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Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823194/do-puzzle-pieces-and-autism-puzzle-piece-logos-evoke-negative-associations
#1
Morton Ann Gernsbacher, Adam R Raimond, Jennifer L Stevenson, Jilana S Boston, Bev Harp
Puzzle pieces have become ubiquitous symbols for autism. However, puzzle-piece imagery stirs debate between those who support and those who object to its use because they believe puzzle-piece imagery evokes negative associations. Our study empirically investigated whether puzzle pieces evoke negative associations in the general public. Participants' ( N = 400) implicit negative associations were measured with an Implicit Association Task, which is a speeded categorization task, and participants' explicit associations were measured with an Explicit Association Task, which is a standard task for assessing consumers' explicit associations with brands (and images of those brands)...
August 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805071/a-systematic-review-of-quality-of-life-of-adults-on-the-autism-spectrum
#2
Michael Ayres, Jeremy R Parr, Jacqui Rodgers, David Mason, Leah Avery, Darren Flynn
Autism spectrum disorder is associated with co-existing conditions that may adversely affect an individual's quality of life. No systematic review of quality of life of adults on the autism spectrum has been conducted. Our objectives were as follows: (1) review the evidence about quality of life for adults on the autism spectrum; (2) critically appraise current practice in assessing quality of life of adults on the autism spectrum. We searched bibliographic databases and other literature to identify studies using a direct measure of quality of life of adults on the autism spectrum...
August 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782371/patterns-of-fixation-during-face-recognition-differences-in-autism-across-age
#3
Jennifer Fedor, Andrew Lynn, William Foran, Jared DiCicco-Bloom, Beatriz Luna, Kirsten O'Hearn
Difficulties with face recognition increase from adolescence to adulthood in autism, reflecting a lack of typical late development. We examined whether this reflects differences in the development of patterns of fixation to eyes and mouths during face recognition. Children, adolescents, and adults (aged 7-30) with and without autism completed the Cambridge Face Memory Test while gaze was recorded. Average duration and number of fixations were calculated for eyes and mouth regions of interest, defined individually for each face image in the task...
August 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750547/addressing-medical-needs-of-adolescents-and-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorders-in-a-primary-care-setting
#4
Youssra Saqr, Erika Braun, Kyle Porter, Debra Barnette, Christopher Hanks
Little has been reported about how to improve health care access and delivery for adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder. To understand the contributions to the health disparities in the autism spectrum disorder population, we conducted two independent research approaches to learn about current medical needs. A retrospective chart review was performed to evaluate medical comorbidities and medication use. A focus group was also created to address barriers faced in providing medical care. Of 126 charts reviewed, 49% (n = 62) had intellectual disability, 49% (n = 62) had attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, 52% (n = 65) had anxiety, 41% (n = 52) had obesity, 31% (n = 39) with a history of aggressive behavior, 31% (n = 31) had depression, 22% (n = 28) had seizures, and 9% (n = 11) had hypertension...
July 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750544/emotion-awareness-and-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-in-young-people-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#5
Cara Roberts-Collins, Gerwyn Mahoney-Davies, Ailsa Russell, Anne Booth, Maria Loades
Young people with autism spectrum disorder experience high levels of emotional problems, including anxiety and depression. Adapted cognitive behavioural therapy is recommended for such difficulties. However, no evidence suggests whether emotion awareness is important in treatment outcome for young people on the autism spectrum. This study aimed to investigate the potential differences in emotion awareness between (1) young people on the autism spectrum and typically developing youth and (2) young people on the autism spectrum with and without experience of cognitive behavioural therapy...
July 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750543/bio-ecological-factors-associated-with-the-psychological-distress-of-fathers-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-a-population-based-study-of-australian-families
#6
Monique Seymour, Rebecca Giallo, Catherine E Wood
Using a bio-ecological framework, the aim of this study was to examine factors associated with psychological distress experienced by fathers of children with autism spectrum disorder from a nationally representative sample of Australian children and their families. Individual (e.g. age and self-efficacy), interpersonal (e.g. partner distress, couple relationship, child behaviour and social support) and social environmental factors (e.g. job quality and financial hardship) were explored as potential predictors of fathers' distress...
