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Tag: language

February 2015

Autism’s impact on language is independent of native tongue

by  /  24 February 2015

Native speakers of tonal languages who have autism are adept at identifying pitch in music, but this does not help them interpret tone in language.


Study downgrades autism gene’s effects to rare glitches

by  /  16 February 2015

After eight years of prominence as an autism risk gene, a new analysis significantly brings down CNTNAP2’s importance in the disorder: According to the study, rare mutations in a single copy of the gene are unlikely to cause autism. 


Symptoms in children with autism follow diverse paths

by  /  9 February 2015

Within months of being diagnosed with autism, preschoolers with the disorder may already be on distinct trajectories, according to a study published 28 January in JAMA Psychiatry.  The findings suggest that the severity of autism symptoms does not track with the ability to function in daily life.

Week of FebruaryFeb

Spotted: Back to basics; measles mayhem

by  /  6 February 2015

Grad students and postdocs prove why basic science matters, and an outbreak sends a sobering message.

January 2015
Week of JanuaryJan

Spotted: Video therapy; supplement slam

by  /  30 January 2015

Home videos may ease social deficits in babies, and a supplement maker is scolded over autism claims.


Toddlers with autism show few symptoms during brief exams

by  /  23 January 2015

Many toddlers with autism display so few abnormal behaviors during short doctor visits that they may evade the diagnostic eye of even expert clinicians.


Questions for Eric London: Alternative diagnoses for autism

by  /  2 January 2015

Names such as autism, schizophrenia and intellectual disability are ‘umbrella’ terms that muddy the search for the true cause of an individual’s symptoms, says Eric London. He plans to come up with an alternative diagnostic scheme for developmental disabilities over the next two years.

December 2014

Gauging intelligence in autism over time

by  /  12 December 2014

Adapting traditional tests of intelligence for people with intellectual disability can deflate their scores over time. Somer Bishop calls for tests that more accurately assess intelligence in this group.


Facial measurements resurface in search for autism clues

by  /  8 December 2014

A group of scientists is using fast, accurate and minimally invasive measurement systems to revive the once-tedious trade of dysmorphology, or the study of unusual facial features, in autism.

November 2014

For behavioral therapy, location is key

by  /  28 November 2014

Behavioral interventions that are led by parents and learned at home can improve autism symptoms in toddlers.