News and Notes from The Johnson Center

Q & A: How do we know what to do?

JCCHD | Thu, April 05, 2012 | [Autism Treatment][Q and A ]

It seems like every day there is a news story about autism research that says this is good, this is bad, don’t do this, do this. It is hard to make sense of it all. How can parents make the right choice for what their child needs?

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World Autism Awareness Day

JCCHD | Mon, April 02, 2012 | [Community][Events][News]

Today, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day. The Centers for Disease Control recently released data that in 2008, one eight-year-old out of every 88 in the US had an autism spectrum diagnosis – this was an increase of 23% from the previous two years. There are many layers to understanding and discussing this complex issue, but one thing is clear: many people either have autism or love someone who does.

So how does one commemorate World Autism Awareness Day and what is it we want people to be aware of? The answer ...

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Research Update: Survey Analysis of Gluten and Casein Free Diet in ASD Population

JCCHD | Thu, March 29, 2012 | [Research]

Surveys are used to gather information such as current opinions on political issues or on the latest summer movies. Though not a true experiment, a survey is a useful research tool for determining behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs. However, individual surveys rarely provide strong evidence of cause and effect. In the latest study on ASD and GFCF diets published in Nutritional Neuroscience, researchers relied on parental report survey data to identify what is believed about elimination diets in relation to behavior and health. The authors of the study concluded that parents who were the most rigorous in administering a GFCF diet to their children are more likely to report improvements in health and ASD and social behaviors.

Penn State scientists developed a 90-item questionnaire for 387 caregivers to answer concerning their child’s health and diet. This questionnaire ...

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