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13 Ways to Help Prep a Child With Autism for Back-to-School Season
Three experts, Dr. Kasari included, share tips for making the back-to-school transition as smooth and stress-free as possible for children of all ages with autism.
‘Social Camouflage’ May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls, July 31, 2017
How do boys and girls with autism interact with their non-autistic peers? Dr. Gulsrud says that girls appear to have mastered what some call “social camouflaging.”
Vietnamese News Section features Dr. Kasari, May 25, 2017
Dr. Kasari shares her findings with experts in Vietnam, discussing the importance of social communication development for children with ASD.
My Five-Year-Old Autism Child Does Not Talk … Will He Ever?, April 11, 2017
Research studies tell us that children who can talk by the time they turn five years old have better outcomes. But is this age marker meaningful, and what does it mean exactly? Dr. Kasari weighs in.
Untangling the Language Challenges of Autism, April 01, 2017
Delayed talking alone is not considered a risk factor for autism. So what accounts for high rates of language impairment in the disorder? Dr. Kasari responds.
Autism Speaks interviews Dr. Kasari, March 28, 2017
Dr. Kasari does a Q&A with Autism Speaks about her work with JASPER.
JASPER’s real-world test in the Bronx, January 16, 2017
Dr. Kasari discusses her experience implementing JASPER with toddlers in the Bronx.
Autism advocates and experts concerned about pick for U.S. education secretary , February 01, 2017
Dr. Kasari comments on the impact DeVos’ policies would have on children with autism.
Autism researchers concerned about “anti-science” propaganda, February 01, 2017
Dr. Kasari shares concerns about her students and families affected by autism.
Preschoolers with autism show gains after play-based program, January 11, 2017
Intervention developed at UCLA proves successful even outside of controlled clinical setting.
Autism expert, Dr. Connie Kasari, honored with this year’s Harold A. & Lois Haytin Award for work with South L.A. communities and UCLA Lab School, January 10, 2017
Dr. Connie Kasari receives the 2017 Harold A. & Lois Haytin Faculty Award for her outstanding work with complex learners in South L.A. communities and the UCLA Lab School.
Support helps some children with autism socialize at school, November 2, 2016
What factors impact a child’s social connectivity in school? Dr. Kasari and her team investigate this question from a new perspective.
How to successfully recruit participants for autism studies, May 12, 2016
How do scientists successfully recruit research participants? Experts, including our own Themba Carr, explain ways to balance the needs of the research with those of the families.
Why More Companies Are Eager To Hire People With Autism, March 29, 2016
Dr. Kasari was quoted in this Huffington Post article that discusses the growing number of work options for adults on the autism spectrum.
Study Finds Merit In Classroom-Based Autism Therapy, March 8, 2016
New research suggests that a behavior therapy method (JASPER) used with children who have autism could successfully be applied within preschool classrooms.
Preschoolers with autism gain when teachers foster shared attention, March 3, 2016
Study of JASPER method among first to demonstrate benefits of using a behavioral intervention in a group preschool setting.
Chang Takes Autism Education to New Level, Feb 7, 2016
Dr. Ya-Chih (Jilly) Chang, postdoc at the Kasari Lab, is featured in an article by DiverseEducation. Dr. Chih’s focus is on early intervention, friendship in children with autism, global outreach, and community training.
Scientists, advocates hail Hillary Clinton’s autism plan, Jan 12, 2016
Dr. Kasari and other autism researchers and advocates weigh in on Hillary Clinton’s plan to ramp up autism research and services.
A Look Back at 2015: Autism’s Year of the Female, Dec 18, 2015
The Autism Science Foundation Blog takes a look at the progress made in autism research in 2015, including the important work that Dr. Amanda Gulsrud is doing in early intervention.
A new O.C. school teaches learning disabled students with genius IQs, Dec 9, 2015
Dr. Kasari weighs in on addressing the needs of “twice exceptional” students – students who are intellectually gifted but also have learning disabilities or behavioral problems.
Learning when to treat repetitive behaviors in autism, Nov 10, 2015
Children with ASD have restricted and repetitive behaviors, but it’s not always clear how and when researchers should intervene. Clare Harrop and Connie Kasari present the current research and pros and cons of limiting these behaviors.
