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Autism Symptoms and Causes

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that begins early in childhood and lasts throughout a person's life. It affects how a person acts and interacts with others, communicates, and learns. It includes what used to be known as Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorders.

It is called a "spectrum" disorder because people with ASD can have a range of symptoms. People with ASD might have problems talking with you, or they might not look you in the eye when you talk to them. They may also have restricted interests and repetitive behaviors. They may spend a lot of time putting things in order, or they may say the same sentence again and again. They may often seem to be in their "own world."

At well-child checkups, the health care provider should check your child's development. If there are signs of ASD, your child will have a comprehensive evaluation. It may include a team of specialists, doing various tests and evaluations to make a diagnosis.

The causes of ASD are not known. Research suggests that both genes and environment play important roles.

There is currently no one standard treatment for ASD. There are many ways to increase your child's ability to grow and learn new skills. Starting them early can lead to better results. Treatments include behavior and communication therapies, skills training, and medicines to control symptoms.

NIH: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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Autism Clinical Trials and Studies

Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses. People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff.
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1 Recruiting Autologous Bone Marrow Stem Cells for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Conditions: Autism;   Autism Spectrum
Intervention: Other: Stem cells
Outcome Measures: IDEA Improvement;   CARS improvement
2 Not yet recruiting Clinical Evaluation of Integrative Practices Units Infant and Child Care for Unit Children With Typical or Atypical Autism (Autism)
Condition: Autism
Intervention: Behavioral: Integrative practices
Outcome Measures: Developmental evolution in the Psycho Educative-Profil 3 (PEP 3) scale between Month 0 and Month 12;   Global evolution of children by ECA-R scale;   Global evolution thanks to CARS scale
3 Recruiting Neurophysiological Molecular and Developmental Analysis of the Glutamate Synapse in Autism
Condition: Autism
Interventions: Genetic: analysis of the glutamate synapse in Autism;   Genetic: DNA collection;   Other: Auditory evoked potentials
Outcome Measure: screening of about 50 genes encoding proteins of the NMDA receptor complex, chosen according to their chromosomal localisation located in hotspots depicted by genome-wide screens in large population of autistic patients
4 Unknown  Intensive Intervention for Toddlers With Autism (EARLY STEPS)
Conditions: Autism;   Autism Spectrum Disorder
Interventions: Behavioral: Early Start Denver Model;   Behavioral: Standard community care
Outcome Measure: This is the final category of measures. We will examine variables involving (a) biological, (b) child specific, and (c) environmental factors that are expected to mediate or moderate child outcomes.
5 Recruiting A Trial of CM-AT in Children With Autism- Open Label Extension Study
Condition: Autism
Intervention: Drug: CM-AT
Outcome Measures: Evidence of changes in behavior scales associated with the core symptoms of Autism;   Other key measures of behavior and quality of life associated with Autism
6 Not yet recruiting Shared Decision Making to Improve Care and Outcomes for Children With Autism
Conditions: Autistic Disorder;   Pervasive Developmental Disorder;   Child Development Disorders, Pervasive;   Asperger Syndrome;   Autism Spectrum Disorder;   Autism
Intervention: Other: Decision Aid
Outcome Measures: Decisional Conflict;   Parent-physician interaction
7 Recruiting Psychotherapy for Anxiety in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Conditions: Autism Spectrum Disorders;   Autism;   Asperger's Syndrome;   Pervasive Developmental Disability - Not Otherwise Specified;   Obsessive-compulsive Disorder;   Social Phobia;   Generalized Anxiety Disorder;   Specific Phobia;   Separation Anxiety Disorder
Interventions: Behavioral: Personalized Cognitive-behavioral therapy;   Behavioral: Standard Practice Cognitive-behavioral therapy
Outcome Measures: Change from Baseline in anxiety severity on the Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale after 16 weeks of treatment.;   Change from Baseline in anxiety severity on the Clinical Global Impressions Scale after 16 weeks of treatment.;   Change from Baseline in anxiety severity on the Child and Adolescent Symptom Inventory after 16 weeks of treatment.;   Change from Baseline in anxiety related impairment as measured by the Childhood Anxiety Impact Scale after 16 weeks of treatment.
8 Unknown  Deep rTMS (Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)for Treatment of Autism Symptoms in Children.
Condition: Autism
