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Drug to halt autism after epilepsy

Researchers have detected why young children who have seizures go on to develop autism and have suggested that an existing drug may halt this pattern.

A team at Boston Children’s Hospital in the US has found that seizures over-activate a biochemical pathway previously linked to autism. Known as the mTOR pathway, it alters the fast-forming circuitry in infants’ developing brains.

The researchers used a rat model to show that early seizures not only resulted in epilepsy later in life, but often went on to produce autistic-like behaviours in children. Around 40 per cent of people with autism also have epilepsy.

The study found that disabling the brain’s mTOR pathway by administering the drug rapamycin before and after seizures prevented the development of abnormal patterns of connections (synapses) between brain cells. This reduced seizures in later life and may prevent autism from developing in children. The drug has already been shown to be safe in children.

The study found that the MTOR pathway increased in activation after a seizure, boosting signaling in the brain beyond levels that normally occur early in life. This disrupted the balance of synapse and circuit development, leading to epilepsy and altered social behaviour.

Frances Jensen, Professor of Neurology and the research team leader, said: “In children, there is overlap between epilepsy and autism and epilepsy early in life has been linked to later autism.”

She added: “Our findings show one of many pathways that are involved in this overlap – importantly, one that is already a therapeutic target and where treatment can reverse the later outcome.”

The mTOR pathway has already been known to be over-active in tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a genetic disorder that often includes epilepsy and autism. Boston Children’s Hospital is currently conducting a clinical trial of rapamycin in children with TSC.

Jensen explained: “Our study suggests that even without tuberous sclerosis, seizures are inducing the mTOR pathway and might on their own be contributing to the development of autism.”

She said that blocking the mTOR pathway briefly after the initial seizures may reduce the risk of later epilepsy and autism.

The professor pointed to the way seizures and autism can interact in a child’s early development and said: “This research also suggests that the fields of epilepsy and autism may inform each other about new treatment targets.”


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Education confirmed to age 25

Children with autism in the UK will now have a legal right to educational support until the age of 25 in what is being described as the biggest reform of the special educational needs (SEN) system for 30 years.

The government’s commitment to extend the legal entitlement for all young disabled people has been outlined in the Queen’s Speech and confirms the creation of an education, health and care plan from birth to 25.

The current situation finds many disabled young people having their support cut off at 16, with statements of special educational needs often ceasing and families given no legal redress.

The proposals form part of the new Children and Families Bill, to be launched in early 2013. It is expected to provide ‘statutory protections comparable to those currently associated with a statement of SEN’.

The new measures also involve changes to the family justice system, a move that could impact positively on the lives of people with SEN and their families.

For young people with autism it will mean greater access to education and training for jobs.

Three in four young people with autism currently end up at home with nothing to do, or are in long-term residential care. This is due to the lack of appropriate educational support beyond school, according to Ambitious about Autism, the parent-led charity that campaigned hard for proposals in the Bill.

The charity saw its Finished at School campaign being backed by 23 national organizations, 80 parliamentarians and over 3,000 individual supporters.

Mark Atkinson, director of communication, policy and research at Ambitious about Autism, is upbeat. He said: “The reform has the potential to revolutionise the life chances of tens of thousands of young people with autism who are currently denied access to any educational opportunities beyond school.”

He indicated that the charity’s campaign work would go on: “We will be campaigning hard with our partners to ensure the ‘comparable’ statutory protections are clear, robust and apply to all young people who need them.”

The Bill was previewed in the Department for Education’s Green Paper on SEN in March 2011, when it outlined the single assessment process for children with disabilities and SEN. This is expected to lead to a combined education, health and care plan that will cover the young person’s support until the age of 25.

Families have been promised greater control over the choice of support for their child and will be given access to personal budgets to support them. Meanwhile, local education authorities are to be made more accountable for SEN provision and will be required to be more transparent, publishing all the local offers of support available to children with SEN in their locality.

Changes are also being made to the legal system, which will involve making parents consider mediation instead of litigation when in dispute with local authorities or schools. There will be a requirement on parents to attend mediation meetings ahead of any court proceedings.


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Welcome return of Autism Show

Around 4,000 visitors are expected at this year’s Autism Show, which will feature exhibitors offering advice about schools, support services, therapies, teaching aids, sensory equipment and furniture.

The event takes place on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June at London’s ExCel exhibition centre. Autism Eye magazine will be on Stand E10, against the right-hand wall as you enter the show, where we will be giving away copies of our bumper June issue. There will also be a special 25 per cent discount for new subscribers at the event.

A range of professionals, including speech and language therapists, certified behaviour analysts, solicitors, occupational therapists, educational psychologists and welfare rights advisors will be on hand to offer personal advice in the 1-2-1 Clinics.

These free consultations will last for 30 or 40 minutes and can be booked on the day you attend the show on a first-come, first-served basis.

One of the key attractions of the show will be the presentations in the Autism Matters Theatre.

Autism Eye has organized one of these. It will feature Professor Ricky Richardson, senior consultant paediatrician at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, and Dimitrios Mylonadis, head of Hopscotch Children’s Therapy Centre in Harley Street and a world-renowned sensory integration expert. They will speak on the way forward for multi-disciplinary assessment and sensory integration therapy. The talk takes place at 12.00 on Friday.

Other presentations will include Carol Povey, director of the National Autistic Society, reflecting on the policy, practice and scientific initiatives that have taken place over the past year.

Individuals with autism will be presenting several sessions. On Saturday at 3pm, Simon Smith and his mother Kim will talk about his experiences of being autistic and how it affects his everyday life.

Following its success last year, the Autistic Rights Movement will again provide speakers for the Autism Talks open-plan theatre in the centre of the hall. Individuals on the spectrum will describe what it means to live with autism, providing a valuable insight for everyone in the autism community.

The climax of the event will be a presentation on Saturday at 3.4pm by Ari Ne’eman, who advises President Obama and the American Congress on disability policy issues. He is the founding president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and is himself on the spectrum. His talk addresses the theme of Autism, Ethics and the Future of Human Rights.

Parents visiting with their children can make use of the quiet and sensory rooms made available by Mike Ayres Design. This year, Rompa will create another sensory feature, an ‘Inside Out’ area that explores the senses through visual, tactile, aromatic and audio delights.

Details of all the presentations can be found on the Autism Show’s website: http://www.autismshow.co.uk/

Directions to the venue can be downloaded from the ExCel website: www.excel-london.co.uk/visitors/travel

Austism Eye has 25 tickets to give away to the Autism Show event. Tickets normally cost £10 from the Autism Show’s website or £15 at the door. There is no charge for children under 16 when accompanied by an adult. Once inside all the events are free.

If you would like to win one of our tickets, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with Tickets in the subject line. Applicants will be entered into a raffle.


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