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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Bradley S. Peterson, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on autism
Bradley S. Peterson, M.D., Ph.D.
August 22, 2014
In research published online Thursday, August 21st in Neuron, a team of researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), including 2010 NARSAD...
Michael M. Halassa, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on autism
Michael M. Halassa, M.D., Ph.D.
August 15, 2014
Mental illness is increasingly believed to be caused by malfunctioning circuitry in the brain. In newly published research led by Michael M. Halassa, M.D., Ph....
Xin Wang, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on autism
Xin Wang, Ph.D.
August 08, 2014
Neurons are the nerve cells known to be key players in the brain’s circuitry that enable us to perceive, sense, think, remember and behave. They respond to...
Joseph D. Buxbaum, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior scientific council member on autism
Joseph D. Buxbaum, Ph.D.
August 01, 2014
What are the greatest risk factors for autism? Are they genetic or environmental? If genetic, does the risk come from inherited mutations or from ones that...
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...

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