Autism Spectrum Disorders

Behavioral Choice Making in Autism

Aug 23 2011 - 11:30am - 12:30pm


Children on the autism spectrum often have motivational differences in comparison to children who are not on the spectrum. Several common behaviors that are observed in children on the autism spectrum will be explored. Motivational factors that result in the behavior occurring, as well as various interventions, will be presented.


Steven Lindauer, PhD


3901 Greenspring Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21211 in the Creamer Building 3rd floor large conference room

STAR Training: What to Expect from Your Psychological or Neuropsychological Evaluation

Jul 12 2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm


This presentation will provide an overview of the common elements of a psychological or neuropsychological evaluation for children with autism spectrum disorders. Additionally, the presentation will address the potential usefulness of such evaluations in treatment and intervention planning.


Jennifer Ulbricht, PhD


3901 Greenspring Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21211 in the Creamer Building 3rd floor large conference room

Research Frontiers: Piecing Together the Mystery of Autism

Kennedy Krieger takes a multifaceted approach to investigating this complex disorder

The Maloni BoysMore than 25,000 children will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders this year a number greater than AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined yet so many aspects of the disorder remain a mystery. Is its cause genetic, environmental, or some combination of factors? Are dietary changes and drugs the best hope for treatment, or should the focus remain solely on behavioral interventions?

80 Percent Autism Divorce Rate Debunked in First-Of-Its Kind Scientific Study

May 19, 2010
Kennedy Krieger researchers find autism does not affect family structure

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Having a child with autism can put stress on the parents' marriage, and a frequently cited statistic leads to a common perception that the divorce rate among these families is as high as 80 percent. But a study to be released at a news conference today by researchers from Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore found that a child's autism has no effect on the family structure.

Clinical Trial of Autism Early Intervention Reveals Significant Improvements in Toddlers' Social and Communication Skills

December 15, 2010
Study is First to Show Group-Based Intervention is Effective for Toddlers as Young as Two Years of Age

In a study recently published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (Epub ahead of print), researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute found that early intervention can improve the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in very young children. This is the first randomized clinical trial measuring how a group-based early intervention model impacts social development in toddlers with ASD.

Autism Spectrum and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

To find patient care programs and faculty treating autism spectrum and pervasive developmental disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute, as well as research investigating this disorder, please see the right-hand column below. Additional helpful information, including definitions, symptoms, Institute press releases, Potential magazine articles, and other resources outside the Institute, have also been provided for readers on this page.

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