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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Fred Volkmar, M.D.,Yale University
Fred Volkmar, M.D.
April 18, 2012
From The Quarterly, Spring 2012 One of the key factors in autism is visual focus. From the time of birth, normal babies are drawn to look at faces, and...
Daniel H. Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D. of UCLA School of Medicine
Dr. Daniel H. Geschwind
April 06, 2012
Three independent research teams recently reported that for the first time, specific gene mutations known as 'De novo mutations' are risk factors for autism....
Schahram Akbarian, M.D., Ph.D. of the University of Massachusetts
Dr. Schahram Akbarian
January 16, 2012
In people with autism spectrum disorders, nerve cells in the prefrontal cortex and other brain regions show subtle defects. Rare genetic mutations account for...
New York Times
New York Times
December 29, 2011
On the front page of Monday’s NY Times, Amy Harmon introduces Jack Robison and Kirsten Lindsmith, two young adults diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a brain...
James C. McPartland, Ph.D. of Yale University
James McPartland, Ph.D.
December 23, 2011
NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee James C. McPartland, Ph.D. and colleagues at Yale University have conducted recent studies on Autism and the ability to...

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