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March 2011
Opinion

Whiz kids

by  /  29 March 2011

For many years, autism was considered synonymous with intellectual disability. A new study shows that perception is inaccurate.

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Cognition and behavior: Music is promising autism therapy

by  /  15 March 2011

Integrating music into interventions helps children who have autism with their social skills, language and behavior. But methods should be standardized and tested for effectiveness at home, according to a meta-analysis published in January in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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Opinion

Strategic update

by  /  4 March 2011

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee has released an updated list of priorities for government-funded autism research.

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February 2011
Opinion

Painting a picture

by  /  25 February 2011

A new technique documents real-time action in neurons by harnessing the changes in light that take place when they fire.

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Opinion

Left behind

by  /  18 February 2011

High school graduation marks the end of opportunities for social engagement and access to services for many young people with autism.

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Opinion

Packing heat

by  /  4 February 2011

A long list of autism researchers has officially rebuked le packing, a barbaric autism therapy that’s well known in France.

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News

Clinical research: Socially based intervention improves autism

by  /  4 February 2011

A new intervention that teaches toddlers skills in a real-world environment — a playgroup rather than a one-on-one interaction with a researcher, for instance — more than doubles their ability to imitate others, according to a January study in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

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January 2011
Opinion

Public options

by  /  24 January 2011

As autism rates rise, so do health care costs for the disorder. Despite federal programs, some children with autism are falling through the cracks in the health care system.

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IQ scores not a good measure of function in autism

by  /  6 January 2011

Most studies define high-functioning children as those with an IQ above 70 or 80, but this is problematic for a number of reasons, say some scientists. The assumption underlying the use of high IQ as a synonym for high functioning is suspect because social and communicative abilities may have a far greater impact on an individual’s daily interactions.

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December 2010
News

Clinical research: Rewards foster creativity in children with autism

by  /  10 December 2010

Positive reinforcement can help children with autism break out of repetitive patterns of play. Results from a study broadly suggest that behavioral intervention can improve creativity in these children.

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