A new study from researchers at the Waisman Center and The Ohio State University will investigate aging in autistic adults. The study is led by Lauren Bishop, PhD, MSW, Waisman investigator and associate professor in the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work, and Brittany Hand, PhD, OTR/L, associate professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University. As part of the study the researchers will develop an algorithm to identify what health conditions may impact older autistic adults. The algorithm will also be used to identify autistic individuals at higher risk of early mortality.
Autistic children show lower physical activity and fundamental motor skills such as running, jumping, or throwing compared to non-autistic children.
Josh loves coming to the Waisman Center. He has told his mom Julia several times that he particularly enjoys the two-day visits because he gets to spend more time at the center. His brain is special so it is cool that the scientists want to study it, he tells Julia.
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common heritable form of intellectual and developmental disability. It is also the most common single genetic contributor to autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Xinyu Zhao, PhD, Waisman investigator and professor of neuroscience, was recently awarded a Kellett Mid-Career Award, among 11 others, by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.
A recent study shows that boys with fragile X syndrome and co-occurring ASD (fragile X + ASD), and autistic boys have similar patterns of linguistic errors and omit more words in conversations compared to non-autistic boys.
Multiple angles of vision all focused on a common question is what attracted Marsha Mailick, PhD, emeritus vice chancellor for research and graduate education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to the Waisman Center more than 35 years ago.
The Transitioning Together curriculum is adaptable to different settings, including clinical settings and school settings. Because of its unique design and positive impacts, it has been adopted in 11 states outside of Wisconsin, and Canada.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an intricate and complicated diagnosis. The spectrum of presentations and severity is as expansive as the theorized causes. Autism’s complexity and breadth of impacts on a person’s life means that it has a multitude of facets to investigate.
The same external sensory stimulus – a flashing light, a hug, or hearing one’s name – can provoke a different reaction in every person.