Movement and Behavior

The Revolution Will Be… Digitized

In the three years since its inception, the Center for Autism Research (CAR)’s Technology and Innovation Lab has developed tools with the potential to revolutionize the way in which psychologists assess a child for ASD, develop new therapies, and predict and measure the effectiveness of a behavioral therapy or medication ...

Innovation Overcomes A Longstanding “Speed Bump” In Autism Research

Nonverbal and verbal communication forms the basis of our social connections and relationships. During a conversation, partners respond to or reciprocate countless verbal and nonverbal cues, without thinking about it at all. ...

Ready! Set! Go! Benefits of Physical Activity for Individuals with Autism

From weight maintenance to better mental health, the benefits of physical activity are well-documented, but can be difficult to fit into packed schedules. Participation in sports activities helps children meet the recommended minimum requirements for physical activity, but research finds that children with autism are 74% less likely to participate in sports and 60% less likely to be physically active overall....

Vegetables are Yucky! Coping with Food Selectivity and Autism

Mealtime and eating can be a significant source of stress for children with autism and their parents. From not eating enough to overeating and extremely picky eating or “food selectivity,” rigid behaviors and food sensitivities can trap children with autism in a diet lacking variety and nutrition. Why is picky eating common among children with autism? Food selectively may occur for a variety of reasons: aversions to a particular taste, texture, smell or brand of food, gastrointestinal problems, or previous negative experience are among the common possibilities....

Frankly, My Dear. That's Clear: An Expert Q&A on 'Frank' Presentations in Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is so varied in its manifestation of behavioral and social differences that it is hard to make any blanket assumptions about any individual’s abilities, impairments, or interests based on that diagnosis. But one thing that a lot of individuals on the spectrum have in common is that their autism sometimes seems immediately obvious to clinicians who specialize in ASD when they meet them — even before they begin a diagnostic evaluation. ...

Boosting Social Behaviors in People with Autism

It may be possible to boost social interaction in people with autism by using a new therapeutic drug target, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The research team conducted a study in mice to examine a whether a mutation in a specific gene, PCDH10, affects social behavior.  ...