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 Denise MannHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) — Pregnant women who live in smog-filled areas may be twice as likely to have children with autism, a new study suggests. “The study does not prove that pollution increases risk for autism. It found an association,” cautioned lead author Andrea Roberts, a research associate at the [...]
A new brain-imaging study could help explain why children with autism have difficulty with verbal communication: They may not get much pleasure from the human voice. Researchers found that those with the disorder showed weaker connections between the brain’s voice-processing areas and its “reward” centers compared to those without.
By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) — Black and Hispanic children with autism are markedly less likely than children from white families to receive specialty care for complications tied to the disorder, a new study finds. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston found that the rates at which minority children accessed [...]
By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) — Almost 30 percent of young children with autism also show signs of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a rate that’s three times higher than it is in the general population, a new study shows. “We don’t know the cause for ADHD in most cases. We don’t know the [...]
Smelling essential oils, walking across textured surfaces, immersing hands in warm water — these are just some of the therapeutic experiences that boys with autism had while participating in a small new study.