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Posts Tagged ‘ASD’

Psychological Implications of the Connecticut School Shooting

Posted on December 16th, 2012 by Dr. Blumenfield

A lone gunman killed 20 children and 6 adults including himself at a Connecticut) School He used guns registered to his mother. The emergence of ASD and PTSD Acute Stress Disorder and/ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) were identified as happening after a major incident such as this one. The symptoms that can be present in this situation were reviewed as well as some possible long term effects. The grieving process was also discussed. In the aftermath of such situations, attention is often focused on people with mental illness who might have the potential do do violence and/or commit a copycat crime even though in retrospect this is very small proportion of the population.The gun control issue and related psychological factors were also discussed.

Recent Research About Autism

Posted on January 26th, 2012 by Dr. Blumenfield

The following are three recent research developments concerning the Autism Spectrum Disorders Stem Cell Possiblities in Autism Research Dr. Ricardo Dolmetsch from Stanford University¬† and his colleagues have generated stem cells from children with autism allowing them to study how the brain develops in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The motivations for this research […]

Autism & Fragile X- New Treatment

Posted on May 12th, 2010 by Dr. Blumenfield

Two new research projects concerning Autism Spectrum Disorder and Fragile X Syndrome are briefly reviewed. In the first, a random controlled study of children with Autism Spectrum showed that the Early Start Denver Model showed statistically improvement over a control grouop in regard to intellectual development and adaptive behavior. In the second study ,preliminary research showed that a new medication improved behavior associated with Fragile X Syndrome compared to the contorl group. There is also some belief that such mediciation would be effective with children with Autism Spectrum. In conclusion there is a a link to a 4 minute video where a 12 year old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome interviews his mother.