Autism spectrum disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex, brain-based disorder that is characterized by (1) impairments in reciprocal social communication and social interaction and (2) by restricted or unusual patterns of activities or interests. Symptoms of ASD appear early in life but the specific pattern of behaviors and the severity of the effect on daily life differs from person to person. There is also great variation in cognitive skills, with some individuals with ASD having an intellectual disability and others having very advanced cognitive skills. Individualized interventions are important to promote optimal social interaction, communication, learning, and functioning in the family and community.

News items related to the topic: Autism spectrum disorder

Children With Autism Learn From Peers Through Play and Theatre
A theater and a leafy playground are unlikely venues for research or therapy, yet those are laboratories for Blythe Corbett, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry at Vanderbilt University.

Tennis class for students with autism seeking participants
ACEing Autism, organized by Vanderbilt student Chandler Semjen, is seeking children with autism ages 6-14 to learn the game of tennis and have fun at the same time.

VKC UCEDD trainee receives international Emerging Leader Award
Special Education doctoral student and UCEDD trainee Matthew Brock has received the prestigious Alice H. Hayden Emerging Leader Award from TASH.

iPads help late-speaking children with autism develop language
The iPad you use to check email, watch episodes of Mad Men and play Words with Friends may hold the key to enabling children with autism spectrum disorders to express themselves through speech.

Jon Kaas wins major neuroscience award
The pioneering research of Jon Kaas has formed one of the foundations of modern neuroscience and has provided the basis for improved therapies for brain injury.

Reward and Interests in Autism: Of Men and Mice
Reward and Interests in Autism: Of Men and Mice

Autism narrows brain's reward response
Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are largely unresponsive to social rewards, such as smiling faces. The source of this unresponsiveness is related to differences in how the brain’s reward system functions in people with ASD and those with typical development (TD).

Children with autism benefit from peers inviting them to play
Peer solicitation – a child inviting another to play – can improve reciprocal social interaction among children with autism, according to a Vanderbilt University study released today in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Affect and Somatic Perception in Autism Spectrum Disorders

February 5, 2014
Developmental Disabilities Grand Rounds
Carissa Cascio, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

The Next Generation of Pediatric Brain Imaging Studies and Their Relevance for Future Clinical Practice

February 27, 2014
Lectures on Development and Developmental Disabilities
Bradley Peterson, M.D., Director, Center for Developmental Neuropsychiatry, Columbia University

Imaging guides Alzheimer gene search
Late onset Alzheimer disease – the most common form of the degenerative neurological disease – has complicated genetic underpinnings.

Russell the Robot goes to Washington
Russell the Robot goes to Washington

Sarah Blumberg, TRIAD Community Outreach team receive Autism Tennessee awards
Sarah Blumberg, TRIAD Community Outreach team receive Autism Tennessee awards

Multimodal Interventions in IDD from Drug Discovery to Clinical Trials

October 22, 2014
Clinical & Translational Research Lecture
Colleen Niswender, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Sheryl Rimrodt-Frierson, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Prelinguistic Skills and Parental Behaviors That May Enable Later Expressive Language in Nonverbal Children with ASD

Neural Indices of Treatment Responses in Children with Learning Disabilities and Other Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities
Clinical and Translational Research Lecture

Clinical and Translational Research Lecture: "Oxytocin Trials in Autism and Other IDDs"
Clinical and Translational Research Lecture: "Oxytocin Trials in Autism and Other IDDs"

Improving transition for youth with autism
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researchers are adapting a parent advocacy curriculum to improve transition from high school for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as they pursue postsecondary education and/or employment.

Darting mice may hold clues to ADHD, autism, and bipolar disorder
A darting mouse may hold an important clue in the development of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism and bipolar disorder, according to a study by a Vanderbilt University-led research team published in October 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

VU receives $1.8 million CDC autism surveillance grant
Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received a $1.8 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to join the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. The project will be led by Zachary Warren, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorder (VKC TRIAD).

