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Top 10 Autism Research Advancements of 2012

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If you haven’t checked them out already, take a look at Autism Speaks Top 10 Autism Research Advancements of 2012! http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/top-ten-autism-research-advances-2012

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Optimal Outcome for Autism

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Research this month in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry investigated the controversial topic of recovery in autism by comparing “optimal outcome” individuals to those with high functioning autism and typical development. The optimal outcome group did not differ significantly from the typical development group on the study’s main measures. Importantly, the optimal outcome

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Medication Decision Toolkit

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Deciding whether you should use medication to help treat your child’s behavioral challenges can be a daunting task.  This tool kit from Autism Speaks can help you to make the best decision for you and your child.  Here is the link: http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/resources-programs/autism-treatment-network/tools-you-can-use/medication-guide

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Hacienda Oaks Community Garden

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Our friends at Hacienda Oaks Estates, a local non-profit benefitting people with autism, are working to build a community garden! Please join them on February 3rd, 10th, or 24th at 10:00 a.m. in Moorpark. Be sure to RSVP. Plan to get dirty and have some fun! We’ll see you there!

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Aut2Run Event!

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The Autism Society of Ventura County is hosting their 1st Annual charity race “Aut2Run!” The race will take place at CSU Channel Islands on Saturday, April 6, 2013. ACT United will be creating a team and raising funds for this event, and ACT will be sponsoring the event and hosting a booth. Friday is the

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Happy Holidays from ACT!

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ACT had a wonderful holiday party this year at Bellini Osteria in Westlake. The food and ambience were fantastic! Congratulations to the ACTers who won the Nikon camera, Kindle Fire HD tablet, Coach bag, and other great prizes! To those who couldn’t make it: you were missed! We certainly remembered our many blessings at this celebration

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New Research on Autism Treatment

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New research is investigating a relatively simple treatment for a rare form of autism caused by a gene mutation that results in deficiencies in amino acids. Take a look. http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/certain-amino-acids-may-relieve-rare-form-autism

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Abnormal Immune Response and Autism

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Abnormal immune responses have been linked to autism. A new report shows elevated levels of dendritic immune cells in children with autism. The study links immune abnormality to regression and GI distress. Take a look: http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/immune-changes-linked-regression-gi-distress-repetitive-behaviors

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Traffic Pollution During Pregnancy

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A new study associates a three-fold increase in autism risk with exposure to traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy and the first year of life.  Check out the article here: http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1393589  

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ACT Welcomes Shannon!

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Please help ACT welcome Shannon as a new member of our staff! Shannon holds a Master’s degree from USC and a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA. She has helped educate children with special needs in a local school district, served as a child care specialist at the UCLA Medical Hospital Children’s Ward, and provided play therapy to

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