Autism News

Kids with Autism Inactive, Yet Similar Fitness Levels to Peers

September 29th, 2014
New research discovers that children with autism are more sedentary and inactive than their developing peers. Oregon State University investigators found that children with autism averaged 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day of ...

Autism Linked to Low Iron Intake in Pregnancy

September 28th, 2014
Mothers of children with autism are far less likely to have taken iron supplements before and during their pregnancies than mothers of typically developing children, according to researcers.. The research is the first to examine the relationship between maternal iron intake and having a child ...

Pregnancy Timing May Influence Risk of Autism

September 25th, 2014
New research suggests the spacing of pregnancies may play a factor in the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Investigators discovered children who were conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of their prior sibling were ...

Pilot Program Finds Early Autism Intervention Beneficial

September 10th, 2014
Provocative new research suggests treatment for autism during infancy can significantly reduce symptoms so that by age three, most who received the therapy had neither autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) nor developmental delay. Researchers from the University of California, Davis MIND Institute developed the ...

Robots May Help Autistic Kids Learn Life Skills

September 1st, 2014
A new study from the University of Southern California (USC) has found that humanoid robots can help children with autism spectrum disorder learn new skills and improve social behaviors. According to researchers, the robots help children learn by imitating behavior and by providing ...

Mothers of Autistic Kids Benefit from Peer-Led Intervention

August 31st, 2014
Peer-led support groups that target the well-being of moms with disabled children have been found to significantly reduce maternal stress, depression, and anxiety, according to new research from Vanderbilt University. “The well-being of this population is critically important because, compared to parents of ...

Autism Risk May be Linked to Mother’s Depression, Not Medication

August 27th, 2014
The debate continues on whether prenatal antidepressant use increases the risk of autism among children. New research suggests prior findings that show an increased risk of autism after medication use, may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe maternal depression. The new ...

In Autism, Poor ‘Pruning’ of Neurons Leads to Excess Synapses

August 23rd, 2014
Children and teens with autism have a sluggish brain “pruning” process during development compared to healthy kids, according to neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). This slower pruning process results in a surplus of brain synapses -- the points where neurons ...

In Kids, Physical Disabilities Down But Others Are Up — Especially Among Rich

August 19th, 2014
Although physical disabilities have declined among U.S. children, there has been a sharp rise in mental and developmental problems, especially in those from wealthier families, according to a 10-year analysis published in the journal Pediatrics. Children from poor families, however, still bear the ...

Low Levels of Oxytocin Linked to Poor Social Skills

August 18th, 2014
A new study has found that higher levels of the “cuddle” hormone oxytocin are linked to stronger social skills in both healthy children and in children with autism. The research is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It ...