TRIAD receives awards, grant for its community engagement work
TRIAD’s Community Engagement team continues to make an impact on our community, earning awards at Autism Tennessee’s recent Fall Conference and receiving a Community Engagement grant from Jackson Bank’s National Community Fund. TRIAD—Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorder—is the hub for autism assessment, treatment, training, and research within the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

Exploring spiritual dimensions in the lives of youth with intellectual disability or autism
Though little has been documented about the prominence of religion and spirituality for adolescents and young adults with intellectual disability and/or autism, a recently published VKC study identifies key spiritual expressions and themes that indicate its influence and importance.

VU Autism Treatment Network receives grant renewal from Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is renewing Vanderbilt University as an Autism Treatment Network (ATN) site with a 3-year, $420,000 grant. This elite designation allows Vanderbilt to continue improving medical care for children and adolescents with autism by offering comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, care, and counseling.

Face memory predicts social engagement in children with and without autism
Although studies have shown that children with autism often have difficulty processing facial information, it has been unclear whether this is predictive of everyday social functioning. A new study shows it is predictive.

TRIAD study aims to improve hospitalizations for children with autism
The VKC Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) has launched a pilot research study to improve treatment of children with autism hospitalized for serious behavioral issues.

Autism training for TN educators expands
The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) has awarded a 5-year, $10-million training grant to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), continuing a 16-year partnership to provide education and training opportunities for school personnel throughout the state.

2015 Hobbs Discovery Grants announced
Innovation and an interest in “big data” characterize the three Nicholas Hobbs Discovery Grants awarded for 2015-16, which were announced by Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) director and Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair.

TRIAD trains rural Tennessee early childhood educators
TRIAD is training early childhood educators in rural East Tennessee through a model classroom in Cocke County, a 3-day workshop held in October, and follow-up coaching and mentoring during the 2015-16 school-year.

Children with autism benefit from theatre-based program
Children with autism who participated in a 10-week, 40-hour, theatre-based program showed significant differences in social ability compared to a group of children with autism who did not participate, according to a Vanderbilt study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

VKC researchers provide expertise on national disability policy and research initiatives
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VKC shares research and best practices with Tennessee policy makers
The Vanderbilt Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities plays a pivotal educational role as it partners with disability organizations, state officials, and committees to advance disability public policy in Tennessee.

Autism and Angelman syndrome targeted in 2016 Discovery Grants
The Michael C. Walther II Discovery Grant and two Nicholas Hobbs Discovery Grants have been awarded for 2016-17, announced Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) director and Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair.

A growth spurt for TRIAD
VKC TRIAD enhanced and widened the reach of its programming in 2015 and shows no sign of slowing in 2016. From partnerships with the TN Department of Education to the design of innovative telemedicine models of service delivery, TRIAD continues to make a profound impact on improving access to autism services in TN.

Autism study links sensory difficulties, serotonin system
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researchers have established a link between the neurotransmitter serotonin and certain behaviors of some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a link that may lead to new treatments for ASD.

VKC TRIAD expands community reach through Nashville Opera with VSA grant, announces Autism Awareness Month activities
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD) recently expanded their community outreach initiative exponentially thanks to collaboration with the Nashville Opera and a generous grant from the VSA Performing Arts Access for Kids Program. The outreach complements TRIAD’s plans to celebrate Autism Awareness Month in April with a series of community events promoting acceptance and inclusion.

Expanding community training to address autism-related sleep issues
Sleep problems are common among children with autism. These issues can include trouble falling asleep, waking up during the night, and trouble getting up in the morning.

Kennedy Center joins nation’s largest autism study
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) is one of a select group of sites selected to launch SPARK, an online research initiative designed to become the largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States.

Neuroimaging study sheds light on the brain’s response to restricted interests in individuals with autism
A study conducted by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigator Carissa Cascio, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychiatry, sought to determine the extent to which the fusiform face area (FFA) responds to images related to restricted interests in children and adolescents with autism, compared to typically developing peers who have strong interests or hobbies.

TRIAD partners with Tennessee Department of Education to expand services for families of young children with ASD
The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) has awarded three training and technical assistance grants totaling $3.25 million to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD). The funding will enhance statewide services for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other intellectual and developmental disabilities from birth to kindergarten.

