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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: language

May 2019
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.

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.

an autistic boy in a field

Repetitive behaviors ease with age in most autistic children

by  /  3 May 2019

Restricted and repetitive behaviors decrease significantly in about 75 percent of autistic children from age 3 to 11.

Mother offers toys to toddler

Autistic children’s decline in development may begin at 9 months

by  /  1 May 2019

Some autistic children’s communication and motor skills begin to decelerate between 9 and 18 months — years before the average age of diagnosis.

April 2019
Boy wearing his backpack, outside

Children who outgrow autism label end up with other diagnoses

by  /  25 April 2019

Nearly all children who lose their autism diagnosis have other conditions, such as anxiety and language and behavioral disorders.

Illustration of a child seen in front of cables, with matching cables in the brain area not fully connected

Families need guidance before buying a communication app for autism

by  /  23 April 2019

The popularity of mobile devices offers families the promise of communication with their autistic child, but success is more than a click away.

Black and white photographic portrait of the scientist Evelina Fedorenko

Webinar: Evelina Fedorenko discusses language processing in autism

 /  17 April 2019

Watch the complete replay of Evelina Fedorenko discussing language processing and development in autism.

Anxious looking child

New scale measures anxiety in children with autism

by  /  12 April 2019

A new parent questionnaire is the first test designed to gauge anxiety in children with autism.

March 2019
Child with educational toys

Latest test of promising autism therapy shows only mild benefits

by  /  14 March 2019

A much-touted behavioral therapy for autism, the Early Start Denver Model, may not be as effective as its creators had hoped.


Sophisticated software makes sense of rodent squeaks

by  /  1 March 2019

New artificial-intelligence software detects and analyzes the ultrasonic squeaks and cries that constitute inaudible rodent language.