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Read more about: Autism characteristics

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.

Bullying and Autism

In this webinar, Connie Anderson, Ph.D. discusses risk factors, solutions, and the consequences of bullying for individuals with autism. This webinar is 60 minutes long.

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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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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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Supersized Research

To understand the genetics of autism, scientists have to study a lot of people. Pamela Feliciano, Ph.D., SPARK’s scientific director, discusses the challenges of engaging a large group in research.

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FOXP1

People with mutations in FOXP1 have what is known as FOXP1-related syndrome. They often have intellectual disability, developmental delay and autism-like behaviors.

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SHANK3

SHANK3 is one of the genes most commonly linked to autism. Nearly 1 percent of people with autism have changes in this gene.

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