Study examines how youth with autism view bullying experiences
Research has shown that individuals with autism experience higher rates of peer victimization than the general population. However, little is known about the personal experiences, perceptions, and lingering effects of bullying on the individual with autism.

SENSE Theatre®, TennesseeWorks, and TRIAD share key tools for program replication
Three project replication guides on the topics of community participation through the arts and transitioning practice to community-based employment are now available through the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Acting may help break down barriers for patients with mental illness
Using techniques related to acting or role-playing may help people with mental illness be more flexible, spontaneous, and social in their thoughts and behaviors.

Clinical & Translational Research Lecture: "Multisensory Function and Associated Brain Networks: Theory, Development and Autism"
Clinical & Translational Research Lecture: "Multisensory Function and Associated Brain Networks: Theory, Development and Autism"

Clinical & Translational Research Lecture: "Managing the Risk of Language Delay for Preverbal Children with Autism and their Siblings"
Clinical & Translational Research Lecture: "Managing the Risk of Language Delay for Preverbal Children with Autism and their Siblings"

Research Ethics Grand Rounds Lecture: "The Fluidity of the Diagnosis of Autism"
Research Ethics Grand Rounds Lecture: "The Fluidity of the Diagnosis of Autism"

Clinical & Translational Research Lecture: "Team Science in the Study of Pregnancy-Related Infections"
Clinical & Translational Research Lecture: "Team Science in the Study of Pregnancy-Related Infections"

VKC Clinical Translational Core Training Series Seminar: “Old and New Models for the Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Interprofessional Conversation”
VKC Clinical Translational Core Training Series Seminar: “Old and New Models for the Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Interprofessional Conversation”

SENSE study examines theatre participation’s effect on stress, self-perception in autism
VKC investigator Blythe Corbett, Ph.D., recently published findings on the effects that theatre arts participation may have on adolescents on the autism spectrum, including their levels of psychological stress in social settings as well as their self-perception of stress. The findings were reported in the journal Autism.

VKC telepresence expands access and builds capacity of training and services
By using telemedicine and telehealth models, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Health Care Toolkit (IDD Health Care Toolkit) are reaching underserved areas, advancing quality service delivery, and improving clinicians’ ability to care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Governor Haslam signs bill establishing Tennessee Council on Autism Spectrum Disorder
On April 5, Governor Bill Haslam signed legislation passed by the Tennessee General Assembly that creates the Tennessee Council on Autism Spectrum Disorder to establish a long-term plan for a system of care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.

Upcoming events related to the topic: Autism spectrum disorder

TRIAD Classroom Management Webinar Series: Individual Behavior Supports: Part 1 (Tier3)
TRIAD Classroom Management Webinar Series: Individual Behavior Supports: Part 1 (Tier3)

TRIAD Classroom Management Webinar Series: Individual Behavior Supports: Part 2 (Tier3)
TRIAD Classroom Management Webinar Series: Individual Behavior Supports: Part 2 (Tier3)

TRIAD Classroom Management Webinar Series: Classwide-Behavior Supports: Part 1 (Tiers 1 and 2)
TRIAD Classroom Management Webinar Series: Classwide-Behavior Supports: Part 1 (Tiers 1 and 2)

TRIAD Classroom Management Webinar Series: Class-wide Behavior Supports: Part 2 (Tiers 1 and 2)
TRIAD Classroom Management Webinar Series: Class-wide Behavior Supports: Part 2 (Tiers 1 and 2)

TRIAD Classroom Management Webinar Series: Class-wide Behavior Supports: Part 3 (Tiers 1 and 2)
TRIAD Classroom Management Webinar Series: Class-wide Behavior Supports: Part 3 (Tiers 1 and 2)

TRIAD School Age Para-Educator Workshop-East, TN
TRIAD School Age Para-Educator Workshop-East, TN

TRIAD School Age Para-Educator Workshop-Middle, TN
TRIAD School Age Para-Educator Workshop-Middle, TN

Clinical & Translational Research Lecture: "Introducing the Vanderbilt Center for Autism & Innovation"
Clinical & Translational Research Lecture: "Introducing the Vanderbilt Center for Autism & Innovation"

Families First Nashville, TN Workshop: Developing Communication Skills
A monthly workshop series for parents of young children with an autism spectrum disorder.

