Not too long ago, an autism diagnosis was seen as a door tightly shut on a world that communicated differently. Today, people with autism have a powerful key to unlock that door — thousands of apps to help them communicate.Read more
Archive for: Autism News
New research finds that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) begin their life with normal development until they reach six months of age.
This finding is a result of the largest prospective, longitudinal study to date comparing children with early and later diagnosis of ASD with children without ASD.Read more
In 1990, 6 out of 10,000 children were diagnosed with autism by age 5 in California. In 2001, it was 42 in 10,000 — a 600 per cent spike.
For the past 10 years, Irva Hertz-Picciotto has tried to discover what environmental factors could account for that staggering increase. And she thinks not enough other researchers are trying to do the same.Read more
A few weeks ago, a study was published that I hope will dispel the fears of parents and caregivers of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who have been worried about proposed changes in diagnoses. As a clinician who has seen families and people with ASD almost every day of my life for more than 30 years,Read more
In a newly planned trial, recently approved by the FDA, researchers will examine whether stem cells obtained through umbilical cord blood at birth may be an effective treatment for children with autism.Read more
Tales of children with autism spectrum disorders who wander off, or “elope,” as it is known in the field, have been largely anecdotal. Now research just published in the journal Pediatrics shows that half of kids with ASD do roam, putting themselves in danger with sometimes tragic results.Read more
Just five years ago, Azadeh Kushki had never met anyone with autism. As an electrical engineering student earning a PhD at the University of Toronto, her focus was much more on theoretical work, and much less the practical applications of her valuable knowledge.
It wasn’t until the 33-year-old volunteered at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto that life took a very different direction.Read more