EARLIER AUTISM DIAGNOSIS POSSIBLE FOR SOME CHILDREN BASED ON METABOLIC BIOMARKERS IN BLOOD, NEW RESEARCH SHOWS
New biomarkers detected in 1,100 subject study accurately identify specific subtypes of ASD related to abnormalities in metabolizing certain amino acids. Funding for this study was provided by a grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health, the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation, and the Robert E. and Donna Landreth Family Fund. Learn more about the study by reading the press release.
COLD SPRING HARBOR LABORATORY POSTGRADUATE COURSES ON AUTISM AND RELATED DISORDERS:
THE GENETICS AND NEUROBIOLOGY OF LANGUAGE
Why are children able to acquire highly sophisticated language abilities without needing to be taught? What are the neurobiological and neurophysiological processes that underpin human speech and language, and how do they go awry in developmental and acquired disorders? Which genetic factors contribute to this remarkable suite of human skills, and are there evolutionary precursors that we can study in their species? A unique course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory addressed core questions about the bases and origins of speech and language, through talks, interactive sessions, keynotes, and debates, involving leading experts from a range of disciplines. The full lectures are available to be viewed on the CSHL Leading Strand website.
To learn more about attending a CSHL meeting, please visit their website.
BOSTON POPS' SENSORY-FRIENDLY CONCERT
The NLM Family Foundation is pleased to support the Boston Pops’ first sensory-friendly concert, designed for all families with children or adults with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities. The Boston Pops Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart will offer this concert, the family-story matinee Once Upon a Time… on Saturday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at Boston’s Symphony Hall. Learn more about the event by reading the BSO press release or visiting the BSO website.
GOLF PROGRAM FOR ADULTS
The “Joy of Golf” program provides adults with autism ages 35+ in the Greater Boston area the opportunity to practice driving and putting under the guidance of a team of PGA pros specially trained in accessible golf instruction. The nonprofit organization Golf For All is offering these weekly clinics at the Leo J. Martin Memorial Golf Course in Weston, Massachusetts for the third year in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the NLM Foundation. For more information, please contact Fred Corcoran, Executive Director of Golf For All.
NEW ENGLAND YACHAD RECREATIONAL PROGRAM FOR ADULTS
New England Yachad, in partnership with the NLM Foundation, offers year-round, inclusive recreational opportunities for adults with autism and related developmental disabilities ages 35+ in the New England area. Individuals of all faiths are warmly welcome. Popular programs include Music & Movement, Art Appreciation, and bowling leagues in Boston and Norwood, Massachusetts. Yachad’s dedication to low-barrier programming means they will do whatever they can to help enable an interested individual to participate. For more information contact Liz Offen, Executive Director of New England Yachad.