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The pace of research focused on autism is at an all-time high. Stay up-to-date with this sampling of important new findings emerging in the field, news items, and upcoming events.

A lifetime perspective on autism

A recent study utilized statistical modeling to develop a novel way to predict adult outcomes among individuals with ASD. Researchers measured core clinical features, such as intelligence or degree of ASD related symptoms, in individuals who had been diagnosed before age two.

Exploring Developmental and Behavioral Heterogeneity among Preschoolers with ASD: A Cluster Analysis on Principal Components

Each individual with autism has unique strengths and areas of challenge, and providers have struggled to find interventions suited for the broad profiles of this population. The researchers analyzed a group of 188 preschoolers with autism to identify 3 statistically distinct “clusters” of children.

Efficacy of parent-training programs for preschool children with ASD

The developmental individual-difference relationship-based (DIR) model is a commonly used autism intervention model in which providers are taught to meet each child at their developmental level to build relationships and social skills through child-initiated activities. This study explored the effectiveness of the DIR model in a parent-mediated intervention, when compared to a parent-mediated intervention focusing on typical developmental milestones and parent-led activities.

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