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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Effectiveness of Acceptance Commitment Therapy for autistic individuals has been investigated

Effectiveness of Acceptance Commitment Therapy for autistic individuals has been investigated

Repeated DNA sequences in the genome may contribute to schizophrenia risk

Repeated DNA sequences in the genome may contribute to schizophrenia risk

Evaluating mental health of adults with neurodevelopmental disorders during COVID-19 pandemic

Evaluating mental health of adults with neurodevelopmental disorders during COVID-19 pandemic

Brain circuit in the anterior thalamus is crucial for remembering how to navigate a maze

Brain circuit in the anterior thalamus is crucial for remembering how to navigate a maze

Deficiency of YWHAZ gene alters neurodevelopmental process in zebrafish

Deficiency of YWHAZ gene alters neurodevelopmental process in zebrafish

Postnatal gene therapy may be able to prevent or reverse deadly effects of Pitt-Hopkins syndrome

Postnatal gene therapy may be able to prevent or reverse deadly effects of Pitt-Hopkins syndrome

Inversions in the human genome found to be more common than previously thought

Inversions in the human genome found to be more common than previously thought

Understanding how the COVID pandemic impacts childhood autism and neurodevelopmental disorders

Understanding how the COVID pandemic impacts childhood autism and neurodevelopmental disorders

Study uses brain organoids to reveal how autism-linked genetic mutation disrupts neural development

Study uses brain organoids to reveal how autism-linked genetic mutation disrupts neural development

Epigenetic abnormalities in hematopoietic cells during fetal development cause idiopathic autism

Epigenetic abnormalities in hematopoietic cells during fetal development cause idiopathic autism

Autism, ADHD and school absence are associated with increased risk for self- harm in adolescents

Autism, ADHD and school absence are associated with increased risk for self- harm in adolescents

Scientists identify the neural basis of pleasant touch sensation

Scientists identify the neural basis of pleasant touch sensation

New insights could lead to better treatments for Dravet syndrome and related conditions

New insights could lead to better treatments for Dravet syndrome and related conditions

Early self-awareness of autism associated with better adult outcomes

Early self-awareness of autism associated with better adult outcomes

Quantitative MRI can detect subtle differences in the brain structure of premature babies

Quantitative MRI can detect subtle differences in the brain structure of premature babies

Study finds a bidirectional link between gastrointestinal issues and internalized symptoms in kids with autism

Study finds a bidirectional link between gastrointestinal issues and internalized symptoms in kids with autism

Impaired brain growth in the womb can predict worsened infant neurodevelopmental outcomes

Impaired brain growth in the womb can predict worsened infant neurodevelopmental outcomes

Abnormalities in astrocytes may play a key role in causing autism spectrum disorder symptoms

Abnormalities in astrocytes may play a key role in causing autism spectrum disorder symptoms

Anti-vaccine ideology gains ground as lawmakers seek to erode rules for kids’ shots

Anti-vaccine ideology gains ground as lawmakers seek to erode rules for kids’ shots

Better understanding of hydrocephalus could lead to improved treatments

Better understanding of hydrocephalus could lead to improved treatments