ASD are not widely available, leaving many families without access to care, especially those in rural, low-income and underserved areas. In addition, services are limited for adults with ASD.

Via UC Davis Magazine

How Virtual Reality is Transforming Autism Studies

October 24, 2018

Autism therapists and researchers often use virtual reality to help autistic people rehearse stressful encounters. Peter Mundy, a psychologist with UC Davis developed an application that lets autistic children practice public speaking in a virtual classroom with an audience of eight avatars. 

Via Spectrum News

Fragile X

September 10, 2018

A young Scottish girl is getting help from the UC Davis MIND Institute that she cannot get at home: care for a rare disorder known as Fragile X. 

Via KCRA 3

Digital Medicine

August 17, 2018

UC Davis experts are testing how digital games, apps and virtual reality may help us treat neurodevelopmental disorders and depression, improve food security, and more.

Via UC Davis School of Medicine