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Animation of Long-Term Potentiation and DNA

March 27, 2009

Readers of Exaptation will note that a recent post dealt with Long-Term Potentiation, or LTP. LTP is related to the manner in which signals travel in the brain (very simplified explanation!). This animation of LTP explains the process in much greater detail. Other visualizations relevant to understanding some of the scientific research regarding autism include: […]

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Sneak peek!

March 26, 2009

This is the inaugural post for ASD World, which will officially launch on April 2, 2009. Yes, World Autism Awareness Day. Please take part in an activity near you or donate to a favorite cause. Initially, I will blog here as I build an advocacy practice to assist the parents of children with autism. I […]

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Can we use brain signaling to improve ABA?

March 25, 2009

This article from Wired describes a very interesting development in neuroscience that could be harnessed to improve teaching of autistic children (and, of course, NT children as well). The essence of the discovery is that there are signals, prior to the application of a stimulus (in this case, something to be memorized), that seem to […]

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Andrew Wakefield links of shame

February 9, 2009

This short article is the most recent update on the fallout from Wakefield’s actions. A longer version is also available. Finally, a broad explanation of the investigation is available on the journalist’s website. Here are some things that we didn’t note in our earlier post: this article from a few days ago is NOT the […]

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Soapbox: Andrew Wakefield and Scientific Misconduct

February 8, 2009

When I was pregnant, I thought I should wear a t-shirt with the following: December 5. I don’t know. No, I just cannot be within a 5-foot radius of ham or any other pork product. This was because every random stranger asked me, “When are you due? What are you having? Do you have any […]

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Focusing the national agenda on autism

January 21, 2009

There are about a zillion autism organizations, and many of them have at least some lobbying component. Here at 30seats, we’re generally more focused on thinking about direct action, either in terms of directly helping families in their own homes or in their efforts to secure early intensive behavioral interventions (EIBI) for their children (including […]

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ABA is for monkeys (and managers)!

January 20, 2009

I recently puchased the book “Made to Stick,” and I’ve spent a little time catching up on the authors’ articles in Fast Company magazine. One caught my eye and seemed eerily familiar. This article describes, of all things, using some standard ABA techniques to “handle” a difficult boss. It mentions the notion that everything you […]

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Costs of caring

December 2, 2008

The NYT today has a post about the cost of caring for an elderly parent. One of the projects on our writing list is an article about measuring the soft costs of having an autistic child. We call these soft costs because one standard measure of evaluating medical treatments from a public health or insurance […]

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Save the Date – 12/4/08 Film Screening

November 10, 2008

As the first public activity of the Wolfhound Fund, we will be sponsoring a screening of Jackie Spirer’s film “Finding Matty’s Voice.” Her film won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Ivy Film Festival. The screening will take place on December 4 at the Cornell Club, in New York City. More to follow. If […]

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Next steps on open-source autism school

August 7, 2008

To get started, We’ve posted a project in connection with the open-source autism school at Arielle’s Project Interns site. Here is the description: Develop specifications for a web 2.0 front-end for a project to create an open-source/crowdsourced model for starting a nonprofit school for children on the autistic spectrum. The website should support and encourage […]

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