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Get the latest autism updates from SPARK, including information about genes and ASD research, webinars, and personal stories from our community.

Our 'genes' page provides short, easy-to-understand descriptions of genes linked to autism. Under 'research', you'll find the latest updates from SPARK and other autism studies. In our 'stories' section, families, scientists and others share their journeys. In our monthly webinars, speakers from the autism community provide useful information for families and people with autism. All are welcome--invitation links are issued in our monthly newsletter. If you have suggestions for webinar topics, please email us at webinars@sparkforautism.org.

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    Antonio Hardan: Anxiety and Autism

    The psychiatrist and researcher discusses why it can be difficult to diagnose anxiety in people with autism and describes some of the most effective treatments.

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    Community Spotlight: Nataly Cuzcu

    Nataly Cuzcu’s twin daughters were 11 months old when she first noticed that their development seemed to be moving backward.

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    Autism Acceptance

    In this webinar, Stephen Shore, M.Ed. discusses the autism acceptance movement and how to reframe the term disability. This webinar is 60 minutes long.

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    Are Digital Tools the Future of Autism Research?

    Learn more about how digital tools can be used in autism research.

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    Genetic Study Highlights Motor Issues in Autism

    Motor problems may be more common than intellectual disability.

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    On the Edge of Autism

    Caitlin and Chad Calder long suspected that their daughter Della had autism. But they didn’t get an official diagnosis until they learned she had a change in the ASXL3 gene.

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    Latha Soorya: Improving autism treatments

    Existing therapies work well for some children but not others. Soorya is determined to enhance and expand the range of autism interventions.

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    Diet and Autism

    This is a joint webinar with SSC@IAN (Simons Simplex Collection at the Interactive Autism Network). In this webinar, Dr. Susan Hyman discusses why individuals with autism have food selectivity, what kinds of problems food selectivity can lead to, how a proper diet can impact behavior, and evidence for dietary treatments for symptoms of autism. This webinar is 60 minutes long.

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    After 18 Years, a Genetic Diagnosis

    Carrie is one of the first SPARK participants to get a genetic result. Her mother, Lynn, says everything has changed and nothing has changed.

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    Sleep in ASD

    In this webinar, Dr. Ashura Buckley defines sleep terminology and discusses the basics of the sleep/wake cycle. She also talks about the types of sleep problems in people with ASD, current approaches to treatment and where to go from here. This webinar is 60 minutes long.

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