Autism Spectrum Disorders News and Updates

For more information about how autism research conducted at Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) is helping to advance the way physicians and other health care professionals treat and manage the disorder at both the local and national level, please click on the links listed below.

Kennedy Krieger Autism Research Updates:

Kennedy Krieger’s Interactive Autism Network Names New Director
(Press Release: February 2, 2014)
Dr. Paul Lipkin to lead national online autism registry and research enterprise.

Speech Emerges In Children On The Autism Spectrum With Severe Language Delay At Greater Rate Than Previously Thought
(Press Release: March 4, 2013)
Study by Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders reveals key predictors of speech gains.

New Study Finds Bullying Causes Significant Short-Term Emotional And Physical Consequences For Children With Autism
(Press Release: January 10, 2013)
Study by Kennedy Krieger’s Interactive Autism Network finds children with autism and psychiatric comorbidities are at especially high risk of being bullied.

Children With Autism Arrive At Emergency Room In Times Of Psychiatric Crisis Nine Times More Than Peers
(Press Release: December 3, 2012)
Kennedy Krieger researchers find families with private insurance more likely to use emergency department for urgent mental health care.

“Parenting a Child with Autism: What Should I Do In a Crisis?” Six Tips to Prepare for a Mental Health Crisis in Children on the Autism Spectrum
(Press Release: December 3, 2012)
Kennedy Krieger expert advises parents on how to plan ahead.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Collaborates On Groundbreaking International Initiative To Advance Autism Research
(Press Release: September 24, 2012)
Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange (ABIDE) represents unprecedented progress in autism research community.

Research Discussion with ADHD Expert Dr. Stewart Mostofsky
(Press Release: July 2, 2012)
Topic: Study finds brain neurotransmitter may be key in ADHD.

New Study Shows Simple Task at Six Months of Age May Predict Risk of Autism
(Press Release: May 16, 2012)
Kennedy Krieger Researchers Reveal New Findings on Earliest Signs of Motor Delay in Infants

"Could My Child Have Autism?" Ten Signs of Possible Autism-Related Delays in 6- to 12-Month-Old Children
(Press Release: March 26, 2012)
Kennedy Krieger Expert Advises Parents on What to Look for During Playtime

New Findings Validate the Accuracy of Autism Diagnosis in Children with Down Syndrome
(Press Release: October 4, 2011)
Study shows DSM criteria can be used to identify autism in children with Down syndrome.

Early Motor Experiences Give Infants a Social Jump Start
(Press Release: September 9, 2011)
Study Indicates Infants at Risk for Autism Could Benefit from Motor Training

Risk of Autism in Younger Siblings Substantially Higher Than Previous Estimates
(Press Release: August 15, 2011)
Study highlights importance of routine surveillance, rapid referral for infant siblings of children with ASD

Early Intervention Can Improve Core Symptoms of Autism in Toddlers
(Press Release: December 15, 2010)
Clinical trial of autism early intervention reveals significant improvements in toddlers' social and communication skills

New Study Affirms Handwriting Problems Affect Children with Autism into the Teenage Years
(Press Release: November 15, 2010)
Kennedy Krieger researchers confirm children with autism are unlikely to outgrow handwriting problems, recommend intervention therapies

Infant's Gaze May Be an Early, but Subtle, Marker for Autism Risk
(Press Release: September 1, 2010)
Research findings show subtle differences that parents and professionals may easily overlook

80 Percent Autism Divorce Rate Debunked in First-Of-Its Kind Scientific Study
(Press Release: May 19, 2010)
Kennedy Krieger researchers find autism does not affect family structure

New Study Reveals Handwriting is Real Problem for Children with Autism
(Press Release: November 9, 2009)
Kennedy Krieger researchers suggest improvements are possible by targeting letter formation, fine motor control training

An Autism Diagnosis: Coping, Acceptance & Time are Key to Moving Forward
(Press Release: September 10, 2009)
Advice from an expert at Kennedy Krieger

New Study Pinpoints Difference in the Way Children With Autism Learn New Behaviors
(Press Release: July 6, 2009)
Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins researchers examine the brain basis of motor control, imitation and social function deficits

NIH Autism Center of Excellence Network Announces Launch of Most Comprehensive Study of Earliest Possible Causes of Autism
(Press Release: June 9, 2009)
Baltimore/Washington area one of three regions nationwide where research will be conducted

First Neuroimaging Study Examining Motor Execution in Children With Autism Reveals Brain Activation Differences, Decreased Connectivity Between Brain Regions
(Press Release: April 28, 2009)
Kennedy Krieger researchers uncover new insight into the neurological basis of autism by studying how the brain coordinates movement

New Children's Book Teaches "Typical Kids" How to Befriend Children With Autism
(Press Release: February 26, 2009)
The Friendship Puzzle: Helping Kids Learn About Accepting and Including Kids With Autism is one of the first books to address this situation

Autism Speaks Announces Major Expansion of Autism Treatment Network
(Press Release: December 12, 2007)
The ATN is a group of hospitals and medical centers dedicated to improving medical care for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and to standardizing the care those individuals receive. Kennedy Krieger Institute is one of fifteen sites nationwide.