Families First Jackson, TN LIVE Stream: Developing Communication Skills
A monthly workshop series for parents of young children with an autism spectrum disorder.

TRIAD School Age Para-Educator Workshop-West, TN
TRIAD School Age Para-Educator Workshop-West, TN

TRIAD Early Intervention Toilet Training with Make-It-Take-It Lab Workshop
TRIAD Early Intervention Toilet Training with Make-It-Take-It Lab Workshop

TRIAD's Intensive Partnership for Behavior Intervention - East TN

TRIAD School Leadership Academy - East, TN

TRIAD Early Intervention Toilet Training with Make-It-Take-It Lab Workshop
TRIAD Early Intervention Toilet Training with Make-It-Take-It Lab Workshop

TRIAD Foundations of Autism Education - Elementary/Middle - Middle, TN

TRIAD School Leadership Academy - Middle, TN

Families First Nashville, TN Workshop: Beginning Toilet Training
A monthly workshop series for parents of young children with an autism spectrum disorder.

Families First Jackson, TN LIVE Stream: Beginning Toilet Training
A monthly workshop series for parents of young children with an autism spectrum disorder.

TRIAD School Leadership Academy - West, TN

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) Clinical Training, October 2017
Training for psychologists, pediatricians, behavioral specialists, speech & language pathologists, and others who regularly assess children with autism or developmental disabilities.

TRIAD Foundations of Autism Education - Elementary/Middle - East, TN

ADOS Research Reliability Training, November 2017
Training for psychologists, pediatricians, behavioral specialists, speech-language pathologists, and research assistants who have completed the ADOS-2 clinical training and regularly assess individuals with ASD.

Families First Jackson, TN LIVE Stream: Out and About - Preparing for Community Routines
A monthly workshop series for parents of young children with an autism spectrum disorder.

Families First Nashville, TN Workshop: Out and About - Preparing for Community Routines
A monthly workshop series for parents of young children with an autism spectrum disorder.

TRIAD Foundations of Autism Education - Elementary/Middle - West, TN

TRIAD Train the Trainer: A Capacity Building Workshop

TRIAD's Intensive Partnership for Behavior Intervention - Middle, TN

TRIAD Foundations of Autism Education - Elementary/Middle - Middle, TN

TRIAD Explicit Instruction: Effective Strategies and Routines - Middle, TN

TRIAD Foundations of Autism Education - Elementary/Middle - East, TN

TRIAD Kindergarten Readiness Workshop-East, TN
TRIAD Kindergarten Readiness Workshop-East, TN

TRIAD Kindergarten Readiness Workshop-Middle, TN
TRIAD Kindergarten Readiness Workshop-Middle, TN

TRIAD School Age Para-Educator Workshop-East, TN
TRIAD School Age Para-Educator Workshop-East, TN

TRIAD Foundations of Autism Education - Elementary/Middle - West, TN

TRIAD Kindergarten Readiness Workshop-West, TN
TRIAD Kindergarten Readiness Workshop-West, TN

TRIAD School Age Para-Educator Workshop-Middle, TN
TRIAD School Age Para-Educator Workshop-Middle, TN

TRIAD School Age Para-Educator Workshop-West, TN
TRIAD School Age Para-Educator Workshop-West, TN

TRIAD School Age Mental Health Workshop-East, TN
TRIAD School Age Mental Health Workshop-East, TN

TRIAD School Age Mental Health Workshop-Middle, TN
TRIAD School Age Mental Health Workshop-Middle, TN

TRIAD School Age Mental Health Workshop-West, TN
TRIAD School Age Mental Health Workshop-West TN

TRIAD School Leadership Academy - East, TN

TRIAD School Leadership Academy - Middle, TN

TRIAD School Leadership Academy - West, TN

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Studies related to the topic: Autism spectrum disorder

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Grants related to the topic: Autism spectrum disorder

  • Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research: Enduring Effects of Early-Life Serotonin Signaling
    PI: Blakely, Randy
  • Neural Networks for Attention to Internal and External Sensory Cues in ASD
    PI: Cascio, Carissa
  • Mapping Thalamocortical Networks Across Development in ASD
    PI: Cascio, Carissa
  • Comprehensive Communication Intervention for Minimally Verbal Children with Autism
    PI: Kaiser, Ann
  • Using Peer Models in the Context of Small-Group Direct Instruction to Teach Social and Academic Skills to Children with Autism [Research Training Program in Special Education: Early Career Development and Mentoring]
    PI: Ledford, Jennifer
  • Investigation of a Teacher-Mediated Toilet Training Intervention Using a Manualized Wireless Moisture Alarm Intervention in the School Setting
    PI: Loring, Whitney
  • Autism Treatment Network: Repository for Autism Spectrum Disorders
    PI: Malow, Beth
  • SLOS and Neuronal Oxidative Stress
    PI: Porter, Ned
  • Improving Hospitalizations for Children with ASD: Testing Cost and Clinical Efficacy of Integrated Behavioral Intervention
    PI: Sanders, Kevin
  • Study of Oxytocin in Autism to improve Reciprocal Social Behaviors (SOARS-B)
    PI: Sanders, Kevin
  • NIH R21/R33: Transformative Co-Robotic Technology for Autism Intervention
    PI: Sarkar, Nilanjan
  • Individualized Adaptive Robot-Mediated Intervention Architecture for Autism
    PI: Sarkar, Nilanjan
  • Adaptive Response Technology for Autism Spectrum Disorders Intervention
    PI: Sarkar, Nilanjan
  • Risk and Resiliency for Youth with Autism during the Transition to Adulthood
    PI: Taylor, Julie Lounds
  • Adapting a Parent Advocacy Program to Improve Transition for Youth with Autism
    PI: Taylor, Julie Lounds
  • Sensory and Multisensory Contributions to Autism
    PI: Wallace, Mark
  • Enhancing Public Health Surveillance of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities through the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network Vanderbilt University
    PI: Warren, Zachary
  • Does Mindfulness Training Enhance Early Evidence-based Parent-coaching Interventions
    PI: Weitlauf, Amy
  • Intervention Effects of Intensity and Delivery Style for Toddlers with ASD
    PI: Yoder, Paul

People related to the topic: Autism spectrum disorder

Erik Carter, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education

Carissa Cascio, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Blythe A. Corbett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

Kevin Ess, M.D., Ph.D.
Gerald M. Fenichel Chair in Neurology; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Cell & Developmental Biology, and Neurology; Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology

Isabel Gauthier, Ph.D.
David K. Wilson Chair and Professor of Psychology; Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences

Katherine Gotham, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Lynnette Henderson, Ph.D.
StudyFinder Coordinator, IDDRC Clinical Translational Core B
Associate Director of Adult Community Services, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Research Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Medicine

Ann P. Kaiser, Ph.D.
Susan Gray Chair in Education and Human Development; Professor of Special Education and Psychology

Jennifer Ledford, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Special Education

Whitney Loring, Psy.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Families First Program Coordinator

Beth Malow, M.D., M.S.
Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development; Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics; Director, Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Division

Julia Noland, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Development

Ned A. Porter, Ph.D.
Stevenson Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Biochemistry

Nilanjan Sarkar, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Professor of Computer Engineering

James Sutcliffe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Julie Lounds Taylor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Special Education; Associate Director, IDDRC Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core E

Anne Marie Tharpe, Ph.D.
Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences and Chair of the Department; Professor of Otolaryngology; Associate Director, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center

Richard Urbano, Ph.D.
Research Professor of Pediatrics; Epidemiology Database Director, IDDRC Clinical Translational Core B; Bioinformatics and Database Specialist, IDDRC Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core E

Zachary E. Warren, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Special Education; Executive Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD); Director, Autism Research, Department of Pediatrics and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center; Autism Research Registry Faculty Director, IDDRC Clinical Translational Core B

Zachary E. Warren, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Special Education; Executive Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD); Director, Autism Research, Department of Pediatrics and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center; Autism Research Registry Faculty Director, IDDRC Clinical Translational Core B

Amy Weitlauf, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Paul J. Yoder, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education

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