Autism

Autism (sometimes called “classical autism”) is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. Other ASDs include Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS). Experts estimate that three to six children out of every 1,000 will have autism. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females.
What is Autism?

Autism is not a single disease entity. It is part of a range of developmental disorders known as autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). They begin in childhood and last through adulthood.

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Study identifies strengths and specific challenges among young autistic drivers

Study identifies strengths and specific challenges among young autistic drivers

Study reveals new clues to sex differences in autism

Study reveals new clues to sex differences in autism

Study provides new insights into how signal molecules are transported in the axons

Study provides new insights into how signal molecules are transported in the axons

Study sheds light on how autism manifests in the brains of girls

Study sheds light on how autism manifests in the brains of girls

Researchers awarded $2.7 million grant to investigate sex differences in social reward

Researchers awarded $2.7 million grant to investigate sex differences in social reward

Linkam FDCS196 stage used in research to develop a novel transdermal delivery system for risperidone

Linkam FDCS196 stage used in research to develop a novel transdermal delivery system for risperidone

Early exposure to smell can affect perception and social behavior later in life

Early exposure to smell can affect perception and social behavior later in life

Marshall University researcher awarded $399,600 NIH grant to study sex differences in brain development

Marshall University researcher awarded $399,600 NIH grant to study sex differences in brain development

Researchers identify nonelectrical cells that transition the brain from plasticity to stability

Researchers identify nonelectrical cells that transition the brain from plasticity to stability

Mutations to autism-associated gene cause a cascade of problems in developing mouse brains

Mutations to autism-associated gene cause a cascade of problems in developing mouse brains

New tool helps measure communication development in youth with Down syndrome

New tool helps measure communication development in youth with Down syndrome

Microrna-29 molecule controls brain maturation in mammals

Microrna-29 molecule controls brain maturation in mammals

Compassion training can improve the well-being of relatives of people with mental illness

Compassion training can improve the well-being of relatives of people with mental illness

$15.7 million NIMH grant to renew UC Davis Conte Center studying the origins of mental illness

$15.7 million NIMH grant to renew UC Davis Conte Center studying the origins of mental illness

UNC scientists identify a molecule as powerful controller of brain maturation in mammals

UNC scientists identify a molecule as powerful controller of brain maturation in mammals

New mini-microscope enables imaging of complex brain functions in freely moving mice

New mini-microscope enables imaging of complex brain functions in freely moving mice

Autistic individuals may be wrongly perceived as deceptive and lacking credibility

Autistic individuals may be wrongly perceived as deceptive and lacking credibility

Metabolic dysfunction found in mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders

Metabolic dysfunction found in mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders

OCD patients with psychiatric comorbidities can benefit from deep brain stimulation

OCD patients with psychiatric comorbidities can benefit from deep brain stimulation

Strengths-based approach may attribute to positive outcomes in children with autism spectrum disorder

Strengths-based approach may attribute to positive outcomes in children with autism spectrum disorder