A new study shows that infants who go on to develop autism take longer to shift their gaze between images than do infants who develop normally. The investigators detected the delay in 7-month-old babies and linked it to differences in a part of the brain associated with visual processing.
Many younger sibs of children with autism have symptoms and delays that fall short of ASD but warrant early intervention
Some children diagnosed with autism in early childhood reach “optimal outcomes” with levels of function similar to their typical peers. The findings appear today in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
(Nov 1, 2012) Today, the journal Pediatrics published a special supplement on the health and medical treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
In partnership with SAGE Labs, Autism Speaks is developing new genetic rat models for studying autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The models will become important new tools for investigating the causes and treatment of autism.
Mothers who recalled having a fever during pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with autism as were mothers who did not recall such fevers, according to newly published research. However, those mothers who reported taking medication to reduce their fevers did not show this increased risk.