College Student Pioneering Autism Study

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Two new government studies indicate that one in 100 children have autism disorders.

Now, a psychology student at Marietta College is conducting a study of her own.

Heather Haught may just be a college junior, but she's working on a project that apparently has no previous research.

Haught is working along with psychology professor Alicia Doerflinger to better understand feeding habits of children with autism.

"We eat. That's what sustains life. Especially children with autism have such a hard time with some of those most basic needs, and so for us to not address food, for the science to be lacking in that area is a huge problem," Haught said.

Haught says data collected in this study could help with future treatments for children with autism.

Haught has received money from the college to help fund the study.

The first part of the study, which includes taste testing is complete, and now they are searching for participants for the second phase, which includes keeping a seven day food journal.

Autistic and typically developed children are welcome to participate.

If you'd like to participate or would like more information on the study, e-mail Haught at

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  • by Tiffany Location: Vienna on Oct 6, 2009 at 06:21 AM
    That is so neat, it sounds like food and diet have a lot to do with the condition. It's exciting when new information comes about. I think it is great that someone from our area is doing this and I wish them the best on finding new information that might help those with autism.
  • by David Location: Parkersburg on Oct 6, 2009 at 01:05 AM
    It's nice that something of this magnitude is being done in out area and it actua I LIKE TATER TOTS
  • by Nodairy Location: Parkersburg on Oct 5, 2009 at 08:59 PM
    My son didn't really speak until I started reading about special diets...I took dairy out of his diet he went from amybe 1 word to using 2-3 in a sentence in a short amount of time.
  • by Aunt S on Oct 5, 2009 at 05:09 PM
    My nephew is autistic and my sister has changed his diet in the last year and there has been such an improvement with him. He actually started speaking words.
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