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Autism Spectrum Disorder and Complementary Health Approaches

Parents whose children have autism spectrum disorder may choose complementary health approaches for their affected children. Melatonin may help with ASD-associated sleep disorders and music therapy may have other positive effects, but the efficacy of other complementary health approaches is uncertain.
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Source Type: news

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Publication date: 18 April 2018 Source:Neuron, Volume 98, Issue 2 Author(s): Alexandra Krol, Ralf D. Wimmer, Michael M. Halassa, Guoping Feng Diagnoses of behavioral disorders such as autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia are based on symptomatic descriptions that have been difficult to connect to mechanism. Although psychiatric genetics provide insight into the genetic underpinning of such disorders, with a majority of cases explained by polygenic factors, it remains difficult to design rational treatments. In this review, we highlight the value of understanding neural circuit function both as an intermediate level ...
Source: Neuron - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Happy Saturday, sweet readers! Did everyone survive yesterday? Or did you even realize it was Friday 13th? Honestly, I didn’t remember until around noon yesterday. To quote the great Michael Scott, “I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.” In other words, I didn’t wake up and begin anxiously awaiting doom around every corner, but, once I did remember what day it was…I kept an eye open. It’s only human nature. Anyway, let’s get on with everything this week’s Psychology Around the Net has to offer which includes science-backed ways to boost creativity, how to ...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Alzheimer's Bipolar Celebrities Children and Teens College Creativity Disorders Happiness Phobia Psychology Around the Net Research Sleep Women's Issues Alzheimer's disease Bipolar Disorder brain Creative Thinking Embarra Source Type: blogs
Genetic studies point to the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) in the pathogenesis of ASD. The TRN modulates sensory processing and attention by gating thalamocortical communication during wake, and propagates spindles during sleep (oscillations critical for memory consolidation). Here, we investigated whether thalamocortical functional connectivity is abnormal in ASD. Because motion artifacts may create spurious group differences, we used pre-scan training and strict data quality inclusion criteria to prevent and control for motion confounds.
Source: Biological Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: research
We present the case of a 12-year-old child with atypical autism who developed psychotic symptoms that led to a diagnostic dilemma. Proper exploration of early childhood history, prompt treatment with an antipsychotic medication, and social skill training led to resolution of psychotic symptoms and improvement in disruptive symptoms of autism. Keywords: Autism, psychosis, association, autism spectrum disorder, ASD Since the concept of psychosis by Blueler 1 and Kraeplin2 first emerged, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was thought to be an early manifestation of psychosis or schizophrenia, and ASD in children was referred as &...
Source: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Case Report Current Issue ASD association autism autism spectrum disorder psychosis Source Type: research
Kudos to Nicole Archambault for her highly informative and well-documented article on sleep, airway function and the effect of sleep-disordered breathing on our children (“Healthy Breathing, ’Round the Clock,” February 2018). The impact of airway-function disorders (AFDs) cannot be overstated. The high percentages of comorbidity between AFD and sleep disorders, autism, learning disability, ADHD, and speech-language and swallowing difficulties are shocking. Who knew?
Source: The ASHA Leader Online - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research
Children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) are at high risk for sleep problems, especially insomnia. It is currently not known whether behavioural sleep interventions developed for typically developing (TD) children are effective for children with NDD, and if interventions need to be modified for each diagnostic group. The aim of this systematic review was to identify and evaluate commonalities, trends in outcomes, and the methodological quality of parent-delivered behavioural sleep interventions for children with NDD, specifically Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cereb...
Source: Sleep Medicine Reviews - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Tags: Clinical Review Source Type: research
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Source: Basic and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
ConclusionsWhile it is often assumed that sensitivities in all sensory domains are similarly associated with sleep problems, our results suggest that hypersensitivity towards touch exhibits the strongest relationship with sleep disturbances when examining children autism. We speculate that hypersensitivity towards touch interferes with sleep onset and maintenance in a considerable number of children with autism who exhibit severe sleep disturbances. This may indicate the existence of a specific sleep disturbance mechanism that is associated with sensitivity to touch, which may be important to consider in future scientific ...
Source: Molecular Autism - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
AbstractThe current study investigated toileting problems in one hundred and twenty-seven children and adolescents with parent-reported diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder. Toileting refers to the accomplishment of various unprompted behaviors, including recognising the need to go to the toilet, and waiting before eliminating. The relationship between toileting problems and age, gender, intellectual disability, gastrointestinal symptoms, sleep problems, comorbid psychopathology, quality of life, and adaptive functioning were examined using parent-report questionnaires. The most common toileting problems were, “Does...
Source: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities - Category: Disability Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 17 March 2018 Source:Epilepsy & Behavior Author(s): Sarah F. Pollack, Olivia R. Grocott, Kimberly A. Parkin, Anna M. Larson, Ronald L. Thibert Angelman syndrome (AS) is a neurogenetic imprinting disorder caused by loss of the maternally inherited Ube3a gene and is characterized by generalized epilepsy, limited expressive speech, sleep dysfunction, and movement disorders. Myoclonic seizures are often the first seizure type to appear, and myoclonic status, associated with developmental regression, may occur in the first few years of life. Additionally, there have been rare reports of p...
Source: Epilepsy and Behavior - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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