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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Santhosh Girirajan, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Autism
Santhosh Girirajan, Ph.D.
January 20, 2016
Scientists have found that other disorders including intellectual disability can confuse the diagnosis of autism. This provides a possible explanation for at...
Noboru Hiroi, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Autism
Noboru Hiroi, Ph.D.
January 15, 2016
For an infant, crying is an effective form of communication, reliably summoning a parent in times of need. But new research in mice suggests that a genetic...
Kelly Anne Barnes, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Autism
Kelly Anne Barnes, Ph.D.
January 05, 2016
When children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it can be difficult to predict what that means for their future. Some will achieve high levels...
Catalina Betancur, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Autism
Catalina Betancur, M.D., Ph.D.
October 30, 2015
Researchers studying people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have uncovered rare mutations in a gene involved in brain cell communication.  As...
Flora M. Vaccarino, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior research expert on autism
Dr. Flora M. Vaccarino
August 14, 2015
By coaxing cells from autistic people to grow into brain-like clusters of cells in the laboratory, scientists have uncovered a developmental flaw that skews...

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