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Study Considers Presentation Differences in Girls with ASD

Findings of a recent study suggest that girls who go on to be diagnosed with ASD present with very different symptoms than boys. This may explain why there are differences in the rate and age of diagnosis of girls with ASD as opposed to boys. There is evidence that girls use more strategies to manage their social delays and focus on different types of restricted interests. More specifically, girls seemed to be more driven to want to fit in with their peers. As a result, they often mimic the social behaviors of others. In addition, behaviors of girls with ASD were considered less problematic, and therefore less likely to be addressed through further study. Results seem to indicate a need to continue to study of the differences in presentation amongst girls and boys to prevent delays in diagnosis for girls.

To read more on this study, click here.


Online Survey for Parents of Children with ASD

The Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University is conducting an online survey to learn how parents in Virginia who have children 1 to 8 years old with Autism Spectrum Disorder make decisions about services for their children. Respondents will receive a $30 Visa card for their participation in the survey. Gift cards will take 2-3 weeks to process.

The attached information sheet gives more details on the survey and how to participate.

The address below is a direct link to the survey. You can take it in either English or Spanish.

If you have any questions, please contact Parthy Dinora (

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La Sociedad para Personas con Discapacidades en la Universidad de la Comunidad de Virginia VCU, está realizando una encuesta por Internet para conocer como toman decisiones cómo toman decisiones acerca de los servicios, los padres de niños(as) con Autismo, de edades entre los 1 y 8 años. Quienes respondan a las preguntas recibirán una tarjeta Visa por $30 por participar en la encuesta. Las tarjetas de regalo tomarán 2-3 semanas para procesar.

La información anexa le da más detalles acerca del a encuesta y de cómo participar.

La siguiente dirección es un enlace directo a la encuesta. Puede tomarlo en Inglés o Español.

Dirija sus preguntas a ParthyDinora (

Gracias por difundir nuestro mensaje!


Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions for Young Children

As children with autism are being diagnosed earlier and earlier in their lives, more children are receiving services for autlsm as toddlers. Although these services have a number of different names, most fall under the realm of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NBDI). In some ways NBDI's differ from the structured course of ABA therapy. They are more child-directed and often incorporate family members in the process. But as they have grown and developed, they have proven to carry through traditional ABA principles. Researchers are suggesting that coverage for ABA therapy should be extended to these NDBI's so that services can begin at younger ages. To read more about the NBDI's and their use, check out this journal article.


Autism, Transition, and Employment: An Annotated Bibliography

To view Autism, Transition and Employment: An Annotated Bibliography, click here.

The bibliography contains a wide array of journal articles that are packed full of quality information on autism, transition, and employment. Review these articles for the most up-to-date information on this ever-changing topic.


Volunteers Needed for Study

Volunteers needed to participate in just a 30 minute long research study (jointly organized by ODU and EVMS) related to facial expresssion and visual stimuli analysis for Autism Spectrm Disorder.

Sponsored By:

Vision Lab, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Old Dominion University
2107 Engineering Systems Building
Norfolk, Virginia 23529

Participants must meet all of the following:

  • Be generally healthy male or female subjects between the age of 7 and 20
  • Have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Each participant will be offered a small compensation in the form of a gift card.

For more information please call:

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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