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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.

Autism News

  • Animals May Ease Social Anxiety in Children With Autism

    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Being around animals may help reduce social anxiety in children with autism, new research suggests. The findings could lead to new treatment approaches that use pets such as dogs, cats and guinea pigs to help children with autism improve their social skills and interactions with other people, the researchers [...]

  • Learning Daily Skills Prepares Kids With Autism for Adult Life

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Adults with autism have a better chance of finding and keeping a job if they can effectively perform basic daily tasks, such as bathing, brushing their teeth, cleaning and preparing meals, new research reveals. Investigators found that having strong self-care skills appears to be a more [...]

  • Adults With Autism Fare Poorly in Job Interviews, Study Finds

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — “High-functioning” adults with autism may face significant communication challenges that could make landing a job difficult, new research from Canada suggests. The finding is based on an audio-analysis that examined the conversational skills of the adults as they embarked on a series of job interviews. “Our work [...]

  • Adults With Autism Fare Poorly in Job Interviews, Study Finds

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — “High-functioning” adults with autism may face significant communication challenges that could make landing a job difficult, new research from Canada suggests. The finding is based on an audio-analysis that examined the conversational skills of the adults as they embarked on a series of job interviews. “Our work [...]

  • Common Sports, Hobbies Often Popular Among People With Autism

    WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The stereotype of a person with autism often includes a “hobby” focusing on a highly specialized, obsessive activity. But a new study finds that — just as in typically developed people — people with autism often love sports, books or just watching TV. “Adults with an autism spectrum disorder [...]

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