Autism News

Child-Directed Play Blends Autistic Kids into Group

Child-Directed Play Blends Autistic Kids into Group

October 28th, 2014
Finding a setting that allows autistic kids to socialize with more normally developing peers is often a Catch-22 for parents. For while autistic youth need significant practice to develop social skills, deficits in this skill set often make play, and associating with similar age ...
Mindfulness Can Boost Kids' Math Scores, Kindness, Likability

Early Intervention Focuses on Sibs of Autistic Kids

October 18th, 2014
Approximately 20 percent of younger siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will develop the disorder by age three. Of these, 57 percent may show symptoms at 18 months, according to a new study by the Yale School of Medicine. “While the majority of ...
Seeing ADHD On A Spectrum, Not A Disease Category

Seeing ADHD On A Spectrum, Not A Disease Category

October 16th, 2014
A new study suggests that there is a natural spectrum of attention function in the general population, with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at one extreme. Accordingly, a genetic analysis may be able to predict children who will be a high risk for ADHD. If ...
Study Finds Chemical in Broccoli Sprouts Eases Autism Symptoms

Study Finds Chemical in Broccoli Sprouts Eases Autism Symptoms

October 14th, 2014
A small clinical trial provides tantalizing evidence that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts may mitigate behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studied 40 teenage boys ...
Suicidal Thoughts 10 Times More Likely in Adults With Asperger's

Suicidal Thoughts 10 Times More Likely in Adults With Asperger’s

October 13th, 2014
Recent findings highlight a staggering rate of suicidal thoughts among adults with Asperger's syndrome. "Depression is an important potential risk factor for suicidal thoughts in people with this condition," said psychologist and study author Dr. Sarah Cassidy,  a researcher at the Autism ...
New Hypothesis Posits Autism as Disorder of Prediction

New Hypothesis Posits Autism as Disorder of Prediction

October 12th, 2014
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) neuroscientists have posed a new hypothesis for autism, suggesting that the disorder may be rooted in an impaired ability to predict events and other people’s actions. The researchers assert that, to an autistic child, the world appears to ...
Parent Coaching Shows Benefits for Autistic Kids

Parent Coaching Shows Benefits for Autistic Kids

October 3rd, 2014
Coaching parents on ways to better interact and engage with a preschool-aged child with an autism-spectrum disorder (ASD) is an intervention that benefits both child and parent. In a clinical trial, the "Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters" (PLAY) Project approach yielded improved ...
Autistic Kids Inactive, Yet Similar Fitness Levels to Peers

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

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

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 ...