This is part 2 of Owen’s story. It tracks his early progress in treatment for autism. Part 1 described his difficult path to a diagnosis.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
In-depth analysis of important topics in autism.
Prisons are often ill-equipped to handle autistic inmates, who are at risk for mental health problems and abuse.
Rapid growth and inadequate standards in the ‘applied behavior analysis’ industry may put vulnerable children in the hands of poorly prepared technicians.
A gene therapy for Angelman syndrome stands at the forefront of efforts to treat autism-linked conditions that stem from single genes.
Protecting the privacy of autistic people and their families faces new challenges in the era of big data.
Autism is unusually common among blind people, and children with autism are more likely to have vision problems than their typical peers. Understanding why could lead to better therapies for autism for autism.
Hearing difficulties and autism often overlap, exacerbating autism traits and complicating diagnoses.
Having an autistic brother or sister can pose challenges, but it can also make children patient, empathetic and resilient.
Parents say the so-called ‘rapid prompting method’ unlocks hidden talents in their minimally verbal autistic children, but researchers question whether the words produced are the child’s own.
Growing ranks of researchers on the spectrum are overcoming barriers — from neurotypical bias to sensory sensitivities — to shape autism science.