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Tag: language

November 2018
A young boy plays with blocks

Revised test offers reliable way to track autism over time

by  /  1 November 2018

A recalibrated version of a widely used test for autism may accurately reflect autistic children’s development as they grow and become verbal.

October 2018
Young girl with teacher in a speech therapy session.

Therapy taps rhythm to boost speech in autistic children

by  /  24 October 2018

A new type of speech therapy may improve the verbal abilities of children with autism who speak few or no words.

An illustration shows colored blocks with a child's hand and an adult's hand moving them.

Early interventions, explained

by  /  4 October 2018

The accepted wisdom in autism research holds that early intervention offers the best promise for an autistic child’s well-being. But how effective are these therapies?

September 2018
Collage image shows figure of person experiencing a tough therapy session

At the intersection of autism and trauma

by  /  26 September 2018

Autism and post-traumatic stress disorder share many traits, but the connection between them was largely overlooked until now.

August 2018

Long-term study shows language’s role in easing autism features

by  /  31 August 2018

Difficulties with social communication appear to wane as toddlers with autism mature into young adults, perhaps due in large part to improvements in language ability.

Rhesus macaque making a funny face.

Three distinct brain systems underlie monkey social skills

by  /  10 August 2018

A new map shows three brain networks that govern social communication in rhesus macaques.

July 2018
Week of JulyJul

Anxiety app; favorite things; overheard words and more

by  /  13 July 2018

An app may help people with autism manage anxiety, adults on the spectrum share the items they use to self-soothe, and autistic children can pick up new words by overhearing them.

June 2018
Big baby plays with two connected rings while two scientists with clipboards look on.

Traits of other conditions may spur autism

by ,  /  12 June 2018

Early features of other conditions may contribute to autism itself

Two young sons and one mother under a pedigree chart showing family.

Deep search reveals gene’s link to autism, intellectual disability

by  /  7 June 2018

Harmful mutations in a gene called NAA15 may lead to autism, intellectual disability and delayed speech and motor function.

May 2018
Toddler playing with legos

Autism screen misses children with noticeable delays

by  /  21 May 2018

A widely used test for autism misses some children with delays in motor, social and communication skills.