People who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have problems communicating and interacting with others. Autism is one type of ASD. Autism symptoms often appear early, typically before age 3. Autism symptoms can include language delays; lack of eye contact; and repetitive or obsessive behavior, such as rocking or hand flapping. About 1 in 110 children in the U.S. has an ASD, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe.
By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism appear to approach play differently than typically developing children, a recent study contends. “Children with autism lack a social component to their play and don’t ‘adjust’ their play accordingly when another is involved,” said study co-author Blythe Corbett, an associate professor of psychiatry [...]
FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Parents of 1-year-olds who appear to be at risk for autism can take simple steps to help them improve, a new study says. Researchers identified 18 families with 1-year-old children with possible signs of autism. At this age, full-blown symptoms of autism are not yet evident, the researchers explained. Children [...]
By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than 10 percent of preschool-age children diagnosed with autism saw some improvement in their symptoms by age 6. And 20 percent of the children made some gains in everyday functioning, a new study found. Canadian researchers followed 421 children from diagnosis (between ages 2 and [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Siblings who share a diagnosis of autism often don’t share the same autism-linked genes, according to a new study. Researchers previously have identified more than 100 genetic mutations that can make a person more susceptible to an autism spectrum disorder, said senior author Dr. Stephen Scherer, [...]
THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A therapy involving “video feedback” — where parents watch videos of their interactions with their baby — might help prevent infants at risk for autism from developing the disorder, a new study suggests. The research involved 54 families of babies who were at increased risk for autism because they [...]