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A review of recent studies confirms the benefit of five types of behavioral therapies for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The authors reviewed scientific reports published since January 2010 and found that a wide range of behavioral interventions improved outcomes of people with ASD. Such scientific confirmation is crucial for securing health insurance coverage for bona fide ASD treatments.
Autism Speaks and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) are co-organizing a meeting of leading experts to explore the best ways to harness data modeling technology in the search for environmental contributors to autism.
Autism Speaks proudly shares the news that the American Public Health Association has bestowed the Rema Lapouse Award for exemplary work in psychiatric epidemiology to Ezra Susser, MD, DrPH.
New research reveals that children with autism have an overabundance of nerve cells in a brain region involved in social, emotional, communication and reasoning skills. The finding furthers understanding of the differences in brain “wiring” that give rise to autism’s core symptoms.
What causes autism? Not long ago, the answer to this question would have been “we have no idea.” But these are exciting times in autism research. Scientists have discovered scores of genes implicated in autism risk. They are deciphering how these genes control crucial activities within and between brain cells.
In recent years, scientists have identified rare genetic mutations that in and of themselves can produce autism. They have likewise found a large number of genetic changes that increase the risk that a child will develop this disorder. However, fewer than 20 percent of those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) harbor identifiable gene defects directly related to the disease.