July 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747070/hooked-on-a-feeling-repetitive-cognition-and-internalizing-symptomatology-in-relation-to-autism-spectrum-symptomatology
#7
Elliot Gavin Keenan, Katherine Gotham, Matthew D Lerner
Repetitive cognition, including rumination such as that seen in depression, has been shown to correlate with depression symptoms in both typically developing individuals and individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Repetitive cognition is more common in autism spectrum disorder than in typically developing peers, as is depression; thus, this study evaluated the role of repetitive cognition in relation between autism spectrum symptomatology and depressive symptomatology. In all, 200 typically developing adults completed self-report questionnaires measuring autism spectrum symptomatology, different forms of repetitive cognition (general perseveration and depressive rumination), depression, and rejection sensitivity...
July 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691518/typical-pain-experience-but-underestimation-of-others-pain-emotion-perception-in-self-and-others-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
#8
Hanna Thaler, Joshua C Skewes, Line Gebauer, Peer Christensen, Kenneth M Prkachin, Else-Marie Jegindø Elmholdt
Difficulties in emotion perception are commonly observed in autism spectrum disorder. However, it is unclear whether these difficulties can be attributed to a general problem of relating to emotional states, or whether they specifically concern the perception of others' expressions. This study addressed this question in the context of pain, a sensory and emotional state with strong social relevance. We investigated pain evaluation in self and others in 16 male individuals with autism spectrum disorder and 16 age- and gender-matched individuals without autism spectrum disorder...
July 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691502/associations-of-quality-of-life-with-health-related-characteristics-among-children-with-autism
#9
Karen A Kuhlthau, Erin McDonnell, Dan L Coury, Nalin Payakachat, Eric Macklin
We examine whether behavioral, mental health, and physical health characteristics of children with autism are associated with baseline and change in health-related quality of life. We measured health-related quality of life with the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0 total scores from children enrolled in the Autism Treatment Network. We used linear mixed model regressions with random slopes. Predictors of lower health-related quality of life at baseline included demographic and insurance characteristics, diagnosis, higher Child Behavior Checklist internalizing and externalizing scores, sleep problems by Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire, seizures, gastrointestinal problems, and mental health problems...
July 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691500/factors-associated-with-sustained-community-employment-among-adults-with-autism-and-co-occurring-intellectual-disability
#10
Wai Chan, Leann E Smith, Jinkuk Hong, Jan S Greenberg, Julie Lounds Taylor, Marsha R Mailick
Sustaining community employment is a challenge for adults with autism spectrum disorders, especially for those who have co-occurring intellectual disability, but factors contributing to this employment outcome have not been fully evaluated. This study utilized longitudinal data to explore the impact of contextual influences, family factors, and individual characteristics on sustained employment over approximately 18 months ( N = 105). Very few adults with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability achieved sustained employment (14...
July 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683569/perspective-taking-is-two-sided-misunderstandings-between-people-with-asperger-s-syndrome-and-their-family-members
#11
Brett Heasman, Alex Gillespie
Misunderstandings are social in nature, always having two sides. Yet the misunderstandings experienced by people with Asperger's syndrome are usually studied in terms of the individual with a diagnosis, with less emphasis on social relations. We use a two-sided methodology to map out misunderstandings within 22 dyads (n = 44) consisting of people with Asperger's syndrome and their family members. Both sides of the relationship were asked about 12 topics in terms of one's rating of Self, one's rating of Other and one's predicted rating by Other...
July 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683562/gaze-to-faces-across-interactive-contexts-in-infants-at-heightened-risk-for-autism
#12
Devon N Gangi, A J Schwichtenberg, Ana-Maria Iosif, Gregory S Young, Fam Baguio, Sally Ozonoff
Infant social-communicative behavior, such as gaze to the face of an interactive partner, is an important early developmental skill. Children with autism spectrum disorder exhibit atypicalities in social-communicative behavior, including gaze and eye contact. Behavioral differences in infancy may serve as early markers of autism spectrum disorder and help identify individuals at highest risk for developing the disorder. Researchers often assess social-communicative behavior in a single interactive context, such as during assessment with an unfamiliar examiner or play with a parent...
July 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686039/change-detection-of-meaningful-objects-in-real-world-scenes-in-adolescents-with-and-without-autism-spectrum-disorder
#13
Steven Vanmarcke, Ilse Noens, Jean Steyaert, Johan Wagemans
Previous research suggested that adolescents with autism spectrum disorder are better than typically developing children in detecting local, non-social details within complex visual scenes. To better understand these differences, we used the image database by Sareen et al., containing the size and on-screen location information of all changes in the images, in a change blindness paradigm. In this task, an original and a modified real-world scene, separated by a gray blank, alternate repeatedly until observers detect the change...
