Autism: Searching for the Light
Parents of autistic children must often weave their way through a long and complex maze to get their children the help they need.
Anne Jones had a 5-year-old son, a teaching credential and a master’s degree in education by the time her second child, a girl, was born. But neither her maternal wisdom nor her professional experience prepared her for the journey ahead.
From the beginning, the differences in her children’s development were glaring. Her son had been precocious and quick. Her daughter struggled with language and had trouble making eye contact. A pediatrician raised the possibility of autism.
Subtleties in Doc Talk Can Be Bad Medicine
A physician’s communication skills can have significant effect on a patient’s health.
If your last visit to the doctor left you irked, dissatisfied or discouraged, the reason may lie less in what the physician said than in how he or she said it.
Research by UCR psychologists suggests that a physician’s ability – or lack thereof – to communicate warmth, compassion and support may help determine the success or failure of the recommended treatment. The physician’s behavior and manner may help explain why some patients follow their doctors’ orders while some do not, and which physicians are more likely to be sued for malpractice.
A Concerted Effort to Survive
Male crickets were being attacked by a lethal parasite. Soon, a mutation spread throughout the population that rendered the crickets silent, providing UCR researchers with important information about evolution.
Deep in the Hawaiian island of Kauai, a page-turner of a mystery is unfolding. It has all the seedy elements—sex, murder, manipulation and survival.
While most residents are unaware of the ongoing drama, UCR’s Marlene Zuk, an evolutionary biologist, is on the case.
Words and Birds
UCR alumna Rebecca O’Connor makes a career out of her two passions – writing and birds.
“Security breach. Security breach.”
UCR alumna Rebecca O’Connor waits for Ty, her 13-year-old African grey parrot, to respond.
Ty ducks his head and imitates the sound of a ringing telephone.
Not the desired response.