As the UK and the rest of the World acknowledge World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) on April 2nd 2011, Research Autism highlights the urgent need for more scientific research into autism interventions. Research Autism takes pride in working closely with the autism research community and where possible involves individuals with autism in their work. They have been supporting scientific research into autism interventions since their inception in 2003.
They are currently working on a number of ground breaking research projects which include: the Snuggledown Project; sleep disturbance is often cited as having the greatest impact on the wellbeing of children with autism, as well as on the welfare of their families. It is therefore enormously valuable to conduct a clinical trial of the effectiveness of sensory weighted blankets in children with autism. This study involves two participating centres in London and Oxford with children aged 5 to 15 years. The project is due to complete in 2012. The second is a research project examining Self-Injurious Behaviour and autism. This 3 year project is a Research Autism bursary awarded to Birmingham University. The project is examining the precursors of self-injurious behaviours in autism, hoping to make a real difference to this distressing and hazardous condition.
Deepa Korea, Chief Executive of Research Autism said:
"Research Autism is the only UK charity that is solely focused on improving the quality of life of those with autism; through the origination and funding of research into interventional treatments and therapies. Our website www.researchautism.net holds a wealth of impartial information, which is referred to by families, those with autism and health professionals across the UK and the rest of the world.
There are many so-called autism treatments out there, many of which have not been scientifically researched and are often costly and ineffective. We want to provide independent evaluations of autism interventions based on scientific fact, not on anecdotes. We believe scientific research into autism interventions can help make a real difference to improving the quality of life for the 500,000 or so people affected by autism in the UK."
Bernard Fleming, Information Manager, Tel. 020 3490 3091, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Autism is the only UK charity dedicated to the production of quality, trusted information on autism treatments and other approaches. Its Information Centre is informed by world experts and accredited by the NHS Information Standard, an independent kite-mark of reliability and quality. It guides people through the minefield of interventions on offer, allowing them to make informed decisions based on impartial, factual information, including risks and hazards. Its research programme is derived from the priorities of autistic people and families and addresses areas that affect everyday life.