Autism Spectrum DisordersInfo Center
Motor Skills Key for Infant Head Start
The first few years of life are filled with constant discoveries and learning experiences, giving us much of what we will use for the rest of our lives.
Autistic Teens Rely on School for Help
High school kids who are struggling with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have plenty of challenges to face, including controlling their own behavior, development and learning difficulties, and impaired social skills.
Autism Among Siblings Much Higher than Thought
Autism runs in families. This understanding has been known in the medical field for some time. But the chances of an autism diagnosis among siblings are much higher than doctors previously estimated.
ADHD and Autism Sometimes Linked
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder ( ASD ) have long mystified scientists. It turns out these conditions may actually overlap.
Identifying Autism Earlier
The causes of autism are still not understood, and up until now diagnoses of autistic children have been made based on behavioral symptoms. This meant a diagnosis was only made after age three or four.
New Drug Could Help Children with Autism
Children and young adults with autism often have difficulty communicating and interacting with others. So far, there have been no medications to treat it.
Antidepressants Linked to Autism?
Taking antidepressant during the first three months of pregnancy could pose an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder for newborns. According to autism experts, women who take antidepressants should seek advice from their doctor or therapist.
Autism Risk Not Just Genetic
Although the risk of autism is partly inherited, environmental factors play a major role, according to a new study.
In an interesting twist, researchers discovered about a decade ago that many of the brain patterns seen in epilepsy are also seen in children with autism.
A Failure to Communicate
Usually, the hemispheres of a child’s developing brain quickly learn to “sync” with one another. In the autistic brain, that ability is much weaker, according to a recent study.