Research

Autism and Maternal Obesity

Maternal Metabolic Conditions and Risk for Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders abstract OBJECTIVE: We examined whether metabolic conditions (MCs) during pregnancy (diabetes, hypertension, and obesity) are associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental delays (DD), or impairments in specific domains of development in the offspring. METHODS: Children aged 2 to 5 years (517 ASD, 172 …

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2013 Pilot Study of effectiveness of Horse Boy Camps designed at UT Austin in the Educational Psychology Dept., School of Education

Internal research report: Abstract Objectives: The aim of this pilot study was to explore whether participation in a three day intervention involving horseback riding in nature– a program specifically designed for autistic children and their families called “Horse Boy Camps” – improves child outcomes in terms of social and cognitive functioning, as well as in parental …

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Autism and Meditation

Autism is a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder of unknown cause that affects approximately 1–3 percent of children and four times more boys than girls. Its prevalence is global and its social impact is devastating. In autism, the brain is unable to process sensory information normally. Instead, simple stimuli from the outside world are experienced as overwhelmingly …

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A Horse of a Different Color: A Review of the Effectiveness of Hippotherapy

A Horse of a Different Color: A Review of the Effectiveness of Hippotherapy Hippotherapy, sometimes also called “equine-assisted” therapy or “therapeutic riding,” involves the use of horses to provide various therapies to persons who display a number of challenging conditions (American Hippotherapy Association, 2010). “Hippo” means “horse” in Greek. According to the American Hippotherapy Association …

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Horses Soothe Kids with Autism – Scientific America

The animals’ motion may correct rhythm coordination problems Animals have helped many kids with autism improve their speech and social skills, but these cases have been largely isolated. Now the first scientific study of horse therapy finds its many benefits may have to do with rhythm. A study of 42 children with autism, six to 16 …

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University of Texas researching effectiveness of Horse Boy Camps

The Horse Boy Foundation, in conjunction with researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, is currently conducting a pilot study to investigate whether participation in a three day ‘Horse Boy Camp’ will improve child outcomes in terms of social and cognitive functioning, as well as parental and sibling well-being. A Horse Boy Camp usually consists …

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Vaccines and autism: a new scientific review

More and source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/vaccines-and-autism-a-new-scientific-review/ For all those who’ve declared the autism-vaccine debate over – a new scientific review begs to differ. It considers a host of peer-reviewed, published theories that show possible connections between vaccines and autism. The article in the Journal of Immunotoxicology is entitled “Theoretical aspects of autism: Causes–A review.” The author is Helen Ratajczak, …

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