Support For Teens With Autism: How to Choose the Right Help for Your Family’s Needs

According to a recent article by Science Daily, new research suggests that exposure to diagnostic ultrasound in the first trimester of pregnancy may be linked to increased autism severity. The study was conducted by researchers at UW Medicine, UW Bothell and Seattle Children’s Research Institute. The study was published September 1st in Autism Research and studied the variability of symptoms among kids with autism, not what causes autism. The results express the importance of parents seeking help for an autistic teen.

The Results of the Research

What the study found is that the greatest link to diagnostic ultrasound and increased autism symptom severity is among kids with certain genetic variations associated with autism; 7 percent of the children in the study had those variations. 

In the original journal the article cites, the results are broken down into tables.

Table 1 explains that for all participants with autism, exposure to 1st trimester ultrasound compared to those with no exposure was related to lower observed social affective symptoms, these rates were 11.3 (no exposure) and 11 (exposure. But greater parent reported restrictive and repetitive behaviors, these rates were 6.4 (no exposure) and 6.6 (exposure). 

Table 2 explains that for all participants with ASD, exposure to 1st trimester ultrasound compared to those with no exposure was related to statistically significantly lower Nonverbal IQ, these rates were 87.7 (no exposure) and 76.8 (exposure).

These researchers hope to find ways to provide a better understanding and help for an autistic teen. Lead author Sara Webb, UW Medicine researcher is psychiatry and behavioral sciences states:

“There has been a real struggle in why there are so many kids with autism. Where does this disorder develop from? How do kids get autism? And the second question is why are kids with autism so different from each other? This study really looks at the second question. Within kids with autism, what are some of the factors that may result in a child having a good outcome or higher IQ or better language or less severity versus a child who maybe takes more of a hit and continues to struggle throughout their lifespan?” 

Autism is a complex disorder, varying from person to person, and therefore requires an individualistic approach to matters. 

A Need for Support and Help with Autism

With the lack of understanding on autism, there is an essential need of support with autism and help for an autistic teen. Researchers hope that this current research can provide parents with a better understanding of what to avoid during pregnancy, and how to provide better help for an autistic teen. Being a mother of two, Webb states that if she had known what she knows now from this research, she would not have an ultrasound in the first trimester unless there is a medical necessity. 

If you need help for an autistic teen, there are programs available that can help. Some of the best programs combine traditional therapies with adventure therapy and other opportunities for teens to learn social skills and develop more confidence, sometimes in a residential setting.

 Seven Stars Can Help

Seven Stars is an adventure therapy program for 13 to 18-year-old teens. Our students commonly deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and other behavioral challenges.

Call us today at (844) 601-1167 for more information on our adventure therapy program and how we can help.