Communication problems have always been considered a core feature of autism. Yet there are substantial and wide-ranging differences in how people with autism communicate.
People on the spectrum often have subtle problems using language or making facial expressions. Pinpointing where those difficulties originate may help ease their social communication.
Children with autism are more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic medications earlier and for longer periods than are their typical peers.
A diagnosis of social communication disorder only keeps people from a community and resources they desperately want and need.
By the time Ann Marie Owen turned to marijuana to treat her pain, she was struggling to walk and talk. She also hallucinated.
Boosting the activity of a class of neurons that dampen brain signals eases social problems in a mouse model of autism.
A checklist for fragile X syndrome could help identify people with the condition in low-resource settings, France unveils a plan for early diagnosis and education of children with autism, and virally inserted ‘bar codes’ help track individual neurons.
Some genes associated with autism may influence the thickness of the cerebral cortex, the brain’s outer layer.
Girls with autism may have less severe restricted and repetitive behaviors than do boys on the spectrum.
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