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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

  • Holidays Can Be Sensory Overload for Kids With Autism

    SUNDAY, Nov. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The holidays can be a challenge for families of children with autism because sensory overload can trigger major meltdowns, an expert says. “Holidays with family can be dicey under the best of circumstances, but when you have children with special needs, some care must be taken,” Varleisha Gibbs, an [...]

  • Minority Kids May Be Missed in Autism Diagnoses: Study

    MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Black and Hispanic students are less likely to be identified as having autism than white students, a new study reveals. Researchers analyzed autism identification rates at schools across the United States between 2000 and 2007. These rates reflect how many students have been identified by schools — not necessarily [...]

  • Better Detection, Diagnosis Major Factors Behind Rise in Autism Cases: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder is largely the result of changes in how the condition is reported, Danish researchers contend. At least in Denmark, the researchers say, most of the increase — 60 percent — can be [...]

  • Discovery of 100-Plus Genes Tied to Autism May Improve Treatments

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than 100 genes have been identified that appear linked to autism spectrum disorders, two new studies report. And researchers say they are on their way to discovering up to 1,000 genes overall that may contribute to the disorder. Autism spectrum disorders include a range of developmental [...]

  • More Clues to Spotting Autism in Siblings of Those With Disorder

    TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Brothers and sisters of children with autism can show signs of the disorder as early as 18 months of age, a new study says. About 20 percent of younger siblings of children with autism will be diagnosed with autism by age 3, the Yale University researchers said. Their study included [...]

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