Autism

Did you know 1-in-68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

Almost half of children identified with autism has average to above average intellectual ability. Tweet >

Autism, more commonly referred to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by clinicians and families, is a biological condition that limits a child’s ability to develop social relationships and communicate. As a result, children often have significant problems in learning and experience many behavioral difficulties. The condition is usually life-long, although overall outcome is improving.

Autism symptoms and behaviors can range from mild to severe, and may seem to appear gradually or suddenly. Symptoms include social deficits, communication difficulties, repetitive behaviors, sensory difficulties, and unusual abilities.

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James F. Gusella, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on autism
James F. Gusella, Ph.D.
September 30, 2016
From The Quarterly, September 2016 Genetic abnormalities called copy number variations (CNVs) are thought to be among the most common causes of...
Ryan K.C. Yuen, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on autism
Ryan K.C. Yuen, Ph.D.
September 20, 2016
A research team has identified a new set of genes that may contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism and learning disabilities. The...
Evdokia Anagnostou, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Autism
Evdokia Anagnostou, M.D.
September 09, 2016
Second-generation antipsychotic medications like risperidone (Risperdal) and aripiprazole (Abilify) can help reduce agitation and irritability in children with...
Anne Bassett, M.D. - Brain & Behavior research expert on autism
Anne Bassett, M.D.
August 10, 2016
Deletions of DNA in a portion of a gene known as NRXN1 may play a role in neurodevelopmental disorders, according to a study published on May 19, 2016 in...
Michael O’Donovan, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Schizophrenia
Michael O’Donovan, M.D., Ph.D.
July 27, 2016
Although women show more of a certain type of genetic mutation linked to schizophrenia than do men, that pattern does not influence their risk of developing...

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