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Diagnosis

New Findings

Recurrence Rate in Siblings (August 2011)

On August 15th, the BSRC published a paper in Pediatrics which reexamined the recurrence rate of autism in high risk families. It found that in families with one or more children on the autism spectrum, the chances that a baby sibling will develop autism are around 1 in 5, more than double previous estimates of 1 in 10 to 1 in 30. The rate was much higher among younger brothers (1 in 4) than among younger sisters (1 in 9).

Strategic Plan

Autism Speaks is dedicated to facilitating global research into the causes, treatments and prevention of autism by:

•  Promoting cross-disciplinary cooperation
•  Funding research
•  Organizing research summit meetings
•  Establishing standards for data collection and management to benefit the scientific community

Video Glossary

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Treatment section of the ASD Video Glossary. The treatments presented here include some of the more commonly used interventions for children on the autism spectrum: behavioral interventions, developmental interventions, structured teaching and supports, clinical therapies, and toddler treatment models. We have chosen to focus on treatments that can be represented and understood in video format.

Developmental Milestones by Age

Milestones enable parents and physicians to monitor a baby's learning, behavior, and development. While each child develops differently, some differences may indicate a slight delay and others may be a cause for greater concern. The following milestones provide important guidelines for tracking healthy development from four months to three years of age.