Category Archives: Autism

Adults with autism at higher risk of sexual victimization: York University study

Adults with autism are at a higher risk of sexual victimization than adults without, due to lack of sex education, but with improved interventions that focus on sexual knowledge and skill building, the risk could be reduced, according to a … Continue reading

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For children with autism, wandering poses perilous situations

The mother of a 5-year-old boy with autism recalled a frightening experience at an amusement park. “We were going into the arcade, and he was right beside me,” Noreen said. “I look down,” she remembered, “and he is gone.” Relying … Continue reading

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In children with autism, blood-oxytocin levels are in normal range

Autism does not appear to be solely caused by a deficiency of oxytocin, but the hormone’s universal ability to boost social function may prove useful in treating a subset of children with the developmental disorder, according to new findings from … Continue reading

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Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Now in paperback and Kindle. A veteran clinical psychologist exposes why doctors, teachers, and parents incorrectly diagnose healthy American children with serious psychiatric … Continue reading

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Autistic brain less flexible at taking on tasks, Stanford study shows

The brains of children with autism are relatively inflexible at switching from rest to task performance, according to a new brain-imaging study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. Instead of changing to accommodate a job, connectivity in key brain … Continue reading

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Later autism symptoms linked to low levels of initiating joint attention in high-risk siblings

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 24, 2014) — Some babies are at risk for autism because they have an older sibling that has the disorder. To find new ways to detect Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) earlier in life, researchers are exploring … Continue reading

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Mothers of children with autism benefit from peer-led intervention

Peer-led interventions that target parental well-being can significantly reduce stress, depression and anxiety in mothers of children with disabilities, according to new findings released today in the journal Pediatrics. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from Vanderbilt University examined two treatment … Continue reading

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Limited Motor Skills In Early Infancy May Be Trait of Autism

BALTIMORE, Md. (June 17, 2014) – Researchers from Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md., announced findings that provide evidence for reduced grasping and fine motor activity among six-month-old infants with an increased familial risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The … Continue reading

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Lifetime costs for autism spectrum disorder may reach $2.4 million per patient

Newswise — (PHILADELPHIA) – Costs for a lifetime of support for each individual with autism spectrum disorder may reach $2.4 million, according to a new study from researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and … Continue reading

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Children with autism have elevated levels of steroid hormones in the womb

Children who later develop autism are exposed to elevated levels of steroid hormones (for example testosterone, progesterone and cortisol) in the womb, according to scientists from the University of Cambridge and the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. The finding … Continue reading

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New autism study points to environmental causes in some cases

May 29, 2014—(BRONX, NY)—Research by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University may help explain how some cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can result from environmental influences rather than gene mutations. The findings, published online today … Continue reading

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How 31 mothers are ‘recovering their children from autism’

NEW YORK-(BUSINESS WIRE)-Already the Best-Selling Special Needs Publication on Amazon Kindle, Evolution of a Revolution: From Hope to Healing describes the groundbreaking personal stories of 31 mothers healing their children’s medical and behavioral symptoms of Autism and other developmental disabilities. … Continue reading

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Crucial decisions often taken with poor guidance

People who have limited mental capacity need better help with making decisions according to a clinical psychologist at Lancaster University. Dr Stephen Weatherhead says the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act by health and social care professionals is often inadequate. … Continue reading

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