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SENSE Theatre to offer two free performances

Jun. 9, 2022—SENSE Theatre®, a summer camp for youth with autism spectrum disorders led by Blythe Corbett, PhD, and supported by the Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives® will present two live, free performances of an original play with music. Both performances of “The Year of the Ladybug” will take place in the Wyatt Center Rotunda on the Vanderbilt campus at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18

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Autism and sleep problems

May. 10, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers developed a framework for using de-identified medical records to characterize sleep in people on the autism spectrum — a framework that should also be useful for studying other neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Children with autism report greater gender diversity: study

Apr. 21, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers found that children with autism report higher rates of gender diversity — the way in which an individual experiences gender distinct from social norms for their gender assigned at birth — than their typically developing peers.

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VKC data shows increase in autism spectrum disorder prevalence, provides new data on 4-year-olds

Dec. 2, 2021—Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) researchers are seeing an increase in the number of children in Tennessee with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Social skills intervention study seeking adult participants with autism

Nov. 15, 2021—The SENSE Lab at Vanderbilt is currently recruiting adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to be part of a study that examines an intervention, SENSE Theatre, targeting improvement of social skills in adults with ASD. The lab is looking for 18-35-year-old men and women with ASD to join the study. Participation includes psychological testing (2-3...

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Initiative helps patients with communication disorders

Oct. 21, 2021—Vanderbilt's Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences is working to educate clinicians about augmentative and alternative communication methods for patients with communication disorders.

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TRIAD,TEIS partnership expands early intervention services

Jul. 22, 2021—The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) has renewed its contract with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) to continue and expand a partnership with Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS).

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Youth with ASD have higher body mass index: study

Mar. 11, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers have concluded that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) tend to have higher body mass index (BMI) percentiles when compared to youth with typical development.

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Females with autism reach puberty earlier: study

Feb. 25, 2021—Blythe Corbett, PhD, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and investigator with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, recently led a study which found that on average, females with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experienced the onset of puberty 9.5 months earlier than their peers.

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Autism theory 25 years in the making

Jan. 8, 2021—A unifying explanation of the cause of autism and the reason for its rising prevalence has eluded scientists for decades, but a theoretical model published in the journal Medical Hypotheses describes the cause as a combination of socially valued traits, common in autism, and any number of co-occurring disabilities.

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Telementoring project aims to improve access for adults with autism

Oct. 29, 2020—A team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is launching a program to improve access to primary care for adults with autism.

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ACM gift aims to improve lives of children with autism spectrum disorder

Aug. 13, 2020—ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, has made a generous gift to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for programs and research demonstrating the healing power of music to improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder.

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