Study highlights importance of routine surveillance, rapid referral for infant siblings of children with ASD
August 15, 2011 (Baltimore, MD)—A new study published today in the journal Pediatrics (Epub ahead of print) found that the risk that an infant sibling of an older child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will also develop the condition, known as recurrence risk, is substantially higher than previously thought. The study found that the average risk of recurrence is 18.7 percent, much higher than the previous estimates of 3 to 10 percent.
Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual fundraiser raises critical funds for autism research
(Baltimore, MD)- On May 1, 2011, in an effort to raise awareness and critically needed funds for autism research, Kennedy Krieger Institute will host its seventh annual ROAR for Autism at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the prevalence rate of autism, a complex, life-altering, developmental disorder, has risen to 1 in 110 children. Kennedy Krieger continues to be one of the nation's leaders in autism research, striving to provide earlier diagnosis and intervention.
Kennedy Krieger researchers find autism does not affect family structure
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Having a child with autism can put stress on the parents' marriage, and a frequently cited statistic leads to a common perception that the divorce rate among these families is as high as 80 percent. But a study to be released at a news conference today by researchers from Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore found that a child's autism has no effect on the family structure.
Children with developmental regression at increased risk for more severe autism
(Baltimore, MD) - Kennedy Krieger Institute announced today new study results showing that when and how autism symptoms appear in the first three years of life has vital implications to a child's developmental, diagnostic, and educational outcomes.
Correlations of Autistic Behaviors Shown in Children with Down syndrome
Kennedy Krieger Research Update: Dr. Walter E. Kaufmann
In a continuation of his research looking at children with a co-diagnosis of both autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other well-known genetic disorders, Dr. Walter E. Kaufmann and colleagues recently published a study that examined the difference in brain structure between children with either Down syndrome alone and children with both Down syndrome and ASD. Dr.
Study is First to Show Group-Based Intervention is Effective for Toddlers as Young as Two Years of Age
In a study recently published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (Epub ahead of print), researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute found that early intervention can improve the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in very young children. This is the first randomized clinical trial measuring how a group-based early intervention model impacts social development in toddlers with ASD.
In recent years, experts have made remarkable strides in better understanding autism, including developing more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment. At Kennedy Krieger Institute, researchers are continuing to investigate this complex disorder in the hopes of not only improving diagnoses and interventions, but also discovering autism's causes and possible means of prevention.