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Archived News: In Research and Intervention
December 2011

Success of Project Search Program at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital Shared Nationwide

The Catholic Health Association of the United States recently published an article in Catholic Health World on the success of the Project Search program at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, VA. Project Search, an immersion employment training model for young adults with disabilities who are entering the mainstream workforce, was created by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. There are currently more than 150 sites worldwide implementing the model program. In Richmond, Project Search is a collaborative effort between Virginia Commonwealth University, Henrico County Public Schools, the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, and St. Mary's Hospital.

To read the entire October 15, 2011 article, click here.


New Research Suggests Children with Autism Benefit When Peers Are Included in Social Skills Training

The social skills of students with autism are more likely to improve when their classmates without the disorder receive some training on how best to interact with them, according to a recent study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Shaun Heasley, from Disability Scoop reported that researchers at the University of California studied students with autism in inclusion classrooms and found that those whose typically developing peers received training on social skills were less likely to spend time alone on the playground and more likely to have classmates say they were friends. These students continued to see improved socialization even after moving to new classrooms.

View the entire article from Disability Scoop (11/29/11) here.


UC Davis Mind Institute Releases Study on Brain Development in Preschoolers with Autism

ScienceDaily recently reported on a research study performed at the UC Davis Mind Institute on brain development in preschoolers with autism. In the study of 180 children between the ages of two and four, researchers found that boys with regressive autism, but not early onset autism, have larger brains than their age-matched healthy counterparts. The research went on to show that when girls with autism were evaluated separately than boys, no girls with autism, regressive or early onset, were found to have abnormal brain growth. Although research has been previously done on brain enlargement in children with autism, this study provided specific information on how many and which children with autism might be affected. One of the researchers, David G. Ameral, stated, “This adds to the growing evidence that there are multiple biological subtypes of autism, with different neurobiological underpinnings.”

To read the entire ScienceDaily (11/28/2011) article, click here.


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