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Siblings of children with autism can show signs at 18 months

Photo: Siblings [22/10/2014] About 20 percent of younger siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will develop the condition by age 3. A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers has found that 57 percent of these younger siblings who later develop the condition already showed symptoms at age 18 months.Siblings of children with autism can show signs at 18 months - Read more

Hidden population: Thousands of youths take on caregiver role at home

Photo: Young hand reaching out and holding old hand [15/10/2014] While the typical preteen or adolescent can be found playing sports or video games after school, more than 1.3 million spend their free time caring for a family member who suffers from a physical or mental illness, or substance misuse.Hidden population: Thousands of youths take on caregiver role at home - Read more

Children with autism are more sedentary than their peers

Photo: Boy with autism sitting and drawing [29/09/2014] A new Oregon State University (OSU) study of children with autism found that they are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day sitting.Children with autism are more sedentary than their peers - Read more

New clinical trial for children with autism to target parents

Photo: Father talking to his son [15/09/2014] In a first of its kind clinical trial, Debra Zand and her team at Saint Louis University, will run an intervention program to help parents address and manage their children's challenging behaviors immediately after being diagnosed with autism.New clinical trial for children with autism to target parents - Read more

Socially-assistive robots help kids with autism learn by providing personalized prompts

Photo: Representation of the 'copycat game' interaction between the child and the Nao robot [29/08/2014] A team of researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering shares results from a pilot study on the effects of using humanoid robots to help children with autism practice imitation behavior in order to encourage their autonomy.Socially-assistive robots help kids with autism learn by providing personalized prompts - Read more