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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: language

August 2019

Mouse squeaks may be poor analog for human speech

by  /  16 August 2019

The brain areas involved in mice’s ultrasonic vocalizations may not be the same as those that govern human speech.

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Rapid prompting method

Analysis finds no evidence for popular autism communication method

by  /  15 August 2019

A comprehensive review has found no scientific basis for a controversial technique that supposedly helps autistic people communicate.

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Test of ‘preemptive’ autism therapy detects few benefits

by  /  5 August 2019

An experimental behavioral therapy delivered by parents does not improve autism traits in babies who screen positive for the condition.

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Early exposure to speech may shape autistic children’s language ability

by  /  1 August 2019

The more words autistic children hear as infants — and the more verbal interactions they have with their caregivers — the better their language skills at age 2.

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July 2019

Large study supports discarding the term ‘high-functioning autism’

by  /  3 July 2019

Autistic people described as ‘high functioning’ because they do not have intellectual disability often still struggle with daily living skills.

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June 2019

Book review: ‘The Rosie Result’ crafts foolish caricatures of autism

by  /  18 June 2019

In the final installment of Graeme Simsion’s bestselling Rosie trilogy, the protagonist’s implied autism becomes explicit — and leaves our reviewer cold.

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May 2019
Man and woman portraits on a 'family tree'

What the ‘broad spectrum’ can teach us about autism

by  /  15 May 2019

The relatives of autistic people often have mild traits of the condition. Studying these family members could broaden our understanding of autism.

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Child in magnetoencephalograph (MEG) scanner

Brains of minimally verbal autistic children respond slowly to sound

by  /  4 May 2019

Several of the brain’s responses to sound are sluggish in autistic children who speak few or no words, compared with those who are verbal.

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mother talking to a baby on bed

Signs of autism may be heard early in infancy

by  /  4 May 2019

Autistic infants as young as 4 months may have fewer verbal exchanges with their caregivers than their peers do.

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Children Playing with Toy Blocks

More than half of young autistic children have language delays

by  /  3 May 2019

Most 4-year-old autistic children cannot string more than two words together.

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