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 Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism can benefit from a type of therapy that helps them become more comfortable with the sounds, sights and sensations of their daily surroundings, a small new study suggests. The therapy is called sensory integration. It uses play to help these kids feel more [...]
MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Children of mothers who take a widely used class of antidepressants during pregnancy are not at increased risk for autism, a large new study finds. Autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects communication and social skills, is estimated to affect about one in 88 children in the United States. Previous research [...]
People with autism are more likely to have a condition called synesthesia — a “mixing of the senses” — a small new study finds. For example, people may see colors when they hear sounds, or notice different tastes when they hear musical notes.
By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Two research teams say they have pinpointed how changes in genes linked to autism act together to disrupt normal brain development. Their studies, published Nov. 21 in the journal Cell, represent a leap forward in understanding the complex condition, said an expert who was not [...]
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Neurons in the area of the brain responsible for face recognition respond differently in people with autism than in those without the disorder, a new, small study finds. Autism is a complex disorder of brain development that affects social interactions, communication skills and behaviors. For this study, published in the [...]