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Tag: developmental delay

September 2015

Baby sibs show hints of autism before symptoms surface

by  /  11 September 2015

Some infants who are later diagnosed with autism have trouble holding up their heads or following objects with their eyes as early as 6 months of age.


Study questions whether eye for detail accompanies autism

by  /  4 September 2015

Visual processing irregularities in autism are subtle and depend on the child’s age, gender and task at hand.

May 2015

Listening to parents can help docs see early autism signs

by  /  15 May 2015

Parents can spot early signs of autism in their children but doctors don’t always listen to them, suggest two new studies.

April 2015

New video test assesses toddlers’ subtle social growth

by  /  1 April 2015

A 20-minute test enlists parents in gauging a toddler’s social development by showing them a video of how a typically developing child acts.

March 2015

Gene defect may signal distinctive form of autism

by  /  30 March 2015

Mutations in the gene DYRK1A underlie a type of autism marked by an unusually small head. The new work expands the breadth of symptoms included under the autism umbrella.

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The social network: How everyday interactions shape autism

by  /  23 March 2015

A new study is the first rigorous test of a controversial idea: that the everyday interactions between caregiver and child can shape the course of autism.


False diagnoses inflate autism rate in India

by  /  17 March 2015

Rushed doctors and lack of culturally appropriate screening tools are boosting autism diagnoses in India.

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February 2015
Week of FebruaryFeb

Spotted: Back to basics; measles mayhem

by  /  6 February 2015

Grad students and postdocs prove why basic science matters, and an outbreak sends a sobering message.

January 2015

Questions for Eric London: Alternative diagnoses for autism

by  /  2 January 2015

Names such as autism, schizophrenia and intellectual disability are ‘umbrella’ terms that muddy the search for the true cause of an individual’s symptoms, says Eric London. He plans to come up with an alternative diagnostic scheme for developmental disabilities over the next two years.

December 2014

Sequencing may offer smoother sailing in diagnostic odyssey

by  /  16 December 2014

Getting to a diagnosis of autism or another neurodevelopmental disorder is a long and frustrating experience for some families — especially when it comes to finding the underlying genetic cause. DNA sequencing could ease this arduous journey.