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.
Tierra del Sol is a non profit organization serving people who are developmentally disabled. It has a small campus in Sunland, California where each day 250 adults are bussed in to participate is an individually designed curriculum. The programs include farm work, computer learning, art classes and kitchen training. People with developmental disabilities have a high prevalence of mental health problems, which can be difficult to diagnose. Mental health services for this group are more time consuming and therefore more expensive. As we are reevaluation our health care system in the U.S., this is the time to be sure that adequate mental health care for this is group is included in our health care program.