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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540452/can-youth-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-use-virtual-reality-driving-simulation-training-to-evaluate-and-improve-driving-performance-an-exploratory-study
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Daniel J Cox, Timothy Brown, Veerle Ross, Matthew Moncrief, Rose Schmitt, Gary Gaffney, Ron Reeve
Investigate how novice drivers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) differ from experienced drivers and whether virtual reality driving simulation training (VRDST) improves ASD driving performance. 51 novice ASD drivers (mean age 17.96 years, 78% male) were randomized to routine training (RT) or one of three types of VRDST (8-12 sessions). All participants followed DMV behind-the-wheel training guidelines for earning a driver's license. Participants were assessed pre- and post-training for driving-specific executive function (EF) abilities and tactical driving skills...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539993/effectiveness-of-non-pharmacological-interventions-on-stereotyped-and-repetitive-behaviors-of-pre-school-children-with-autism-a-systematic-review
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Hadi Zarafshan, Maryam Salmanian, Soudeh Aghamohammadi, Mohammad Reza Mohammadi, Seyed-Ali Mostafavi
INTRODUCTION: The present study aimed to review the literature on non-pharmacological interventions used to treat stereotyped and repetitive behaviors by a systematic method. METHODS: Two authors independently performed a search strategy on Medline/PubMed, Scopus and PsycINFO on English articles published up to April 23, 2014 with relevant search keywords. We also reviewed the bibliographies of retrieved articles and conference proceedings to obtain additional citations and references...
March 2017: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536500/the-impact-of-single-session-intermittent-theta-burst-stimulation-over-the-dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortex-and-posterior-superior-temporal-sulcus-on-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Hsing-Chang Ni, June Hung, Chen-Te Wu, Yu-Yu Wu, Chee-Jen Chang, Rou-Shayn Chen, Ying-Zu Huang
Intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS), a patterned repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, was applied over the posterior superior temporal sulcus (pSTS) or dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) to explore its impact in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Among 25 adults with ASD, 19 (mean age: 20.8 years) completed the randomized, sham-controlled, crossover trial. Every participant received iTBS over the bilateral DLPFC, bilateral pSTS and inion (as a sham control stimulation) in a randomized order with a 1-week interval...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534875/dose-dependent-social-cognitive-effects-of-intranasal-oxytocin-delivered-with-novel-breath-powered-device-in-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-double-blind-crossover-trial
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D S Quintana, L T Westlye, S Hope, T Nærland, T Elvsåshagen, E Dørum, Ø Rustan, M Valstad, L Rezvaya, H Lishaugen, E Stensønes, S Yaqub, K T Smerud, R A Mahmoud, P G Djupesland, O A Andreassen
The neuropeptide oxytocin has shown promise as a treatment for symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). However, clinical research progress has been hampered by a poor understanding of oxytocin's dose-response and sub-optimal intranasal delivery methods. We examined two doses of oxytocin delivered using a novel Breath Powered intranasal delivery device designed to improve direct nose-to-brain activity in a double-blind, crossover, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. In a randomized sequence of single-dose sessions, 17 male adults with ASD received 8 international units (IU) oxytocin, 24IU oxytocin or placebo followed by four social-cognitive tasks...
May 23, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530441/a-pilot-observational-study-of-an-acupressure-acupuncture-intervention-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Lana R Warren, Patricia A Rao, David C Paton
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) would tolerate an acupressure/acupuncture intervention and whether parents would adhere to a twice-weekly, 8-week intervention protocol. Second, to further understand best measures to use to capture impact of intervention on behavioral and regulatory functions. DESIGN: This is an observational pilot study with pre-, mid-, and postintervention measures. SETTINGS/LOCATION: The intervention was carried out in a private practice office in a large metropolitan area...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521112/prevalence-of-externalizing-disorders-and-autism-spectrum-disorder-among-children-with-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Shannon Lange, Jürgen Rehm, Evdokia Anagnostou, Svetlana Popova
Due to their central nervous system impairments, children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) commonly exhibit externalizing behaviours such as hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or delinquency. The purpose of the current study was to estimate the prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders with prominent externalizing behaviours, namely Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder (CD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) among children with FASD...
