Community Bulletin: Therapeutic Concerns, Professional Education, Newspaper Announcement | Spectrum

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This week, Twitter was, well, atwitter, in response to a point of view in JAMA Pediatrics which challenges autism researchers to reconsider behavioral interventions from a neurodiversity perspective. The article states that “increasingly, parents are expressing reservations about enrolling their child in early intervention programs, citing concerns that such programs do not value neurodiversity and, instead of this, prioritize changing their child’s behavior to fit neurotypical norms”.

Among a slew of tweets sharing and quoting the article, Yasser Ad-Dab’baghneuroscience and mental health researcher at King Fahad Specialty Hospital in Saudi Arabia, called this view “important perspective that is a #MustRead.” Co-author of Viewpoint Laurent Franzassistant professor of psychiatry and global health at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, tweeted that the article was a “wonderful collaborative effort.

Tony Charmanprofessor of clinical child psychology at King’s College London in the UK, tweeted that “there are very different points of view on these issues but some some [sic] paths (and goals) can be shared…? »

In a separate tweet, the Autism Science Foundation noted that early intensive behavioral intervention”improves outcomes for people from all walks of lifeand is not in conflict with #neurodiversity.

In other Twitter news, autism in adulthood announced that it had been accepted by PubMed Central, an online repository of biomedical journals, noting that “ALL articles will be OPEN ACCESS for 12 months after publication. A great way to make our content accessible! »

The announcement prompted a source of excitement and congratulations, such as Jo Billington, a PhD student at the Center for Autism at the University of Reading in the UK, who tweeted: “This is an excellent review and I’m really happy that their articles are now getting a wider audience. Make known!”

From the files in case you missed it, the University of Michigan tweeted about a virtual reality training program to help people with autism enter the job market, which has been the subject of a recent Chicago Grandstand article. (Spectrum also highlighted the study evaluate this training program).

Matthew J. Smithassociate professor of social work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and study investigator, was grateful of the Chicago Grandstand to highlight the value of the program.

For a fitting conclusion to this week’s Community Bulletin, we turn to a study in autism research which looked at student recruitment through social media. He found that “sampling from online channels may be associated with a high risk of sampling bias, making the results not generalizable to the autistic population.”

Social media is a bubble. This may be a big bubble for some, but it’s still a bubble,” tweeted Paul Whiteleydirector of ESPA Research in the UK

With reference to the same article, michelle dawsonautism researcher at the Rivière-des-Prairies Hospital in Montreal, Canada, wondered: autism samples are representative? »

Becky Woodlecturer in special education at the University of East London, tweeted his agreement with Dawson but also wrote: ‘I think the article makes a valid point.In a separate tweet, she wondered why the research did no mention of COVID-19“given that almost all of the articles are from 2019 or later.”

What do you think? Is recruiting for autism research through social media a good idea?

That’s it for this week’s Community Newsletter! If you have any suggestions for interesting social posts you’ve seen in autism research, please feel free to email [email protected].

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