More Information

The Asperger's Connection provides an opportunity for individuals with Asperger' s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism, their families, professionals, legislators and policy decision makers to interact directly with one another.

The mission of The Asperger's Connection is to:

Upcoming Events, Classes, & Conferences: Asperger's Association of NE:

Understanding Asperger Syndrome: Interventions and Strategies for Parents Single session introduction to AS and what families need to do to help children succeed. In Charlestown at MGH Youthcare: Dates and times TBA.

Linda Harmon - Director
Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts
360 West Boylston Street Suite 204
West Boylston, MA 01583

phone- 508-595-9101
fax - 508-520-6040
e-mail- lharmon@hmea.org

Web site : www.arccm.org

Cheri Rames
Community Education Coordinator
Center for Disabilities
USD School of Medicine & Health Sciences
1400 W. 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57015
(605) 357-1347
E-Mail: crames@usd.edu

Announcements:

Help with Autism Research!

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine are using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate brain structure, connections, and functions.

Who can participate?

What happens in this study?

Participants will undergo a practice session in our pretend MRI scanner.  The practice session is used to allow the participant to see what the MRI will be like and to practice laying still.  We will also give several standardized and diagnostic tests to confirm diagnosis of autism and assess cognitive and language abilities.

What is the time commitment?

Each practice MRI session lasts about 30 minutes and the real MRI scan takes about 30-45 minutes.  The standardized testing for typically developing individuals takes about 2.5 hours.  For individuals with autism or Asperger’s who have not been to our lab before, the testing will be over several visits and takes about 5 hours total.  Participants will be compensated for their time and receive a picture of their brain.

For more information, please contact Nancy at 617-414-2348 or at nshaffer@bu.edu.

ATTENTION TEACHERS:

Harcourt Assessment, Inc. would like to invite teachers to participate in the Standardization phase of the Classroom Questionnaire Project. In order to qualify for participation you must be a mainstream education teacher, special education teacher, or resource room teacher. This pilot will require you to complete a 15-20 minute questionnaire regarding students' classroom behaviors.

We are looking for students ages 3 years 0 months through 11 years 11 months who are typically developing or diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, or Asperger's Syndrome (please note that all parents of students diagnosed with a clinical disorder must complete a validity questionnaire). In addition to the standardization and clinical studies we are also looking for typically developing students to participate in a test-retest study and a parent validity questionnaire study. All students should come from a variety of socioeconomic and ethnic/racial backgrounds (spaces for your students will be reserved based on their age, geographic location, gender, parent education level, and ethnicity).

In exchange for the teacher's participation they will earn $10 for each student questionnaire that they complete (the test-retest study will earn a total of $20). If a parent validity is required the parent will be compensated $10 and the teacher will be compensated an additional $10. In order to receive payment all questionnaires must be received within the agreed upon time frame and with all of the completed components.

If you have referrals or if you meet the criteria and are interested in participating please contact me at katherine_coffey@Harcourt.com or by phone at 1.800.233.5686, ext. 5221. I will assist you in enrolling you or your referrals in the project.  DEADLINE: DECEMBER 15, 2005.

If you are not interested in participating or do not meet the qualifications for this study please forward this information on to any of your colleagues who may be interested and meet the criteria. 

NIH CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN AUTISM
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
412-246-5485
Toll Free: 1-866- 647-3436
Email: autismrecruiter@upmc.edu
(Please include your phone number & address in your email)

You are invited to consider participation in ongoing research projects studying how people with autism think and the genetic link to autism. Nancy J. Minshew, M.D., an internationally recognized expert in autism, is also the Director of the University of Pittsburgh based Collaborative Programs of Excellence in Autism (CPEA). Dr. Minshew is collaborating with a team of scientists from Carnegie Mellon University and University of Illinois at Chicago to find the neurological, genetic, and cognitive basis for autism. Click here for more information.

AUTISM RESEARCH STUDY

Volunteer Research Participants (Age 18+) Needed

for a project investigating the way adults with autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) perceive the visual world.

The study involves one 1-hour visit at the Shriver Center in Waltham during which the participant will be asked to:

  • Complete three brief vision-screening tests;
  • Watch patterns on a computer screen for 10-15 minutes (including breaks) while wearing 5 small sensors on the scalp.

- Parents, guardians or care providers are free to remain with the participant throughout testing.
- Participants will receive compensation at the end of their visit.

For more information or to enroll in the study, please contact:

Naomi Bass at (781) 642-0221

or send an e-mail message to Naomi.Bass@umassmed.edu

- Free Parking Available -

New books:

Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Recreation
For more information: http://www.sagamorepub.com

Karen DeFelice: Enzymes for Autism and other Neurological Conditions

Rebekah Heinrichs: Perfect Targets:Asperger Syndrome and Bullying: Practical Solutions for Surviving the Social World. Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

Online Course:
Lesley University presents an online course "Autism Spectrum Disorders" for teachers, school administrators, public health providers, parents, paraducators and Early Intervention personnel. For more information contact Karen Cullen-Malloch, Lesley University, School of Education, 29 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-2690. (617) 349-8352 or kcullenm@lesley.edu.

Web Based Training:
I am a parent of a 10 year old son with AS. I am working on developing a web based educational course for teachers on the classroom environment and learning issues of children with AS. I currently have a website consisting of several slide shows with commentary I initially designed for my son's afterschool program several years ago. I would invite you to take a look.
www.aspergerinfo.freeservers.com

Additional Suggested Links:


Disclaimer: The Asperger's Connection is pleased to provide content and information. Please Note: This information is provided as a service. It is not intended to be totally comprehensive, nor does it claim to provide the only information about relevant issues or theories. The user is encouraged to check references or resources and to keep in mind that the content and contributions by individuals are intended as general information only. No endorsement by this agency should be inferred.