Intervention: Device: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Outcome Measures: CGI-I(clinical global impression-I) as a measure for social functioning;   ASRS (Adult ADHD Self Report Scale) as a measure for social awareness and social motivation;   Facial recognition test as a measure for preference to faces vs. objects;   PLS-4(Preschool Language Scale - 4 ) as a measure for language impairment.;   BASC (Behavior Assessment System for Children) as a measure for anxiety;   ABC (Autism Behavior Checklist)as a measure for repetitive behaviors
9 Recruiting Early Detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children
Condition: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Intervention:
Outcome Measures: Percentage of Children with a High Risk Genetic Score on the ARISK Genetic Test who have a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at 24 Months;   Percentage of Children who failed the Red Flags for Communication (RFC) Scale at 12 months who have a Diagnosis of ASD at 24 months
10 Unknown  Evaluation of the French Version of Screening Questionnaires for Autism and Asperger Syndrome: AQ, EQ and SQ
Conditions: Asperger Syndrome;   Autism
Intervention: Other: questionnaires
Outcome Measure:
11 Recruiting Stem Cell Therapy in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Condition: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Interventions: Procedure: Autologous bone marrow mononuclear cell transplantation;   Procedure: Autologous bone marrow mononuclear cell transplantation in patients with Autism
Outcome Measures: Improvement in the scales for Autism spectrum disorders;   Positron Emission Tomography- computed tomography to study change in brain metabolism
12 Unknown  Treatment of Sleep Disturbances in Young Children With Autism
Conditions: Autism;   Autism Spectrum Disorders
Intervention: Behavioral: ParentTraining
Outcome Measures: Modified Simond & Parraga Sleep Questionnaire (MSPSQ);   Actigraphy
13 Not yet recruiting Collaborative Study Of Neurofeedback Training Of 6-18 Year Olds With Autism
Condition: Autism
Intervention: Behavioral: Neurofeedback training
Outcome Measure: Level of normalization of brainwaves based upon QEEG
14 Recruiting A Trial of the Drug Donepezil for Sleep Enhancement and Behavioral Change in Children With Autism
Condition: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Interventions: Drug: Donepezil;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measures: 12Either an improvement in the Expressive Language and the Receptive Language subscales of the Mullen Scales of Early Learning (MSEL)OR an improvement on the severity scale of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).;   An exploratory analysis will investigate whether normalization of REM parameters also improves other measurements of sleep quality in children with Autism.;   The change in REM sleep parameters after 12 months in relation to improvements in behavioral indices.
15 Recruiting Using Web-based Technology to Expand and Enhance Applied Behavioral Analysis Programs for Children With Autism in Military Families
Condition: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Interventions: Behavioral: Parent-training Curriculum;   Behavioral: Technology-Enhanced Tutor Training;   Behavioral: Technology-enhanced Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention;   Behavioral: No-Intervention
Outcome Measures: Intelligent Quotient: Differential Abilities Scales, Second Edition;   Parent Training: Behavioral Implementation Skills for Play Activities;   Tutor Training: Behavioral Implementation of Work Activities
16 Unknown  The Development of Younger Siblings of Children With Autism Now at 10 Years of Age
Condition: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Intervention:
Outcome Measure:
17 Recruiting Effectiveness of Atomoxetine in Treating ADHD Symptoms in Children and Adolescents With Autism
Condition: Autism
Interventions: Drug: Atomoxetine;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measures: ADHD symptoms;   Irritability and anxiety;   Core autistic symptoms;   Quality of life
18 Recruiting An Evaluation of a Developmentally-Based Parent Training Program for Children With Autism
Condition: Autistic Disorder
Intervention: Behavioral: Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE ) developmentally based parent delivered intervention
Outcome Measures: Social Responsiveness Scale;   Repetitive Behavior Scale;   Family Empowerment Scale;   Caregiver Strain questionnaire;   Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory;   Sensory Profile Questionnaire
19 Recruiting Genetics, Brain Structure and Thinking Skills in Autism
Condition: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Intervention:
Outcome Measure: Total Brain Volume
20 Recruiting Social Cognitive Development in Young Children With Autism
Condition: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Interventions: Behavioral: Social Enhancement Intervention;   Behavioral: Parent Education
Outcome Measures: Change in Baseline Eye Tracking Tasks;   Change in Baseline Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scale Developmental Profile;   Change in Baseline Spontaneous Imitation Task;   Change in Baseline Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule;   Change in Baseline Mullen Scales of Early Learning;   Change in Baseline Action/intention understanding taks