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Animals' presence may ease social anxiety in kids with autism

Photo: Guinea pig on a child's lap [22/05/2015] When animals are present, children with autism have lower readings on a device that detects anxiety and other forms of social arousal when interacting with their peers. Companion animals – like dogs, cats or the guinea pigs in a new study – may prove to be a helpful addition to treatment programs designed to help children with ASDs improve their social skills and interactions with other people.Animals' presence may ease social anxiety in kids with autism - Read more

Facilitating trips to the dentist for children with autism

Photo: Boy at the dentist [13/05/2015] Going to the dentist might have just gotten a little less scary for the estimated 1 in 68 U.S. children with autism spectrum disorder as well as children with dental anxiety, due to new research from the University of Southern California (USC).Facilitating trips to the dentist for children with autism - Read more

One in 3 young adults with autism disconnected from work and school

Graphic with numbers [05/05/2015] Autism does not end when children reach adulthood – yet most public awareness, public policy and research about autism focus on the needs of children. Families, service providers, community leaders and policymakers still know too little about the experiences and outcomes of young people on the autism spectrum as they enter their adult lives.One in 3 young adults with autism disconnected from work and school - Read more

Violent video games not linked to aggression in adults with autism

Photo: Young man playing video game [20/04/2015] Following the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, some in the media and the public speculated a link existed between autism spectrum disorder and violence and, in particular, that violent video games may cause gamers with autism to act violently. Now, a study from the University of Missouri has found evidence to contradict this speculation.Violent video games not linked to aggression in adults with autism - Read more

Simple strategies lead to improvements in 1 year-olds at risk for autism

Photo: Child imitating mother's behavior [06/02/2015] A new study by University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill researchers finds that a collection of simple strategies used by parents can lead to significant improvements in one-year-olds at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).Simple strategies lead to improvements in 1 year-olds at risk for autism - Read more

Advanced 3-D facial imaging may aid in early detection of autism

Photo: Elderly woman with a young girl [19/01/2015] Early detection of autism in children is the key for treatments to be most effective and produce the best outcomes. Using advanced three-dimensional imaging and statistical analysis techniques, researchers at the University of Missouri have identified facial measurements in children with autism that may lead to a screening tool for young children and provide clues to its genetic causes.Advanced 3-D facial imaging may aid in early detection of autism - Read more

Pediatricians miss autism symptoms in brief checkups

Photo: Lead author and toddler [14/01/2015] As the rate of children with autism in the U.S. continues to grow, a new study published in top-ranked journal Pediatrics shows that medical professionals can't rely solely on their clinical judgment to detect autism risk.Pediatricians miss autism symptoms in brief checkups - Read more

Children with autism who live with pets are more assertive

Photo: Laughing girl with a dog and a cat [05/01/2015] Dogs and other pets play an important role in individuals' social lives, and they can act as catalysts for social interaction, previous research has shown. Although much media attention has focused on how dogs can improve the social skills of children with autism, a researcher recently found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lived in the home.Children with autism who live with pets are more assertive - Read more

Minute movements of autistic children and parents provide clue to severity of disorder

Photo: Person touching a screen [03/12/2014] Imperceptible variations in movement patterns among individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are important indicators of the severity of the disorder in children and adults. For the first time, researchers at Indiana University and Rutgers University report developing a quantitative way to assess these otherwise ignored variations in movement and link those variations to a diagnosis.Minute movements of autistic children and parents provide clue to severity of disorder - Read more

Why people with autism see faces differently

Photo: Four people looking into the camera [26/11/2014] The way people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gather information – not the judgement process itself – might explain why they gain different perceptions from peoples' faces, according to a new study from Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies and the University of Montreal.Why people with autism see faces differently - Read more

 
 

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