Researchers study families affected by autism and associated disorders; findings could guide development of personalized treatments
October 31, 2013
Lorenzo Miodus-Santini, now 11, was never a big talker. As an infant he didn't babble or coo. When he began to speak as a toddler, he’d learn one word but forget another. At 13 months, he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Lorenzo’s older brother, Christian, doesn’t have autism but likewise struggles with language. Christian has difficulty reading, processing spoken words and speaking clearly. Doctors gave him the diagnosis of specific language impairment.