Social Development

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Social relationships, including friendships and intimate relationships, are closely linked with overall health and wellbeing. Social relationships help to ward off depression and anxiety and increase self-esteem and satisfaction in life.  ...

Call Me, Maybe?

Oh the wild world of dating! It’s confusing enough for most to navigate, but teens and adults with autism can face additional obstacless while learning the fine art of flirting. Starting a conversation, reading non-verbal body cues, and knowing when someone shares your romantic interest are a handful of the dating nuances may be lost in translation for some people with autism....

Let’s Talk about Sex, Baby

For typically developing tweens and teens, sex education comes most often from peers, parents, school and healthcare providers. The same can’t be said for tweens and teens with autism. ...

Members of the Lonely Hearts Club?

Autism experts speculate that one of the many complicating aspects of diagnosing autism in girls and women may have to do with the way boys and girls are socialized differently.  ...

Lagging Skills May be Behind Challenging Behaviors in Children with Autism

CAR research suggests a promising framework for helping children with ASD overcome challenging behaviors ...

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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.  ...

Switching Lenses: A Shift in Perspective Led Researchers to Unexpected Results About Face-Processing in ASD

Humanity seems to be “hard-wired” to pay attention to faces and facial expressions. Zeroing in on faces (rather than other body parts or objects) and being able to differentiate between people’s identities or expressions is one of the first skills developed during infancy. ...

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CAR Research: Attention and Gaze Hold Clues to Social Development in Autism

CAR psychologist Benjamin Yerys, PhD, studies attention, impulsivity, and distractibility in ASD, as well as in ADHD and anxiety- ASD’s frequent companions. A pair of his studies contribute to our understanding of how children with ASD prioritize and respond to social information in their environment. ...

New Findings Related to Attention and Gaze Give Us Clues to Differences in Social Development for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Difficulty interpreting social information is one of the defining characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), but  there is still a lot we don't understand about the underlying causes of some of these social differences. ...