Study Finds Fever May Lead to Improved Behavior in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
(Press Release: December 3, 2007)
Kennedy Krieger Institute research confirms parent and physician reports that children with autism spectrum disorders exhibit fewer autistic-like behaviors during illness with fever

New Study Shows Half of Children With Autism Can Be Accurately Diagnosed at Close to One Year of Age
(Press Release: July 2, 2007)
Study evaluating social and communication development in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) from 14 to 36 months of age, revealed that approximately half of all children with autism can be diagnosed around the first birthday.

Research Frontiers: Piecing Together the Mystery of Autism
(Potential Magazine Article: Fall/Winter 2006)
Kennedy Krieger takes a multifaceted approach to investigating the complexities that pose endless questions about the causation and treatment of autism to help find answers.


Interactive Autism Network (IAN) Research News & Updates:

Stay informed and keep updated on IAN's latest news about autism research
(Current News & Updates)

New Data Show Children with Autism Bullied Three Times More Frequently than Their Unaffected Siblings
(Press Release: March 26, 2012)
The Interactive Autism Network reports 63 percent of children with autism have been bullied

National Survey Will Measure How Bullying Impacts Children with Autism
(Press Release: October 17, 2011)
Interactive Autism Network asks families to report on bullying experiences of children with ASD

New Data Show Half of All Children with Autism Wander and Bolt From Safe Places
(Press Release: April 20, 2011)
Interactive Autism Network releases findings on critical safety issue, launches new research survey on pregnancy

Study Provides New Insights into the Implications of Autism Onset Patterns
(Press Release: April 20, 2010)
Children with developmental regression at increased risk for more severe autism

New Survey Finds Grandparents Play Key Role in Lives of Children With Autism
(Press Release: April 6, 2010)
Interactive Autism Network survey gives grandparents a voice in autism research community

Leading Online Autism Registry Empowers Researchers With Access to Data, Study Recruitment
(Press Release: October 5, 2009)
Interactive Autism Network publishes results from largest ever twin study, encourages researchers to utilize registry

Nation's Largest Online Autism Research Initiative Launches Research Survey for Grandparents of Children with Autism
(Press Release: October 5, 2009)
Interactive Autism Network invites grandparents to share valuable experiences

Interactive Autism Network Opens Its Doors to Adults With Autism
(Press Release: April 2, 2009)
Interactive Autism Network launches research initiative for adults, unveils new look for growing online community

Kennedy Krieger Institute's Autism Campaign Receives National Acclaim
(Press Release: September 15, 2008)
Ad Council endorses public service campaign for first national autism registry

Initial Data from First U.S. Autism Registry Reveals Important Insights for Research Community
(Press Release: May 15, 2008)
Having registered nearly 24,000 individuals in its inaugural year, the IAN Project is now recognized as the largest collection of autism data in the world.

First National Autism Registry Shows Notable Impact on Autism Research in Opening Year
(Press Release: March 31, 2008)
IAN Project facilitates opportunities for parents of children with autism and researchers to connect

Kennedy Krieger Institute Launches First National Online Autism Registry
(Press Release: April 2, 2007)
Kennedy Krieger Institute today announced the launch of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) -- the first national online autism registry -- a shared resource for families and individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), connecting them with other families and autism researchers throughout the world.


Autism News Highlights:

JUNE 12, 2014 Visual patterns provoke distinct responses in autism brains
Dr. Stewart Mostofsky discussed findings of a recent study published in Developmental Science. The study reveals that some chuldren with autism have trouble learning visual patterns, ​​while others employ a distinctive brain process to do so.

MAY 27, 2014
The Washington Post: Your child has autism. How (and when) do you tell him?
Amy Keefer, a clinical psychologist at Kennedy Krieger's Center for Autism and Related Disorders, provides input on how and when to talk to your child about their autism spectrum disorder.

APRIL 22, 2014
WJZ-TV: Kennedy Krieger Helps Break The Silence With Annual ROAR For Autism Fundraiser
A segment on WJZ-TV shares the story of a young patient receiving early autism intervention at the Center for Autism & Related Disorders. The story also highlights ROAR for Autism.

