August|September 2022

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This e-newsletter provides obstetricians, pediatricians, and nurses with links to the latest research on ways to understand and to help children and adults on the autism spectrum. Please feel free to send us your comments and feedback email us
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Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D. and Lenny Schafer

This newsletter is in honor and in memory of Dr. Bernard Rimland, autism pioneer and advocate. Learn More
Risks, Prevalence, Diagnosis

Association of prenatal exposure to antiseizure medications with risk of autism and intellectual disability

 [Article appeared in JAMA Neurology]

Prenatal exposure to topiramate, valproate and several duo therapies were associated with increased risks of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Birth-related parameters are important contributors to autism spectrum disorders

Parental age and age difference are the most important contributors to ASD in this population. Birth order, sex of the probands, complications during gestation, birth weight, family history of mental illness, and birth history also contributed to the condition, although to a lesser extent.

[Article appeared in Scientific Reports]


Diagnostic Progression to Schizophrenia: A Nationwide Cohort Study of 11,170 Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

[Article appeared in Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences]


Maternal obesity, diabetes, preeclampsia, and asthma during pregnancy and likelihood of autism spectrum disorder with gastrointestinal disturbances in offspring

[Article appeared in Autism]


New Knowledge About the Link Between Infection During Pregnancy and Autism

[Article appeared in The Lancet Psychiatry]

Health-Related Issues

Predicting intervention use in autistic children: Demographic and autism-specific characteristics

[Article appeared in Autism]


Relationship between childhood obesity and autism spectrum disorder varies by child's age and parents' weight status in a sample of sibling dyads

[Article appeared in Childhood Obesity]


Therapeutic effects of antidepressants for global improvement and subdomain symptoms of autism spectrum disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis

[Article appeared in Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience]

Other Issues

Autistic experiences of applied behavior analysis

[Article appeared in Autism]


Is it me or my child? The association between maternal depression and children's behavior problems in mothers and their children with and without autism

[Article appeared in Family Process]


Leveraging technology to make parent training more accessible: Randomized trial of in-person versus online executive function training for parents of autistic children

[Article appeared in Autism]

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