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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: attention

March 2019

Large set of brain scans reveals no telltale signs of autism

by  /  21 March 2019

The brains of autistic children show few differences from those of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or even of controls.

Light coming into bedroom at night might cause sleep disruption

Autistic children’s sleep problems may stem from sensory issues

by  /  20 March 2019

Heightened sensory perception in toddlers with autism may predict sleep problems at around age 7.

November 2018

Sensory issues in autism may have sex-specific roots

by  /  4 November 2018

Girls and boys with autism show different patterns of brain activity in response to sensory stimuli.

October 2018
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Eye-tracking test may reveal autism risk, severity

by  /  19 October 2018

Two novel algorithms that analyze where a child looks as she views a video could help clinicians spot autism.

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Overlap in traits of autism, attention deficit persists into adulthood

by  /  8 October 2018

Traits linked to autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder tend to co-occur even in adulthood.

June 2018
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Spectrum Stories: Gaming autism treatments

by  /  20 June 2018

Researchers are designing video games to hone visual-attention skills in children with autism. New host Ben Kuebrich explores.

Illustration: on the left, a person plays a video game in an arcade. On the right, a scientist stands in front of scientific instruments.

How to game the search for autism treatments

by  /  20 June 2018

An expanding arcade of video games takes aim at easing autism traits, from poor visual attention to problems with motor skills. But how useful — and fun — are these games, really?

May 2018
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Special interests hinder self-control in children with autism

by  /  12 May 2018

Children with autism show much less restraint when confronted with one of their interests, compared with their typical peers.

March 2018
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Attention deficit disorder, autism share cognitive problems

by  /  22 March 2018

Children with autism may have many of the cognitive difficulties seen in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Sensory aspects of speech linked to language issues in autism

by  /  8 March 2018

Language problems in children with autism may be partially rooted in an inability to integrate sight and sound when other people talk.