A new report implicates a growing number of industrial chemicals as contributing to autism and other disorders of brain development. The authors call for a global strategy to reduce exposure.
Harvard researchers estimate that the added costs of autism-related healthcare and education average more than $17,000 per child per year in the United States. The figure represents expenses above those for a child without autism spectrum disorder (ASD). On a national level, the researchers estimated that these additional costs exceeded $11.5 billion in 2011.
A small study suggests that the brains of children with autism generate more information when at rest than do the brains of other children. The researchers say that this excess production of information may explain the withdrawal into an “inner world” seen in many individuals with autism.
In this month’s “Autism Matters” podcast, autism researcher Judith Gould and autism self-advocate and author Robyn Steward discuss issues surrounding women with autism, from current research to safety issues, as well as potential differences between men and women on the spectrum.
A study funded in part by Autism Speaks suggests that job activities that encourage independence reduce disabling autism symptoms and increase daily living skills. The report appears in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Flagstaff, Ariz., Police say 24-year-old Stephen Leroy Cox has been found and is "OK." Cox has Asperger Syndrome and went missing Wednesday evening.