June 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683578/general-practice-encounters-for-young-patients-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-australia
#14
Kitty-Rose Foley, Allan J Pollack, Helena C Britt, Nicholas G Lennox, Julian N Trollor
This study compared the patient demographics and reasons for encounter in general practice for patients <25 years with and without an autism spectrum disorder identified as a reason for encounter and/or problem managed. The Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health programme collected information about clinical activities in Australian general practice. Each year, the programme recruited a random sample of 1000 general practitioners, each of whom collected data for 100 consecutive consultations (encounters)...
June 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683568/the-effect-of-being-imitated-on-empathy-for-pain-in-adults-with-high-functioning-autism-disturbed-self-other-distinction-leads-to-altered-empathic-responding
#15
Lize De Coster, Jan R Wiersema, Eliane Deschrijver, Marcel Brass
Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is associated with problems in empathy. Recent research suggests that impaired control over self-other overlap based on motor representations in individuals with autism spectrum disorder might underlie these difficulties. In order to investigate the relationship of self-other distinction and empathy for pain in high-functioning autism and matched controls, we manipulated self-other distinction by using a paradigm in which participants are either imitated or not by a hand on a computer screen...
June 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683565/support-for-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-without-intellectual-impairment-systematic-review
#16
Theo Lorenc, Mark Rodgers, David Marshall, Hollie Melton, Rebecca Rees, Kath Wright, Amanda Sowden
Adults with autism spectrum disorder without intellectual impairment may benefit from a range of support services. This article presents the results of a systematic review assessing the effectiveness of supportive interventions for adults with autism spectrum disorder without intellectual impairment. A total of 32 studies were included; most focused on younger male participants. Although evidence was lacking for most types of intervention, employment programmes and social skills training were found to be effective for more proximal outcomes such as social skills...
June 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683558/supporting-university-students-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#17
Ashleigh Hillier, Jody Goldstein, Deirdra Murphy, Rhoda Trietsch, Jacqueline Keeves, Eva Mendes, Alexa Queenan
Increasing numbers of students with autism spectrum disorder are entering higher education. Their success can be jeopardized by organizational, social/emotional, and academic challenges if appropriate supports are not in place. Our objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of a support group model for university students with autism spectrum disorder in improving psychological and functional outcomes. A curriculum guided the weekly discussions and consisted of topics such as time and stress management, managing group work, and social communication...
June 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666391/the-combined-impact-of-social-support-and-perceived-stress-on-quality-of-life-in-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-without-intellectual-disability
#18
Lauren Bishop-Fitzpatrick, Carla A Mazefsky, Shaun M Eack
Identifying modifiable correlates of good quality of life in adults with autism spectrum disorder is of paramount importance for intervention development as the population of adults with autism spectrum disorder increases. This study sought to examine social support and perceived stress as potential modifiable correlates of quality of life in adults with autism spectrum disorder. We hypothesized that adults with autism spectrum disorder without co-occurring intellectual disabilities ( N = 40; aged 18-44 years) would report lower levels of social support and quality of life than typical community volunteers who were matched for age, sex, and race ( N = 25)...
June 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641490/preserved-imitation-in-contrast-to-limited-free-application-of-comfortable-hand-actions-in-intellectually-able-young-adults-with-an-autism-spectrum-disorder
#19
Caroline Beelen, Koen Cuypers, Lise van Schuerbeeck, Marijke Braeken, Veerle Ross, Ellen Jongen, Raf Meesen, Marleen Vanvuchelen
Imitation problems are commonly reported in children with an autism spectrum disorder. However, it has not yet been determined whether imitation problems persist into young adulthood. In this study, we investigated imitation skills of 20 intellectually able young adults with autism spectrum disorder relative to 19 age-matched neurotypical adults. For this purpose, we used a bar-transport task, which evokes the application of the end-state comfort principle. Specifically, we examined whether young adults with autism spectrum disorder imitated the means-end structure of a demonstrator's bar-transport action with and without application of the end-state comfort principle (imitation task)...
June 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637355/evaluation-of-employment-support-services-for-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#20
David B Nicholas, Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Jennifer Zwicker, Margaret E Clarke, Ramesh Lamsal, Kevin P Stoddart, Cynthia Carroll, Barbara Muskat, Margaret Spoelstra, Katelyn Lowe
The employment rate among persons with autism spectrum disorder has been noted as unacceptably low. Employment-support services are increasingly linked to the potential for favorable job outcomes, yet little is known about employment-support practices and the outcome of these interventions. This mixed-methods study examined employment-support resources for persons with autism spectrum disorder. An online survey was completed by 137 senior clinicians or administrators in employment-support programs in Canada...
June 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
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