May 18, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509573/adverse-events-of-atomoxetine-in-a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study-in-children-with-autism
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Rameshwari V Tumuluru, Patricia Corbett-Dick, Michael G Aman, Tristram Smith, L Eugene Arnold, Xueliang Pan, Kristin A Buchan-Page, Nicole V Brown, Melissa M Ryan, Susan L Hyman, Jessica Hellings, Craig Williams, Jill A Hollway, Luc Lecavalier, Robert R Rice, Sarah McAuliffe-Bellin, Benjamin L Handen
OBJECTIVE: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, including inattention and over activity, occur in approximately one-third of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We describe the rate and duration of adverse events in a randomized controlled trial of atomoxetine (ATX) and parent training (PT) for ADHD symptoms and noncompliance in children with ASD. METHODS: We conducted a 10-week, double-blind, 2 × 2 trial of ATX and PT with 128 children (ages 5-14) randomized to ATX alone, ATX+PT, placebo+PT, or placebo alone...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499573/positive-thinking-training-intervention-for-caregivers-of-persons-with-autism-establishing-fidelity
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Abir K Bekhet
More than 3.5 million in the US are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and caregivers experience stress that adversely affects their well-being. Positive thinking training (PTT) intervention can minimize that stress. However, before testing the effectiveness of PTT, its fidelity must be established. This pilot intervention trial examined fidelity of an online PTT intervention for ASD caregivers with a random assignment of 73 caregivers to either the online PTT intervention or to the control group...
June 2017: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479884/prevalence-and-socioeconomic-correlates-of-autism-among-children-attending-primary-and-secondary-schools-in-south-east-nigeria
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Josephat M Chinawa, Pius C Manyike, Elias C Aniwada, Awoere T Chinawa, Herbert A Obu, Odutola I Odetunde, Ada Rc Nwokocha, Roland R Ibekwe
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of the study were to determine the prevalence and socio-economic determinants of autism among children attending primary and secondary schools in South East, Nigeria. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study that assessed the prevalence and socio-economic pattern of childhood autism among children attending primary and secondary schools in Enugu and Ebonyi states, South East Nigeria. The questionnaire was adapted from American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR, 2000)...
December 2016: African Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476693/oxytocin-administration-during-spontaneous-labor-guidelines-for-clinical-practice-chapter%C3%A2-6-fetal-neonatal-and-pediatric-risks-and-adverse-effects-of-using-oxytocin-augmentation-during-spontaneous-labor
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474229/dose-response-effects-of-long-acting-liquid-methylphenidate-in-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-and-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd-a-pilot-study
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Soo-Jeong Kim, Sophia Shonka, William P French, Jennifer Strickland, Lindsey Miller, Mark A Stein
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms are common in youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and are frequently treated with stimulant medications. Twenty-seven children were randomized to different dose titration schedules, and ADHD symptoms, tolerability, and aberrant behaviors were assessed weekly during a 6-week trial with long-acting liquid methylphenidate (MPH). MPH at low to moderate doses was effective in reducing ADHD symptoms and was well tolerated in young children with ASD and ADHD...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471964/prenatal-perinatal-and-postnatal-factors-associated-with-autism-a-meta-analysis
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Chengzhong Wang, Hua Geng, Weidong Liu, Guiqin Zhang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this meta-analysis was to investigate the prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal risk factors for children autism. METHODS: PubMed, Embase, Web of Science were used to search for studies that examined the prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal risk factors for children autism. A fixed-effects model or random-effects model was used to pool the overall effect estimates. RESULTS: Data from 37,634 autistic children and 12,081,416 nonautistic children enrolled in 17 studies were collated...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464438/social-skills-training-for-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-using-a-robotic-behavioral-intervention-system
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Sang-Seok Yun, JongSuk Choi, Sung-Kee Park, Gui-Young Bong, HeeJeong Yoo
We designed a robot system that assisted in behavioral intervention programs of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The eight-session intervention program was based on the discrete trial teaching protocol and focused on two basic social skills: eye contact and facial emotion recognition. The robotic interactions occurred in four modules: training element query, recognition of human activity, coping-mode selection, and follow-up action. Children with ASD who were between 4 and 7 years old and who had verbal IQ ≥ 60 were recruited and randomly assigned to the treatment group (TG, n = 8, 5...
