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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: language

October 2017
Baby sibs (top and middle rows) have weaker patterns of brain activity (blue) at the front of the brain than do controls (bottom row).

Brain signals hint at speech delay in babies at high autism risk

by  /  23 October 2017

Some infants who have an older sibling with autism show weak brain signals at 3 months of age.

Portrait of scientist Connie Vasari

Webinar: Connie Kasari evaluates efficacy of autism therapies

 /  18 October 2017

Watch the complete replay of Connie Kasari’s webinar on the efficacy of autism therapies.

Grid of 8 portraits of children with characteristic facial features

Small head, speech delay characterize mutations in autism gene

by  /  16 October 2017

Children with mutations in a gene called DYRK1A, a leading autism candidate, have a distinct set of features, including intellectual disability, speech delay, motor problems and a small head.

Ilustration of scientists balancing precariously on a ladder and painting.

‘Tone’ of phrase may differ in autism, but meaning is clear

by  /  3 October 2017

Adults who have autism speak with unusual emphases and tone, but their speech still conveys the intended emotions.

September 2017
Three toddlers looking at a stack of presents.

Brain, behavior distinguish autism from language delay

by  /  25 September 2017

Babies with autism show behavioral and brain features that differ from those of babies with language delay.

Pregnant woman pouring pills into her palm.

Epilepsy drugs pose risks to developing brains, study suggests

by  /  7 September 2017

Some drugs used to treat epilepsy may harm children who are exposed to them in the womb or through breast milk.

August 2017
Girl playing the piano while a teacher guides her along the music.

Music therapy for autism shows minimal social benefit

by  /  30 August 2017

Music therapy does not alleviate autism features, according to a large international study.

Structural anomalies (purple and blue) in the brains of babies with autism at 6 months (bottom row) become more widespread by 12 months (top row).

Weak ‘wiring’ in infant brains augurs severe autism features

by  /  21 August 2017

Babies who are later diagnosed with autism may show aberrant connections between some brain regions in their first year of life.

Week of AugustAug

Transcranial treatment; maternal inflammation; autism ants and more

by  /  18 August 2017

Transcranial treatment may bolster memory in adults with autism, inflammatory molecule may alter an emotional brain region in newborns, and examining ants could yield insights into autism

Illustration: a child stands in the center of a crowd, looking confused.

Rethinking regression in autism

by  /  2 August 2017

The loss of abilities that besets some toddlers with autism is probably less sudden and more common than anyone thought.