Language difficulties and emotional challenges such as anxiety or aggression in children with autism at age 3 predict their social skills at around age 5.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
People on the spectrum often have subtle problems using language or making facial expressions. Pinpointing where those difficulties originate may help ease their social communication.
A diagnosis of social communication disorder only keeps people from a community and resources they desperately want and need.
A single gene, OTUD7A, may account for most of the features seen in people missing a segment of chromosome 15 known as 15q13.3.
Language problems in children with autism may be partially rooted in an inability to integrate sight and sound when other people talk.
Folic acid, a B vitamin, may lower autism risk and ease features of the condition.
Children with autism who speak few or no words improve in their verbal abilities after their parents learn to engage them in conversation during play.
Roughly one in five children who has an extra piece of chromosome 7 also meets the criteria for an autism diagnosis.