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Starting with the Man in the Mirror: Repetitive Behaviors and Ethics of Research

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Little brothers aren’t always easy to have around. Needless to say, my relationship with my brother was always very different from my friends. In a sense, our friendship really started because of the music of a moonwalking man, who wears a single glitter glove.






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Girl with Asperger’s Syndrome Tells Her Story to Raise Awareness

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Once Jacki got started on her blog, it quickly became a way to translate Marta’s everyday thoughts and actions. She was also able to connect with other families whose children have Asperger’s Syndrome.






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Neurological Findings behind Autism: Astrocytes

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In the 1990s, scientists found that as human brains develop, a non-neuronal cell called an astrocyte wedges itself between synapses and produces a protein called hevin. In 2011, the purpose of hevin was finally discovered.






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Premature Babies May Not Exhibit Early Autism Symptoms

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A new study published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy tracked babies who were diagnosed as toddlers with ASD. Of those children, the babies prematurely born did not tend to avert their gaze as infants.






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Sniff Tests Could Help Diagnose Autism in Toddlers

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New research might have found an easier way to begin diagnosing autism in the toddler years through a new, simple diagnostic “sniff test.” This behavioral test is measured by sensitivity.






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Grant Will Be Able to Certify More Autism Teachers

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The College of Education’s online MS in Special Ed is growing this fall. Additional full ride scholarships will allow more students to pursue a special autism certificate.






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Could Autism be Linked to Gender Dysphoria?

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Most autism parents, therapists, and teachers are aware that autism is four times more likely to occur in boys rather than girls. Less common in the industry dialog, however, is that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more likely to occur in transgender individuals than the general population.






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Swedish Study Doubts Autism Epidemic

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With the number of diagnoses of autism seemingly increasing every day, it seems as though an epidemic of sorts has arisen. However, a new study has found that instead of autism occurring more commonly, more people are simply being diagnosed with it.






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How Different Countries Stand for Education Equality

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Of the estimated 500 million persons with disabilities worldwide, 120 million to 150 million are children. Eighty percent of these children live in lower to lower-middle-income countries, where they are more likely to not receive the resources needed to ensure successful development into adulthood.






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Author Mark Haddon on Curious Incidents of Misunderstanding

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Haddon explained to an audience at a 2012 Telegraph Hay Festival, “It is used as a textbook for social workers, and for policemen, which is something I heard recently. I never meant it to be a textbook.”






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