Rett syndrome is a rare, debilitating disease in which patients progressively lose brain function and the ability to walk. Relatively little is known about the neuronal causes of Rett syndrome, but scientists have now identified a process...Show More Summary
Sight, touch and hearing are our windows to the world: these sensory channels send a constant flow of information to the brain, which acts to sort out and integrate these signals, allowing us to perceive the world and interact with our environment. But how do these sensory pathways emerge during development?
A gene dubbed the ‘Teashirt’ by its discoverers has been identified as a link between children with kidney problems and autism, in a new study which has implications for how doctors working on both conditions administer tests to their patients.
Children with autism spectrum disorder, who participated in a virtual reality training program, improved social cognition skills and reported better real-world relationships. Neurocognitive testing showed significant gains in emotional recognition, understanding the perspective of others and the ability to problem solve.
Until recently, scientists thought they understood one of the underlying causes of fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of intellectual disability in the United States. The syndrome, which is associated with autism, was believed to be linked primarily to overactivity in a molecular pathway in the brain.
Researchers are collaborating to expand the potential of their robot assistant for the treatment of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Specifically, the goal is to explore the ways in which the AISOY robot can enhance therapy sessions at the UMH University Clinic.
The sense of touch may play a more crucial role in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than previously assumed. The main findings of the research show that individuals with ASD may have difficulties to determine which tactile sensations belong to the action of someone else.
Dystroglycan, a muscle cell receptor whose dysfunction causes muscular dystrophy, actually has a critical role in brain development, researchers have discovered.
Half of our healthy neurons contain huge insertions or deletions in DNA, new research indicates. The findings may help explain what makes us each unique -- why even identical twins can be so different from one other, for example -- and how jumping genes can go awry and cause disease.
Experts believe that a family-based cognitive behavioral therapy may be the key for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have problems sleeping.
A study of a new mouse model identifies a drug target that has the potential to increase social interaction in individuals with some forms of autism spectrum disorder.
Attitudes about autism vary greatly around the world.
Are you thinking about your teen with autism and possible employment? Consider his interests, strengths, and obsessions.
Looking at self-employment as an option sometimes leads to an actual job. The process of discovering a person’s strengths and weaknesses can lead to traditional employment.
Emerging technology can help brains change themselves, without chemicals. The prospect is scary to many, and controversial.
Instead of focusing on the skills your child or student does not have, look at the top ten attributes employers search for. Your chid or student probably has a few of those.
Were the ancient calendars a product of early autistic thinkers? If so, is that one more example of their place in the early churches, guiding humanity?
Preparing a child or student with autism for life as a productive adult? Planning ahead and teaching life skills needed for employment are two important steps.
In the autism community, parents often think they know best. But increasing numbers of young adult autistics challenge that notion.
Many identify with Asperger's syndrome, a part of the Autism Spectrum. New revelations that Dr. Asperger may have participated in murder in WWII cast doubt on his legacy.