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May 15, 2014

Using noninvasive brain scans, UCLA researchers showed how the brains of children with autism overreact when presented with competing sensory stimuli - in this case the touch of scratchy wool combined with loud traffic noises. They presented their findings this week at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), in Atlanta.

Study of infant brain activity in families affected by autism finds signs of “miswiring” that may help identify babies at highest risk
May 15, 2014

Harvard researchers studying babies in families affected by autism say they’ve found two distinctive types of electroencephalogram (EEG) readings that, together, may pinpoint which of these infants are at the highest risk of developing the disorder. They are presenting their findings this week at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), in Atlanta.

Researchers say greater focus on repetitive behaviors may help identify babies and toddlers who will benefit from early intervention
May 15, 2014

A greater focus on very early repetitive behaviors may help identify more babies and toddlers who would benefit from early intervention for autism, a new study suggests.

Rates of regressive autism also appear elevated among Hispanics; researcher urges further study to understand why
May 06, 2014

 

Reports of regressive autism – in which young children lose early language and social skills – are twice as common for African American children as for white children, according to new research. The same study found reports of regression 50 percent higher for Hispanic children than for whites.