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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: language

July 2017
Week of JulyJul

Valproate ban; hearing voices; adult autism and more

by  /  21 July 2017

A movement to ban valproate during pregnancy gains a foothold in France, people with auditory hallucinations seek to demedicalize the experience, and adults on the spectrum speak out.


Like children, marmosets learn to ‘talk’ by listening

by  /  21 July 2017

Baby marmosets learn to vocalize by mimicking their parents, which helps to establish their utility for studying autism.

Illustration: a brightly colored child stands among dark, shadowy figures.

The social ties between autism and schizophrenia

by  /  12 July 2017

Autism and schizophrenia share a long and tangled history. Comparing the social features of the two conditions could lead to better treatments and a deeper understanding of each.

June 2017

Heart rate may foretell autism features in infants

by  /  28 June 2017

Babies with a family history of autism have heart rates that are unusually low and that respond aberrantly to speech sounds.

May 2017

Chromosome 16 mutations augur distinct developmental paths

by  /  25 May 2017

Children missing a stretch of DNA on chromosome 16 show worsening motor and social skills in the first eight years of life; those with an extra copy of the region do not show this decline.


Virtual reality yields clues to social difficulties in autism

by ,  /  16 May 2017

Assessing social ability in adults with autism requires controlled tests involving real-time social interactions. Virtual reality makes this possible.


Many children with autism get significantly smarter over time

by  /  13 May 2017

Between the ages of 2 and 8, intelligence increases in half of children with autism. In some of these children, intellectual disability gives way to average intelligence.


Parents can help children with autism become better storytellers

by ,  /  2 May 2017

Parents in a pilot program reported a significant improvement in their child’s narration and were also surprised to see the difference it made in their ability to communicate with their sons and daughters with autism.

April 2017

Rare mutation linked to autism affects language ability

by  /  24 April 2017

Mutations in a gene called TRIP12 — which is involved in tagging proteins for destruction — can lead to intellectual disability, language delay and autism.


Parent reports of autism features vary by country

by  /  13 April 2017

Parents in the United States tend to rate their children’s autism features as more severe than do parents in four other countries.