Vanderbilt Kennedy Center News Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Early behavioral intervention — often delivered by parents — appears to improve outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Studies show, however, that the parents are experiencing high levels of psychological stress. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), which can reduce stress and improve sleep, health and life satisfaction, may be useful for parents of children with ASD.

Reducing stress in parents of children with autism

Last Updated: 4/30/2020 11:33:47 AM

Protein interactions and brain function

Protein interactions and brain function

Last Updated: 2/21/2020 11:11:40 AM

Educate to Advocate 2020

Last Updated: 1/21/2020 3:47:49 PM

<p><strong>(January - July at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center)</strong></p> <p>This free exhibit features photographs of Tennesseans with disabilities and their families who are using their voices to vote, to educate legislators and policymakers, and to stand up for their own rights and for the rights of others. </p><p>The advocates shared their civic engagement stories with Vanderbilt graduate students as part of the <a href=" https://vkc.vumc.org/kindredstories/ "> TN Kindred Stories of Disability </a> project. The project produces topical booklets that are shared with elected officials each year to educate them about disability issues. In 2019, participants engaged in photo sessions with photographer and parent advocate Jen Vogus, whose powerful images combine with the stories to amplify the voices of the advocates as they are taken to Capitol Hill. </p><p>Jen Vogus is the founder of <a href="https://www.jenvogus.com/able-voices"> AbleVoices</a>, a non-profit organization that teaches participants with disabilities to use photography as a tool for communication, advocacy, and empowerment. </p><p>Photographer Assistants: Bryant Welch, Ashley Shouse, Kyler Grissom, Sami Zinni, and Eric Wilson</p><p>Preparator: Lain York</p>

Kindred Stories: Civic Engagement and Disability

Last Updated: 1/10/2020 4:19:11 PM

Proteins that move electrically charged ions of sodium, potassium and chloride across the cell membrane are vital for the control of cell volume — the amount of water inside the cell and regulation of intracellular chloride.

Blueprint for treating epilepsy

Last Updated: 11/15/2019 10:09:15 AM

Sleep experts and chronobiologists advocate eliminating outdated policy.

Daylight Savings Time: Bad for the brain?

Last Updated: 11/8/2019 11:05:49 AM

Mutations in a subunit of a receptor that binds the major inhibitory neurotransmitter GABAA in the brain have been linked, through a common mechanism, to epilepsy, autism and intellectual disability, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and colleagues report.

Team discovers one more piece to the autism puzzle

Last Updated: 10/4/2019 3:39:19 PM

<p>(October - December at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center)</p> <p>Sponsored by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, this free annual exhibit features works of art in a variety of media by artists with a wide range of abilities/disabilities and ages on the theme of “Art is for All.”</p>

Creative Expressions XXV

Last Updated: 9/20/2019 9:44:56 AM

Preschoolers are capable of learning more complicated math concepts than most parents realize, according to a new Vanderbilt study. What’s more, these concepts can be easily introduced through simple games and tasks at home.

Preschoolers can do more math than you think

Last Updated: 8/19/2019 10:19:02 AM

An accurate diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is possible when a child is 18 months old, but the average age of diagnosis and initial intervention remains above 4 years. Many community providers and the families they serve lack a clear pathway for accessing diagnostic services and knowledge of available resources, delaying care that could improve developmental outcomes.

System set to help coordinate autism care

Last Updated: 8/16/2019 9:30:08 AM

VIDEO: TN Inclusive Higher Education Programs

Last Updated: 8/1/2019 10:37:07 AM

Signaling by the neurotransmitter dopamine is a critical regulator of movement, attention and reward. Disrupted dopamine signaling has been implicated in brain disorders including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Defective transporter linked to autism

Last Updated: 7/26/2019 11:49:34 AM

Detecting and treating schizophrenia early, perhaps even before symptoms arise, could lead to better therapeutic outcomes. Studies have demonstrated differences in social function and cognition among people who later develop symptoms of schizophrenia, but less is known about pre-morbid temperament and personality.

Early detection of schizophrenia

Last Updated: 7/1/2019 9:58:15 AM

<p>(July - September at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center)</p> <p>This free exhibit features original work and reproductions of art by and about Tennesseans with disabilities that are featured in the annual arts issue of <em>Breaking Ground</em> magazine of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities. </p>

Breaking Ground III at the VKC

Last Updated: 6/13/2019 2:15:39 PM