Driven: CAR's Science Blog

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....

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....

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. ...

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
The Whys of Gender Disparities in Autism
1 in 68 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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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.  ...

Um, Uh,… Unmasking Autism
In everyday conversation, speech fillers convey social context, filling normal pauses in speech and indicating whether a pause will be short, using “uh”, or longer, using “um”. ...

Categories: Genetics
CHOP and Floreo Awarded $1.7M NIH Grant to Test Whether VR can Improve Police Safety in Individuals with ASD
The Small Business Technology Transfer Fast-track award will fund new pilots with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Autism Research. ...

Combining Gaming + Biofeedback to Help Children with Autism Improve Social Skills
In a newly-launched gaming study, CAR researchers are incorporating biosensors to detect symptoms of anxiety in children as they engage in a space-themed 3D video game.  ...