May 2, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454928/community-partnered-research-with-urban-school-districts-that-serve-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Tristram Smith, Suzannah Iadarola, David S Mandell, Robin Harwood, Connie Kasari
OBJECTIVE: To illustrate the process of community-partnered participatory research (CPPR) to develop and evaluate interventions for children with autism in urban school districts METHODS: We formed partnerships of school personnel, parents, and researchers to guide the project. We then conducted focus groups, key informant interviews, and town halls to explore how public schools currently serve students with autism. We used findings from these activities to adapt interventions for public schools...
April 25, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452904/a-placebo-controlled-crossover-trial-of-gastrin-releasing-peptide-in-childhood-autism
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Josemar Marchezan, Michele Becker, Gilberto Schwartsmann, Lygia Ohlweiler, Rafael Roesler, Luiza Brusius Renck, Marcela Matos Monteiro Gonçalves, Josiane Ranzan, Rudimar Dos Santos Riesgo
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) compared with placebo in autism spectrum disorder symptoms. METHODOLOGY: This is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial using GRP 160 pmol/kg for 4 consecutive days in 10 children with autism. Outcomes were measured by the Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC) scale. RESULTS: All participants were boys, aged between 4 and 9 years...
May 2017: Clinical Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448225/online-positive-thinking-training-intervention-for-caregivers-of-individuals-with-asd-necessity-acceptability-and-feasibility
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Abir K Bekhet
BACKGROUND: More than 3.5 million people in the United States are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Caring for children with ASD can be stressful and can be detrimental to the well-being of the caregivers (CGs). However, the adverse effects of caregiving on the well-being of CGs may be avoided with appropriate interventions. CGs of persons with ASD might benefit from a positive thinking training (PTT) intervention to help them cope with the stress of caregiving. However, the necessity, acceptability and feasibility for PTT in ASD CGs have not been studied...
May 2017: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439105/autism-spectrum-disorders-a-meta-analysis-of-executive-function
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E A Demetriou, A Lampit, D S Quintana, S L Naismith, Y J C Song, J E Pye, I Hickie, A J Guastella
Evidence of executive dysfunction in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) across development remains mixed and establishing its role is critical for guiding diagnosis and intervention. The primary objectives of this meta-analysis is to analyse executive function (EF) performance in ASD, the fractionation across EF subdomains, the clinical utility of EF measures and the influence of multiple moderators (for example, age, gender, diagnosis, measure characteristics). The Embase, Medline and PsychINFO databases were searched to identify peer-reviewed studies published since the inclusion of Autism in DSM-III (1980) up to end of June 2016 that compared EF in ASD with neurotypical controls...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438367/the-effect-of-dietary-supplements-on-clinical-aspects-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Maria Gogou, George Kolios
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder is associated with significant social and financial burden and no definite treatment for this entity has been identified, yet. In recent years there has been an increasing interest in the use of dietary interventions as a complementary therapeutic option for these patients. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review is to provide high evidence level literature data about the effect of dietary supplements on clinical aspects of children with autism...
April 21, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437148/autism-and-mind-body-therapies-a-systematic-review
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Sarah Hourston, Rachel Atchley
BACKGROUND: Mind-body therapies are often used by people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). However, there has been little examination into which types of mind-body therapies have been investigated for people with ASD and for what purposes. A systematic review was conducted to evaluate the existing evidence for mind-body therapies for people with ASD, particularly to determine the types of mind-body therapies used and the outcomes that are targeted. METHODS: PubMed, PsychInfo, and Scopus were searched using terms for ASD and mind-body therapies...
May 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418571/risk-for-autism-spectrum-disorders-according-to-period-of-prenatal-antidepressant-exposure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Antonia Mezzacappa, Pierre-Alexandre Lasica, Francesco Gianfagna, Odile Cazas, Patrick Hardy, Bruno Falissard, Anne-Laure Sutter-Dallay, Florence Gressier
Importance: Several studies have examined the links between prenatal exposure to antidepressants and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in children, with inconsistent results, especially regarding the impact of the trimester of exposure. Objective: To perform a systematic review of the literature and a meta-analysis of published studies to assess the association between ASDs and fetal exposure to antidepressants during pregnancy for each trimester of pregnancy and preconception...
April 17, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
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