On early Wednesday morning, the United States woke up to the news that the new president was Donald Trump. While he hasn’t taken office yet, this podcast reviews his statement on his website or in his Contract with America, as well as thing published or stated by him or his campaign on his website or in an interview. The following are covered: health coverage, Medicaid, mental health services, science and the environment, and education. The focus is now the proposed changes and policies could affect families with autism. There is also a special message at the end from David Mandell about how families can deal with the changes ahead. A transcript of the podcast is available here.
Parent training has a number of important uses in autism. For toddlers, parents help provide intervention strategies in a number of settings allowing skills to be generalized. In adolescence, parents can help implement behavioral rules that can manage non-compliant behaviors, aggressive, disruptive or impulsive behaviors. This week, research investigated the role of parent training plus and ADHD medication for ADHD symptoms in autism and the results are promising. Finally, a review of the new NIH funding in understanding the causes of autism is reviewed. You can also read this review at the ASF blogsite.
This week I am in Minneapolis at an incredibly important meeting of Medical Examiners to pitch them the importance of collecting brain tissue for Autism BrainNet. While I was here I noticed a new study on the blogs that is important for families to hear about. It focused on a known environmental exposure in established genetic groups. The authors of the study, led by Dr. Sara Webb at University of Washington, showed that an environmental exposure can modify symptoms in genetically susceptible narrow subgroups. This is the sort of research that will better describe how environmental exposures are affecting autism risk. Thank you to Dr. Sara Webb for your perspectives and interpretation of the data!