A radical change in our autism research strategy is needed: Back to prototypes
Commentary by Laurent Mottron on a controversial issue related to how best to most effectively pursue autism research in the future. Responses from various researchers as well as Laurent Mottron's response to these opinions.
This comment was the subject of Laurent Mottron's webinar "On the need for radical change in autism research” of August 31, 2021.
On the need for radical change in autism research
Dr. Mottron has written several commentaries (Progress, Radical Change, Heterogeneity) on why we need "a radical change in our autism research strategy."
In a webinar, he makes his case and answers Spectrum's questions.
Many parents report a phenomenon of language regression at a young age in their autistic child. That is, their child had started their language development, but with the onset of autistic symptoms, the child lost the use of previously acquired language. This phenomenon is generally considered to be a sign of a poor language prognosis, without there being any solid evidence on the subject.
This study shows that autistic people who have experienced language regression have the same language prognosis as other autistic people. Their development process is however atypical and marked by a language plateau, followed by catching up in language level.
Our point of view on the question of diagnosis!
- Autism, the construction of an epidemic, Transcription, OCT-OPUS training
- Reflection on the cliche: Autism is heterogeneous, Fous de Normandie
- The heterogeneity of autism in 2020: nature, or culture? General public conference Strasbourg
Launch of our YouTube channel "Sur le Spectre".
You can watch the first video uploaded.
Autistic people in research: decreasing differences?
What are the preferred interests and repetitive behaviors autistic children?
We are looking for PARENTS with an autistic child, PROFESSIONALS working with autistic children and AUTISTIC ADULTS in order to participate in a study!
PARENTS of children aged 2 to 6 - For more information or to participate now, click here!
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AUTISTIC ADULTS - For more information or to participate now, click here!
Laurent Mottron and Danilo Bzdok co-author an article in Molecular Psychiatry, on heterogeneity in autism.
Congratulations to Dr. Laurent Mottron, who became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, which recognised his contributions and the quality of his research.