Salivary α‐amylase as a marker of stress reduction in individuals with intellectual disability and autism in response to occupational and music therapy

ConclusionsNot only do these results confirm the stress‐reducing nature of two types of multisensory therapy, but they support the use of sAA as a potential tool for evaluating stress levels in individuals with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder, providing an important physiological lens that may guide strategies in clinical and non‐clinical care for individuals with disabilities.
Source: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research - Category: Disability Authors: Tags: Brief Report Source Type: research

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Conditions:   Autism Spectrum Disorder;   Autism;   Asperger Syndrome;   Pervasive Developmental Disorder;   Adolescent Development Intervention:   Behavioral: Project SEARCH Plus ASD Supports Sponsors:   Virginia Commonwealth University;   National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Completed
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Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are neurodevelopmental in origin, and characterized by impaired social communications and interactions, along with repetitive behaviors, interests, and activities. Individuals with ASD may have a great interest in mathematics, art, or music, and occasionally have a remarkable talent in one of these fields. Musical savants with autism are individuals with superior ability in musical perception and production, despite their intellectual and social impairments. Several studies show that individuals with autism have better musical ability (sound reproduction, note identification, and pitch perce...
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Publication date: September 2018 Source:Research in Developmental Disabilities, Volume 80 Author(s): Pamela Heaton, Wai Fung Tsang, Kelly Jakubowski, Daniel Mullensiefen, Rory Allen Deficits in auditory short-term memory have been widely reported in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI), and recent evidence suggests that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and co-morbid language impairment (ALI) experience similar difficulties. Music, like language relies on auditory memory and the aim of the study was to extend work investigating the impact of auditory short-term memory impairments to musical perception in ...
Source: Research in Developmental Disabilities - Category: Disability Source Type: research
On June 10, Ashley Wright took her two kids to the Riverview Park and Zoo in Peterborough. Wright's 13 year old son Logan is on the autism spectrum and has other disabilities. "Why do people bring kids like that out in public?" a man yelled at her.
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Conditions:   Autism;   Autism Spectrum Disorder;   Nonverbal Learning Disability Interventions:   Drug: Memantine Hydrochloride;   Drug: Placebo Sponsor:   Massachusetts General Hospital Not yet recruiting
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Discussion 22q11.2 deletion sequence (22q11) is the most common micro-deletion syndrome. Most deletions are de novo. It affects ~1 in 2000-4000 live births. As it is autosomal, it affects males and females equally. Childhood mortality is low and often associated with congenital heart defects. Its phenotypic expression is highly variable. Some of the most common medical problems are: Congenital heart defects especially conotruncal abnormalities Palatal problems especially velopharyngeal incompetence and/or cleft lip/palate Immunodeficiency especially T-cell lymphopenia, but also abnormalities of IgG production, autoimmu...
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Many young adults, specifically those with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), do not meet the national physical activity (PA) guidelines. One way to address this problem may be to examine the factors that motivate individuals to engage in PA. However, the majority of current literature does not consider the unique characteristics of individuals with ASD, which may influence their motivation.
Source: Disability and Health Journal - Category: Disability Authors: Source Type: research
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Research in Developmental Disabilities, Volume 80 Author(s): Cooper R. Woodard, Jin Chung The Meta-play Method is a play-based, naturalistic set of interventions designed to decrease the symptoms associated with autism in toddlers. The purpose of the present study was to explore the feasibility of using this intervention set with a small group of toddlers and their parents. We selected seven toddlers diagnosed with autism and tested these children for autism severity and severity of repetitive behaviors. Parents were trained on the basic concepts of DBTA and the Meta-play activities...
Source: Research in Developmental Disabilities - Category: Disability Source Type: research
Conclusions Our findings corroborate a specific metacognitive executive function-adaptive communication association in ASD. EF interventions might be important treatment targets for improving functioning, especially in the communicative domain, in ASD-ID.
Source: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Conclusions Within this pilot study, written disclosure appeared beneficial to caregiver psychophysiological stress. However, due to the provision of substantial participant adherence support, we refrain from suggesting feasibility. Nonetheless, improvement of mental health pathology in parents of children with ASD is both significant and timely.
Source: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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