Driven: CAR's Science Blog

Meet Massimo
Families participate in autism research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for many reasons. Some are looking for answers and a better understanding of autism. Some want to "give back" by volunteering for research. Some hope to find ways to make their lives a little easier. But most do not expect to receive another diagnosis.  ...

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....

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. ...

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....

Obesity is a weighty issue for children with autism: but why?
Only recently have doctors and researchers begun to look at overweight and obesity specifically in children with autism - and they were astonished with what they found. Children with autism are two times more likely to be overweight and 5 times more likely to be obese. ...

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....

CAR Researchers Zero in on Genetic Risk Factors for ASD
Genetics or Environment?  It’s a familiar debate that plays out as scientists search for the causes of most health conditions. Autism is no stranger to this debate. ...

Categories: Genetics
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.  ...

The Whys of Gender Disparities in Autism
1 in 40 children are diagnosed with autism (ASD), but research tells us that females are less likely to be diagnosed than males. In recent years, scientists have begun to ask why this disparity exists. ...

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