February 2016
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How To  


Using a Child's Restricted Interests to Increase Social Inclusion
It is possible to use something often considered a negative—a restricted interest—to increase the social inclusion of a child with ASD. This month’s How To provides suggestions and ideas for how to do that. 

Research Review   

Evaluating a Social-Communication and Engagement Intervention
In 2013, OAR funded a one-year study of the Advancing Social-Communication and Play intervention, which aims to improve the social-communication and engagement skills of elementary school-age children who are severely affected by ASD. The results of the study are in.



The Importance of Peers in Inclusive Education for Individuals with ASD
OAR Scientific Council member and psychologist Jonathan Campbell discusses inclusion and its importance
to individuals with ASD and their family members, its place in the educational
system, and what works.

Resource Spotlight   

Kit for Kids Educates K-8 Students about Autism
The free Kit for Kids program is a great back-to-school resource for teaching elementary and middle school students about their peers with autism.

OAR News

OAR Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipients

OAR takes great pleasure in announcing the 38 recipients of the Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarships and Schwallie Family Scholarships for 2016.

Calling Volunteers of All Ages

OAR is recruiting volunteers interested in supporting its ongoing initiatives, including peer education, newsletter and blog writing, and community resource distribution.

Welcoming Back an OAR Staff Member
It’s not often that an employee leaves a job and then returns, but that’s exactly what Sean Flynn, OAR’s new manager of endurance fundraising, did.

In Memoriam: Suzanne Wright

OAR mourns the loss of Suzanne Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks.

Community News

UHC Expands Insurance Coverage to Include ABA Treatment

The nation’s leading health care provider plans to insure coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Pokémon GO Becomes More Than a Game for People with Autism
This summer, the mobile app Pokémon GO has become an international sensation. It is also causing a sensation in the autism community because of the possible benefits for people with autism.

Upcoming Events

October 30: RUN FOR AUTISM - MCM and MCM 10K (Washington, DC)


November 16-18: OCALICON 2016 (Columbus, OH)


November 20: RUN FOR AUTISM Philly Marathon and Half (Philadelphia, PA)


January 15: RUN FOR AUTISM Houston Marathon and Half (Houston, TX)


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Funds raised go directly to the identification of research priorities and the funding of applied research grants that will help individuals and families today. Donations are fully tax-deductible.
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