Driven: CAR's Science Blog

Factors Associated with Driving in Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Getting a permit and learning to drive is a ‘rite of passage’ that many teens anticipate for years. A driver’s license comes with independence and responsibility, which can be simultaneously exciting and intimidating. For teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the decision to learn to drive is met with additional challenges and considerations....

Sleep Behaviors and Sleep Quality
Getting a good night of sleep is crucial to a child’s development in the areas of attention, learning, memory, mood regulation, and behavior. Poor sleep quality in children also affects parents’ sleep quality. If a child isn’t sleeping well, chances are his/her parents aren’t sleeping well either.  ...

Presentations of Anxiety in ASD
Anxiety occurs in about 40%-60% of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), yet clinicians aren’t exactly sure how the symptoms present and how to treat them. ...

Employment and Educational Activities for Young Adults with ASD
A study by researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison examined the post-high school occupational and employment activities of young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who had exited high school within the past five years.  ...

Twenty-Year Outcome for Individuals with ASD
Past research on adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with average or near-average IQ scores have found a great variability in their outcomes (job, living independently, and friendships). To learn more about these outcomes, researchers interviewed the parents of adults with ASD who had participated in a study twenty years earlier. ...

Brain Connections and Infant Behavior
The Infant Sibling (IBIS) Network studies infants and toddlers born into families where there is already an older sibling with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This network aims to understand the earliest manifestations of ASD in both brain and behavior....

ASD and Co-Occurring ADHD
Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often have co-occurring conditions including ADHD and anxiety. In fact, it is estimated that over 30% of children with high functioning ASD meet criteria for ADHD and an additional 25% exhibit some ADHD symptoms ...

Unstuck and On Target
A study found that children who were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as ADHD had more impairment in day-to-day life. The impairments were observed in executive function (EF) skills, daily living skills, and behavior problems. ...

4th Annual Huddle Up for Autism
This year, Mother Nature graced us with a beautiful day on April 14th for the 4th Annual Huddle Up for Autism hosted by the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at CHOP and the Philadelphia Eagles!  ...

"Losing" an Autism Diagnosis
A study out of the Netherlands found that 26% of a sample of 170  children who were diagnosed with high functioning autism as children no  longer met diagnostic criteria in adolescence. Deb Dunn, Outreach Director for the Center for Autism Research, discusses the implications of this research on "optimal outcome."...