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Tag: language

June 2015

New technology gives voice to nonverbal people with autism

by  /  22 June 2015

A new service provides personalized voices for people who use speech-generating devices. The service, called VocaliD, could help the nearly 25 percent of children with autism who speak few to no words.

May 2015

Behavioral profile of DNA disorder reveals ties to autism

by  /  26 May 2015

Children who carry an extra copy of part of chromosome 7 have symptoms ranging from social phobia to speech impediments. About one-third of them show signs of autism, according to the first systematic analysis of people with 7q11.23 duplication syndrome.


Device predicts future word use in toddlers with autism

by  /  15 May 2015

An automated analysis of the speech-like sounds from 3-year-olds with autism predicts their word use four months later, according to unpublished research presented yesterday at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Large study quantifies high risk of autism for ‘baby sibs’

by  /  15 May 2015

One in every five younger siblings of children with autism will end up being diagnosed with the disorder, according to the largest analysis to date of these ‘baby sibs.’


Listening to parents can help docs see early autism signs

by  /  15 May 2015

Parents can spot early signs of autism in their children but doctors don’t always listen to them, suggest two new studies.


Children who ‘recover’ from autism still struggle

by  /  12 May 2015

Some children with autism lose their diagnosis over time, but still struggle with language, learning and anxiety, says Lisa Shulman.


What should define autism: deficits or abilities?

by  /  11 May 2015

The new diagnosis for intellectual disability emphasizes what children with the disorder can do rather than what they cannot. Some researchers are arguing for a similar ‘ability framework’ for autism.     


Scientists discuss selfhood in autism

by  /  6 May 2015

A study on abnormal personal pronoun use among deaf children with autism raises questions about the essence of ‘self.’ But do differences in how we refer to ourselves suggest unique internal experiences?


Facebook, brain games may reveal DNA deletion’s effects

by  /  4 May 2015

Researchers are using social media and an online ‘brain-training’ program to study people with rare chromosomal abnormalities linked to autism.

April 2015

Helen Tager-Flusberg explores language in autism

 /  29 April 2015

Watch the complete replay of Helen Tager-Flusberg’s webinar discussing what language differences in autism reveal about the disorder’s biology.