Driven: CAR's Science Blog

A Prescription for Gaming to Treat ADHD?
A doctor-prescribed videogame? It may not be as far off as you’d think. Imagine an engaging iPad-based game that helps children improve their attention ...

Using Virtual Reality to Teach Crucial Community Safety Skills
As youth on the autism spectrum transition to adulthood and gain increasing independence, their families often fret over their safety and their ability to respond in critical situations.  ...

Untangling Anxiety and Autism
All children experience fears and worries at some point. However, if the child has autism spectrum disorder, they may be especially fearful of particular sights, sounds or places. ...

Social Anxiety, or Just Disinterested? (And Why it Matters.)
Social interactions are a common cause of anxiety among individuals with autism. However, it can be extremely challenging for parents or clinicians to distinguish between social disinterest and social anxiety in someone diagnosed with ASD. ...

Notes from the Field- Treatment Options for Co-occurring Anxiety and Autism
Since there are very few studies on how to treat anxiety in patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it can be challenging for families to find a clinical specialist. So, what should clinicians do to help children with a dual diagnosis? ...

Join CAR for the Eagles Autism Challenge!
At a kick-off press conference on September 15th, the Philadelphia Eagles, Mayor Kenney, CHOP, Thomas Jefferson University and Drexel University gathered to announce the first annual Eagles Autism Challenge. ...

CAR's Dr. Susan Levy Honored with Prestigious Award during 2017 AAP Conference
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Dr. Susan  E. Levy recognized for her contributions in the field of children with disabilities ...

Taking Flight for Autism Fundraiser Contributes $1.6 Million to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Center for Autism Research
The second annual Taking Flight for Autism event was held at Lincoln Financial Field Wednesday, August 30, 2017 and raised money for the autism support programs at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the research programs at CHOP’s Center for Autism Research. ...

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 ...

Categories: Social Development
Simultaneously Weaker and Stronger? New Brain Research Begins to Makes Sense of a Longstanding Paradox
The rapidly developing field of functional connectivity research provides a nuanced understanding of brain connections, or communications, and suggests that people on the autism spectrum may have simultaneously weaker and stronger brain connections. ...