Autism Speaks and WHO take Parent Skills Training to China, Oct 13, 2015
Stephanie Patterson Shire and Jilly Chang participated in the first regional Parent Skills Training workshop in China. This training directly addressed the unmet and growing need to improve services for children with autism around the world.
Over the next decade, cost of autism could escalate sharply, Sept 21, 2015
Autism will cost the U.S. $268 billion this year – roughly 1.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. By 2025, the price tag could balloon to $461 billion.
Experimental autism treatments put to test in real world, Sept 14, 2015
By making it easier for teachers to deliver the therapies, Kasari’s project and others like it may ultimately help to make proven treatments more accessible to children who need them.
Personalized approach may usher in new era in autism therapy Sept 3, 2015
Dr. Kasari is spearheading two studies aimed at developing adaptive interventions for autism in an effort to make treatment selection more systematic and tailored to a particular child’s responses to treatment.
Initiative to improve treatment services receives $10 million grant
Sep 3, 2015
UCLA-led initiative to provide better treatment for children with autism in under-served areas has received a five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The program, led by Dr. Kasari, aims to bring evidence-based research practices to communities throughout the U.S.
New Autism Research Outlines Gender Differences in Social Interactions, May 15, 2015
Boys and girls with autism spectrum disorder may share difficulties in communicating, but how those problems manifest themselves differs between the sexes
Child Prodigies and Autism: Is There a Genetic Link?, May 1, 2015
Dr. James McCracken, director of CART, is quoted in this article about the potential connection between child prodigies and children with autism
Autism, No Longer A Mystery, April 23, 2015
The Special Needs Network is leading the charge in educating and empowering communities on dealing with the disorder in South L.A.
Autism Speaks and WHO Train ‘Master Trainers’ from 18 Countries, April 16, 2015
More than 50 participants from 18 countries, including our own Stephanie Patterson Shire, attended the World Health Organization Capacity Building Workshop on Parents Skills Training.
Screen Therapy, April 9, 2015
This mom is coding iPad apps to help her autistic child explore the world.
Can parental training improve the course of autism?, March 26, 2015
A new study tests a controversial idea: that the everyday interactions between caregiver and child can change the way autism develops. The dynamic exchanges with a caregiver are a crucial part of any child’s development.
Autism Experts Join Forces with Elected Officials to Address Needs of Underserved Communities, March 9, 2015
UCLA and the Special Need Network have joined forces to create an influential community advisory board to help individuals impacted by autism
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Connie Kasari Leads Improvement of Autism Services in South Los Angeles
UCLA education and health sciences professor, Connie Kasari, takes her work out of the lab and into communities with outreach information for families. A successful initiative must be organic, she says, dependent on working collaboratively with a community partner and first finding and tapping into already existing manpower and resources, and using those to build a foundation of support.
30 autism experts chosen based on innovation, applicability, awards and recognition, and accomplishments
A new study finds that using tablet devices during therapy can help children with autism make greater strides in communication
iPads improve language skills in autistic kids
A third of autistic children still having difficulty speaking at age 5, even after years of early intervention. Five-year-old Lance Almeida has autism, and he has difficulty expressing himself as well remembering and using words. Lance’s mother, Mee Fung Almeida, told CBS News that access to the simple technology has helped his development “exponentially.”
5 year old Lance Almeida could only say about 10 words until he started using an iPad
Computer tablets play key role in the blended therapy, UCLA-led study finds
Kasari, principal investigator for the study, explores how technology enhances communication for minimally-verbal children
Combining use of device with therapy sessions helped minimally verbal children talk, interact
Speech-generating iPads show promise in helping nonverbal children communicate
Caregiver Training Helps Children With Autism From Low-Resource Families
At-home caregiver training can significantly improve social communication in children with autism from low-resourced families
Positive interactions between those with disabilities, other peers seen as crucial
December 9, 2014
30 Most Innovative People in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, November 15, 2014
Kids With Autism See Big Gains With Tablets, September 4, 2014
August 29, 2014
Smart Woman: Smart Devices Help Treat Autism, August 29, 2014
Personalized approach enhances communications skills in children with autism, July 16, 2014
Tablet Computers May Help Children with Autism Become Better Communicators, July 1, 2014
iPads May Help Boost Speaking Skills in Kids With Autism: Study, July 1, 2014
Tablet devices help kids with autism speak up, July 1, 2014
June 24, 2014
Autism Issues Complicate Anti-Bullying Task, May 6, 2014