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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Xin Wang, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on autism
Xin Wang, Ph.D.
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Joseph D. Buxbaum, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior scientific council member on autism
Joseph D. Buxbaum, Ph.D.
August 01, 2014
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Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D., research expert on schizophrenia and autism
Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D.
July 15, 2014
Processes during brain development that can malfunction are believed to contribute to the onset of psychiatric illnesses, but identifying specific underlying...
Gavin Rumbaugh, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on general mental illness
Gavin Rumbaugh, Ph.D.
July 14, 2014
A mutation in a gene called Syngap1 is known to disrupt early brain development, resulting in various severe cognitive and behavioral disabilities. Research...
Lynn K. Paul, Ph.D. - brain & behavior research expert on autism
Lynn K. Paul, Ph.D.
May 15, 2014
The corpus callosum transfers information between the left and right sides of the brain and consists of a band of 200 million or more neural fibers. In a rare...

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