APRIL 10, 2014 Even 'baby sibs' without autism show delays in first year
Kennedy Krieger's Dr. Rebecca Landa is featured in this article about a study finding that more than 1/4 of younger siblings of children with autism who do not have the disorder themselves show developmental or behavioral delays at their first birthday.

FEBRUARY 2014 A Test for Autism Risk: Head Lag
Parents magazine posted a video on their website explaining Dr. Rebecca Landa's research finding that babies with head lag have a higher risk of autism or other social or communication delays.

NOVEMBER 10, 2013 Vision, motor areas of the brain out of sync in autism
Coverage of the 2013 Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting features research from our own Dr. Stewart Mostofsky, who presented a poster on work showing that parts of the brain that process vision and control movements are poorly connected in children with autism.

MAY 29, 2013
NBC Washington: Autism Screenings for Infants
Washington DC's NBC affiliate aired a segment on our Center for Autism's initiative to provide free developmental assessments to baby siblings most at risk of developing autism.

APRIL 16, 2013 Autism: What we know right now shares the latest autism findings including expert commentary from our own Dr. Rebecca Landa on early detection and intervention.

APRIL 5, 2013
The Baltimore Sun: Kennedy Krieger doctor and Mary Beth Marsden contribute to book about raising kids with autism
An article shares news of the launch of Kennedy Krieger's pilot initiative to provide free developmental assessments for baby siblings of kids with autism.

MARCH 2013
Select coverage of research that found a greater number of children with autism and severe language delay ultimately acquire more language that was previously thought.
Various Publications:​​​

Select coverage of research from our Interactive Autism Network on the impact of bullying on the well-being of children with autism
Various Publications:

DECEMBER 7, 2012
U.S. News & World Report: Kids With Autism Common Users of ERs, Study Says
Article based on a study by Dr. Roma Vasa, child psychiatrist at CARD.

NOVEMBER 29, 2012 Long-term studies chart autism’s different trajectories
An article highlights recent research findings from Dr. Rebecca Landa on how autism first emerges in very young children.

U.S. News & World Report: Autism Tough to Spot Before 6 Months of Age, Study Suggests
Dr. Rebecca Landa's finding that there are different developmental patterns in the emergence of autism and not all children display signs at the same age.

Select coverage of the IAN Project's survey results finding that children with autism are three times more likely to be bullied than their unaffected siblingsVarious Publications:​​​

MAY 8, 2012
The Wall Street Journal: Targeting Child's Play to Help Tackle Autism
The Wall Street Journal prominently features our Center for Autism's early intervention programs and the research of Dr. Rebecca Landa.

MAY 2012
Select coverage of Dr. Rebecca Landa's research finding that a simple pull-to-sit task at six months of age may predict risk of autism
Various Publications:​​​

MARCH 29, 2012
CBS News: Autism detected later in minority children: Study
The articles quote our own Dr. Rebecca Landa and the mother of a Kennedy Krieger patient.​​​

APRIL 2011
The New York Times: Autism Series
The New York Times published an online health series focused on autism. Dr. Rebecca Landa is included in the articles, as one of only a few featured experts.​​​

DECEMBER 8, 2010
WebMD: Early Intervention Improves Autism Symptoms
WebMD features Kennedy Krieger research in early intervention for toddlers with autism.

The Baltimore Sun: Lack of gazing, early sign of autism?
The Baltimore Sun reports on a Kennedy Krieger study of the role of infant gaze patterns in the early detection of autism.

MAY 19, 2010 Parents of kids with autism not more likely to divorce, study suggests
CNN reports on Kennedy Krieger's study debunking the 80 percent divorce rate for parents of children with autism.

APRIL 22, 2010
NPR: Grandparents Often Help Support Kids With Autism
National Public Radio covers the results of the Interactive Autism Network's survey of grandparents of children with autism.

MARCH 29, 2010
People: Could This Baby Have Autism?
People Magazine featured Kennedy Krieger's efforts to uncover the earliest signs of autism.

JANUARY 4, 2010
The Baltimore Sun: Genes implicated in twins' autism
The Baltimore Sun features Kennedy Krieger research into the genetics of autism.

OCTOBER 6, 2009
U.S. News & World Report: Grandparents Can Join the Hunt for Causes of Autism
US News & World Report blog features the launch of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) grandparents survey, as well as IAN's latest twins research.

APRIL 8, 2009
Cyber Scout Puts Autism Studies On Faster Track
An overview of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) and why it is such an important resource for the autism community.