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autism spectrum disorder

“When I physically discipline my 6-year-old son [who has autism], he starts to hit himself. Should I use physical discipline? Do I just let him hit himself?”

This week’s “Got Questions?” answer comes from psychiatrist Jessica Hellings, MD, and psychologist Andrea Witwer, PhD, program directors at Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center, which is part of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.

“I read about BrainNet and your new push to increase postmortem brain donations. Why? What has brain tissue research done for the autism community?”

This week’s “Got Questions?” response is from Autism Speaks Senior Director for Environmental and Clinical Sciences Alycia Halladay.

Posted by Alycia Halladay, PhD, Autism Speaks senior director of environmental and clinical sciences

Over more than thirty years of autism research, one finding has stood out in its consistency: Boys are at least four times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

This week’s “Got Questions?” answer comes from Christopher McDougle, MD, director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Lurie Center for Autism, a member of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.