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New Standard for Autism Spectrum Disorders

An Israeli researcher has defined a new, integrated interpretation of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
The work will make it easier to understand both the commonalities and differences between ASD and other conditions.

In an article published in the journal The Neuroscientist , Dr. Dorit Ben Shalom recommends a uniform approach to evaluating and confronting the four common problems associated with ASD.

“The main criterion defining Autism Spectrum Disorders is difficulty in emotional-social behavior,” explains Dr. Ben Shalom of Ben-Gurion University’s Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience, in Beer-Sheva, Israel.

“Nevertheless, many people with ASD have some difficulties in three other domains — memory, perception and motor behavior.”

In her theoretical model, Dr. Ben Shalom recommends a uniform way to think about these four types of difficulties, which she believes are linked by a common brain structure/brain function connection involving the medial prefrontal cortex.

This approach makes it easier to understand both commonalities and differences between ASD and other conditions, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

This approach will make it possible to test predictions about the location of these brain networks, how they function differently in people with ASD and how to use this knowledge to design interventions and compensatory strategies.

According to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, ASD is more common in the pediatric population than better known disorders, such as diabetes, spina bifida or Down syndrome.

A recent study of a U.S. metropolitan area estimates that 3.4 of every 1,000 children between 3 and 10 years old have autism.

Source: American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

New Standard for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). New Standard for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 20, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2010/01/05/new-standard-for-autism-spectrum-disorders/10549.html

 

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