Sunday, March 23, 2008

Temple Autism Portal Social Bookmarks Site

Temple University's Autism Research is on ma.gnolia! Follow our discussions and shared bookmarks related to autism and information and communications technologies research.
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Friday, March 21, 2008

AutismSpeaks Youtube Channel

AutismSpeaks, one of the most comprehensive and widely accessed Internet resources for information related to Autism, recently launched a new Youtube Channel for disseminating videos related to Autism. The Youtube Channel is called AutismSpeaksVids. It showcases videos that raise awareness of autism spectrum disorders.

Please visit for more information.

Here is an example of one of the videos recently posted.

Autism FAQ from maintains a Frequently Asked Questions list. Here are answers to some of the FAQs from the organization's website.

What is autism?
Autism, part of a group of disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. The disorder is characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills and social abilities, and also by repetitive behaviors. Symptoms range from mild to severe. One milder form of the disorder is known as Asperger Syndrome. Other developmental disorders that fall under the Autism Spectrum Disorders are Rett Syndrome, PDD NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder), and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Parents are usually the first to notice unusual behaviors in their child or their child's failure to reach appropriate developmental milestones. Some parents describe a child that seemed different from birth, while others describe a child who was developing normally and then lost skills. If you have concerns about your child's development, don't wait: speak to your pediatrician about getting your child screened for autism.

What does it mean to be “on the spectrum”?
Autism is a spectrum disorder, which means it manifests itself in many different forms. A diagnosis can range from mild to severe, and though children who have it (i.e. are on the spectrum) are likely to exhibit similar traits, they're also as individual as the colors of a rainbow, each one managing a grab bag of symptoms. While one child may rarely speak and have difficulty learning how to read and write, another can be so high-functioning he's able to attend classes in a mainstream school. Yet another child may be so sensitive to the feel of fabric that all tags must be cut off before he wears a piece of clothing, while his friend who's also autistic may not have any sensory issues at all.

How common is autism?
As many as 1 in 150 children are autistic, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That adds up to almost 1.5 million people in the United States. Also, government statistics suggest the rate of autism is rising 10-17 percent annually. Unfortunately, the numbers appear to be continuing their upward climb. In fact, it is the most prevalent developmental disorder to date; according to the Centers for Disease Control, of the approximately 4 million babies born every year, 24,000 of them will eventually be identified as autistic. Also, recent studies suggest boys are more susceptible than girls to developing autism. In the United States alone, 1 out of 94 boys are suspected of being on the spectrum, with perhaps more going undiagnosed to this day. That said, girls appear to manifest a more severe form of the disorder than their male counterparts.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

About Temple Autism Portal - TAP

Welcome to the Temple University Autism Research Group Web Portal - TAP.

This resource supports the ongoing research, community outreach, and family activities of those in Temple's community interested in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger Syndrome. The Autism Research Group is based at Temple University, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This site is maintained by ITSRG.