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Preemies at high risk of autism don't show typical signs in early infancy

Photo: Premature baby [06/07/2015] Premature babies are at an increased risk for developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD). But a small study indicates that preemies who avoid eye contact in early infancy are less likely to demonstrate symptoms of autism at age 2 than preemies who maintain eye contact during early interactions, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.Preemies at high risk of autism don't show typical signs in early infancy - Read more

Early intervention improves long-term outcomes for children with autism

Photo: A toddler takes part in early intervention activities [12/06/2015] Early intervention for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) helps improve their intellectual ability and reduces autism symptoms years after originally getting treatment, a new study shows.Early intervention improves long-term outcomes for children with autism - Read more

Smart watches and apps can make life easier for ADHD children

Photo: Boy using a smartphone [03/06/2015] SINTEF researchers are now investigating whether technologies such as digital calendars and smart watches can also help children with autism and/or ADHD in their daily lives. Last year they have tested a variety of systems with the help of three families, involving a total of four children.Smart watches and apps can make life easier for ADHD children - Read more

Animals' presence may ease social anxiety in kids with autism

Photo: Guinea pig on a child's lap [22/05/2015] When animals are present, children with autism have lower readings on a device that detects anxiety and other forms of social arousal when interacting with their peers. Companion animals – like dogs, cats or the guinea pigs in a new study – may prove to be a helpful addition to treatment programs designed to help children with ASDs improve their social skills and interactions with other people.Animals' presence may ease social anxiety in kids with autism - Read more

Facilitating trips to the dentist for children with autism

Photo: Boy at the dentist [13/05/2015] Going to the dentist might have just gotten a little less scary for the estimated 1 in 68 U.S. children with autism spectrum disorder as well as children with dental anxiety, due to new research from the University of Southern California (USC).Facilitating trips to the dentist for children with autism - Read more

One in 3 young adults with autism disconnected from work and school

Graphic with numbers [05/05/2015] Autism does not end when children reach adulthood – yet most public awareness, public policy and research about autism focus on the needs of children. Families, service providers, community leaders and policymakers still know too little about the experiences and outcomes of young people on the autism spectrum as they enter their adult lives.One in 3 young adults with autism disconnected from work and school - Read more

Violent video games not linked to aggression in adults with autism

Photo: Young man playing video game [20/04/2015] Following the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, some in the media and the public speculated a link existed between autism spectrum disorder and violence and, in particular, that violent video games may cause gamers with autism to act violently. Now, a study from the University of Missouri has found evidence to contradict this speculation.Violent video games not linked to aggression in adults with autism - Read more

Simple strategies lead to improvements in 1 year-olds at risk for autism

Photo: Child imitating mother's behavior [06/02/2015] A new study by University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill researchers finds that a collection of simple strategies used by parents can lead to significant improvements in one-year-olds at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).Simple strategies lead to improvements in 1 year-olds at risk for autism - Read more

Advanced 3-D facial imaging may aid in early detection of autism

Photo: Elderly woman with a young girl [19/01/2015] Early detection of autism in children is the key for treatments to be most effective and produce the best outcomes. Using advanced three-dimensional imaging and statistical analysis techniques, researchers at the University of Missouri have identified facial measurements in children with autism that may lead to a screening tool for young children and provide clues to its genetic causes.Advanced 3-D facial imaging may aid in early detection of autism - Read more

Pediatricians miss autism symptoms in brief checkups

Photo: Lead author and toddler [14/01/2015] As the rate of children with autism in the U.S. continues to grow, a new study published in top-ranked journal Pediatrics shows that medical professionals can't rely solely on their clinical judgment to detect autism risk.Pediatricians miss autism symptoms in brief checkups - Read more

 
 

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