Driven: CAR's Science Blog

Guest Blog Post: How I Manage Depression + ASD
As someone on the autism spectrum, I’ve struggled with depression throughout my life.  But the issues aren’t always something that can be resolved simply with talk therapy.  And the triggers have come from different issues experienced at different ages. ...

New Research: Minimally and Nonverbal Children with ASD Respond More Slowly To Sound
In the first study of its kind, researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia used neuroimaging to examine auditory processing in children with nonverbal autism, researchers used state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to understand auditory responses in children on the autism spectrum. They found that minimally verbal or nonverbal participants had delayed responses to simple auditory tones compared with their more verbal peers.  ...

News Release: CHOP Study Sheds Light on Universal Screening
Researchers urge continued screening for all toddlers, while recommending changes to M-CHAT screening method to improve accuracy, address disparities...

2019 Eagles Autism Challenge Raised More Than $3.5 Million
What a beautiful day we had for the 2nd annual...

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“Autistic person” or “person with autism”: Is one more correct?
CAR wants to know your thoughts, and so does this Scientific Journal...

Guest Blog Post: "Enjoy the Moments"
I never thought I’d be able to attend college.  I tried it in 2007.  I started out with four classes, dropped three of them, and finished one.  Then, I left college.  It just didn’t seem right for me.  Maybe I just wasn’t ready for it.  Maybe the college wasn’t ready for me as a person on th...

Helping Autistic Adults Navigate Social Situations Through the Power of Language
The Center for Autism Research (CAR) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are actively providing research opportunities, as well as support and resources, to adults with ASD. For the scientists at CAR’s Quantitative Linguistics Lab (QL2), the goal is to analyze data from thousands of vocal samples to identify a language marker to evaluate treatment success. ...

It’s More Than Sounds – How ASD Affects Word Choice and Speech Rate
A team of scientists from the Quantitative Linguistics Lab (QL2) at the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), led by Julia Parish-Morris, PhD, are examining speech samples from hundreds of children with the goal of determining how verbal interactions change over developmental time, how these interactions differ in individuals with autism, and what kinds of interventions can help individuals reach their maximum potential. ...

Girls, Boys and the Language of Autism
Cultural norms profoundly influence the ways we believe boys and girls “should” typically play, interact socially, and communicate. For example, cultural norms would predict that from a basket of toys, boys would pick the cars and trucks, while girls would choose the dolls. ...

Babies, Babbles and ASD
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that affects an individual’s social interaction and communication, among other behaviors. Although language impairment is not a core feature of ASD, many individuals on the autism spectrum struggle with using language appropriately in social contexts. ...